I have been dreaming about giant African American people puppets for a long time. The first iteration of my with this idea came to life in spring 2018. experiment with The Bluest Eye told with live actors and yes giant African American puppets. For me the puppets are both talismans and in performance the actors movement took on a processional quality. Their bodies took on the formal organized, ceremonial manner. Something of the magic of the religious and triumphal came to life. The show was recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as on the best performances of the year. I long to continue experimenting with these tools and continue at question Blackness in contested spaces. During the summer of 2016, started touring her newest piece An Untitled Project Involving Bodies, Dirt and Space. In summer 2015 toured her original work Confluence formerly entitled A Negro Speaks of Rivers to Australia. In spring 2015 she wrote and directed “From the Rock” for Los Angeles Plays the River. This work brought professional and community artists together to explore the nature of ‘language and movement’ as a river that connects generations.
As an actor she has appeared on regional and international stages including Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Rep, South Coast Repertory, La Mama Theatre (Melbourne, Australia), Theatre of Changes (Athens, Greece), Red Pear Theatre (Antibes, France), and The Magnet Theatre (Cape Town, South Africa). She won world-wide praise for her starring role in the film “Children of God.” Her latest flim, the supernatural thriller, “The Dark Rite,” is slated for a 2016 release. She has also acted in television programs, including “The Orlando Jones Show,” “Commander in Chief” and others. Her visual work has been shown in solo and group shows at Art Share Los Angeles and The National Gallery of Art in Nassau, Bahamas. She holds memberships in One Union (SAG-AFTRA) and Actors Equity Association (AEA).
Within her performance practice she is questioning the how science and systems of engineering manipulate voice, breath, flesh and the natural world. Within actor training environments while specifically teaching voice, speech, movement and acting she incorporates and re-contextualizing interdisciplinary topics such as Identity, Critical Race Theory, Pastoral Theory, Accents-Dialects, Vernacular Dance, Postcolonial Theory, Contemporary Heightened text and Shakespearean Text, Solo Performance and Devised Theatre.
Education and Training:
M.F.A. Classical Theatre, The George Washington University at The Shakespeare Theatre
B. S. Interdepartmental Studies, School of Speech, Northwestern University
Fitzmaurice Voicework Certified Associate Instructor
Michael Chekhov Technique Certified Instructor
Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Certified
Voicing with Archetypes, Janet Rodgers
Honors and Awards:
Lucas Artist Residency
yMontalvo 5 Hour -Sculpture
Pomona College Travel Grant
Screen Actors GuildAFTRA
Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance, University of California, Davis