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Training and Experience:
Co-founder, Boston Public Works Theater Company & Founding Artistic Director, Alley Cat Theater, Boston, Massachusetts
Private collections in multiple collections in Boston; Brooklyn, New York; Orlando, Florida; Quincy, Massachusetts.
Permanent Collection: Wheaton College
I am a writer, a photographer, and an artist, this third word I use to encompass everything else that the two other more specific words don't embrace.This site encompasses all the visual work I do.
For years, to pay the bills, I worked as a corporate and freelance photographer/writer, making art nights and weekends. It wasn't the best situation. In 2007 I inexplicably put down the camera—these things sometimes happen in the arts, these unexplained long-term departures. During my hiatus I made the choice to dedicate myself fully to the theater, an art form I felt would take advantage of all of my artistic and political interests and talents. I earned my MFA in playwriting, formed two theater companies, doing everything from fundraising to sweeping the stage. (I co-founded Boston Public Works Theater Company and am the founding artistic director at Alley Cat Theater. Plays produced in Boston, New York, Provincetown, Chicago, Raleigh, and Los Angeles along with other, smaller cities; developed at Boston Playwrights Theater, The Inkwell, and Great Plains Theater Conference. Twice a semi-finalist at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Conference--2012 and 2020. Nominated in 2018 for Best New Play, Best Set Design, and Best Lighting Design from the Independent Reviewers of New England.)
My work has been financially supported by The Boston Foundation ($15,000 LAB Grant for daring, new theater); Eastern Bank Charitable Trust Grant, and The Bob Jolley Charitable Trust in support of new work. Twice I've received Artist Merit Grants from Vermont Studio Center.
At a residency in Vermont in January 2017 while working on a play, just as inexplicably, I again lifted up the camera and picked up where I left off.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the ensuing quarantine gave me the time to begin painting again, making 2D mixed media, something I had been yearning to do for awhile. My paintings merge my abstract visual world with my writer world, allowing me to use words in a different context than when they are used on a printed page or when they are spoken.