EducationCurrently an MFA Candidate in Mac Wellman's playwriting program at Brooklyn College (2018).
BA Kenyon College (2011). Graduated Summa cum Laude with Highest Honors and Distinction in English and Distinction in Spanish Literature; GPA 3.96, Phi Beta Kappa.
Studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile (Spring 2010); Internationally certified Spanish-speaker (DELE level B2).
ExperienceI am a playwright, director, and teacher and am currently an MFA playwriting candidate at Brooklyn College.
I have taught and tutored students in a variety of subjects at a range of grade levels since I was an undergraduate at Kenyon College. I am currently enrolled in a pedagogy course on the theory and practice of teaching basic writing and English composition at the college level--ultimately, I hope to teach playwriting and English at the university level, but I deeply value the opportunity to work with students of all ages.
Prior to moving to Brooklyn, I worked as Director of Development and Educational Programming for a small environmental organization in Davenport, Iowa. I won several major grants to implement arts-based educational programs such as an environmental play reading series and a site-specific podcast project. In Davenport, I also freelanced for Rosetta Stone, writing scripts for a medical interpretation course and proposing storylines for a series of children's stories.
Also in Davenport, I continued to tutor students ranging from kindergarten to 10th grade in math and English and taught tutorials in business English to international employees at John Deere.
In 2012-13, I served as artistic intern and later associate at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, where I read and selected new plays for production, facilitated new play development programs, and worked one-on-one with playwrights in the process of creating new work. I also coached high school acting students to prepare them for the August Wilson Monologue Competition, and supported one of my students to a third place victory at the national competition in New York.
On graduating from college, I wrote educational materials for Apex Learning, an online education company based in Seattle. I helped develop their Spanish III and AP Spanish courses. I also translated loan narratives for Kiva, an online microfinance organization.
At Kenyon College, I tutored individual students in introductory Spanish and taught four hour-long, undergraduate-level classes each week in introductory Spanish classes with a focus on intensive grammar and vocabulary review.
During my matriculation at Kenyon, I also served as intern and later literary associate at the Kenyon Review, where I facilitated the Kenyon Review Wiggin Street and East Elementary School teaching programs, mentored and supervised high-school writing students, organized educational activities, and coached readings and performances of literary works.
As intern and guest instructor at the Globe of the Great Southwest in 2009, I taught and directed Camp Shakespeare, a week-long camp for middle-school students.
SAT Subject Scores:
US History: 800
English Language: 5
English Literature: 5
Spanish Language: 5
US History: 5
AB Calculus: 4
Studio Art: 4
Verbal reasoning: 170/170 (99th percentile)
Quantitative reasoning: 155/170 (69th percentile)
Analytical writing: 5.5/6 (96th percentile)
English Subject Test: 730 (98th percentile)
2016-2017 Harry Gideonse Scholarship for Outstanding Achievements (2016)
2nd Place Firehouse Theater New American Play Festival (2015)
Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Award for Excellence in English Literature (2011)
Robert Caldwell Stewart Prize for Best Essay in Sophomore-Level Courses (2009)
Joanne Woodward Award for Best Actress (2009)
Kenyon College Dance and Drama Club “Hill Player” (2009)
HobbiesMy plays--Malady Parade, Porch Play, Opera of the Telephone at Delphi, and Blue Mountain Prohibition, a translation/adaptation of Alejandro Casona’s Prohibido suicidarse en primavera--have been produced and/or developed by Owl and Cat Theater, Firehouse Theatre, Three Cat Productions, New Ground Theatre, StageFemmes, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Fiction has appeared in Red Branch Journal and Every Day A Century and nonfiction in HowlRound, the TCG Circle Salon, and Encore Magazine. I have also blogged extensively for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, and the Kenyon Review.
As an actor, I've worked with the Endangered Species Project, the Great River Shakespeare Festival, and New Ground Theatre.
Most recently, I grant from the Iowa Arts Council to produce a series of play readings environmental themes and from Illinois Humanities and Quad City Arts to produce and commission a series of site-specific podcast plays set in local natural places.
I lived in Chile for 6 months and am a two-time Worldwide Organization of Organic Farms volunteer. I worked as a blueberry picker on a farm in Chillán, where I weathered the 8.8 magnitude earthquake of 2010, and later herded goats on a farm in Olmué.
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