I've been in moving around NYC, NH, and CT for five years, and still finding my way in this crazy business we call show. A director/choreographer, first and foremost, that being my dream and goal and passion, and often within the realm of education, but always willing to act and dance and sing, figuring out if I want to write or produce, and always excited about the chance to teach and share. Grew up in Connecticut, went to school in New Hampshire-- definitely a New Englander and proud of it. I enjoy friends, theatre, intellectual conversations (with friends and about theatre), as well as film, art, music, cooking, and making people smile and laugh. I've also tutored... I double majored in Math and Theatre. And now that I'm devoting more of my energies to education, I'm finding incredible satisfaction in helping teenagers overcome obstacles and grow and surprise themselves with their accomplishments. There's nothing better than helping people who are old enough to achieve adult accomplishments but young enough that they're hungry to learn.
I am on here to meet new people. Whatever that might mean. Maybe a friend. Maybe someone to date. Maybe the love of my life. In theory, looking for all of those, so why not use another outlet besides "real life" as a way to continue that search?
As I said above, I work in the theatre. Currently: I direct the productions and hopefully will start teaching acting at a prep school in West Hartford; I direct and choreograph a teen theatre company/am the Education Director at an SPT summer stock theatre in NH; choreograph another high schools in CT; work with composers/writers on developing new plays and musicals; and teach at Educational Theatre Conferences. I occasionally assist some fancy directors on their fancy productions, or direct or choreograph productions of my own. Sometimes I work with theatre companies in their offices. And, the usual networking, researching theatre, teaching theatre, seeing theatre, thinking about theatre, and doing theatre... but also enjoy a reprieve by going to the movies, the museum, the opera/ballet/symphony, trying a new restaurant, reading a good book, or a quiet night in with friends or by myself.
All things Sondheim, namely Into the Woods, Assassins, Merrily We Roll Along. Sweeney Todd, Company, Anyone Can Whistle. Urinetown. The Last 5 Years. The Pirates of Penzance. Little Shop of Horrors. The Drowsy Chaperone. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Xanadu. Rock of Ages. Lysistrata Jones. Newsies. The Producers. Spamalot. Billy Elliott. Gypsy. 1776. Where's Charley? Peter Pan. Kiss Me, Kate. Anything Goes. Matilda. Mary Poppins.
Arcadia. All things Moliere (Tartuffe, Imaginary Invalid). Tennessee Williams (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Glass Menagerie). David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People). Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor). David Ives (funny things, adaptations like The Liar and School for Lies, and Venus in Fur). Proof. Peter and the Starcatcher. The Pillowman. Cock. Sons of the Prophet. If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet. The Importance of Being Earnest. The 39 Steps. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Buyer & Cellar.
The Little Prince. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Memoirs in general, well, of people I like. Books about theatre (history, craft). A Tale of Two Cities. Of Mice and Men. The Things They Carried. Three Cups of Tea. A Wrinkle in Time (and that whole series). Franny and Zoey. The Pigman. To Kill a Mockingbird.
Amelie. Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman, A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, For Your Consideration). Mel Brooks (The Producers, Young Frankenstein). Bringing Up Baby. Clueless. Billy Elliott. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Singin in the Rain. Holiday Inn. Finding Neverland. Disney (Peter Pan, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Pocahontas, Frozen). Pixar (Toy Story 1 2 and 3, Wall-E, Ratatouille, Up, Finding Nemo). Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Garden State. Midnight in Paris. The King's Speech. Muppets (Muppet Movie, Muppet Christmas Carol, The Muppets, Muppets Take Manhattan).
Psych. Modern Family. Sherlock. Dead Like Me. Wonderfalls. Outsourced. I Love Lucy. Cheers. Friends. Seinfeld. Buffy. House. Slings and Arrows. Scrubs. Mythbusters. Ace of Cakes. Mad About You. 3rd Rock from the Sun. Drew Carey.
Well, besides the thousants of hours of Musical Theatre on my ipod... Classic Rock is probably the best moniker, but that doesn't really describe it either. Let's say Paul Simon (with or without Garfunkel... and this is where I wish there was the plus-or-minus sign on the keyboard), Phil Collins, James Taylor, Carole King, Beatles (like everyone), Queen, The Who, Aerosmith, Barenaked Ladies, and of course gotta have some Copland and Mozart and Sousa and Verdi to feel all intellectual. And *NSYNC for those days I just really miss the late '90s.
My various and assorted Apple products... iEverything.
Chocolate covered pretzels and Swedish Fish.
I definitely overanalyze things, psychoanalyze people and interaction... thinking about what I want out of life for me, for my career, my love life, my family, my future, my home... and why I want it. And what that means for other people. And what I'm supposed to do to get it. And realizing that there is no "supposed to."
Also, why isn't "amn't" a contraction. And why are playwright and playwriting spelled differently. And why do choreograph and choreography/choreographer have different inflections.
And, how to create more theatre magic.
But just as often, home... doing a little bit of work but then relaxing with a movie, a glass of wine, or a good book.
I'm always bad at things like this. I tend to be pretty open. And almost never embarrassed.
I guess the most private thing I'm willing to admit is that I'm scared.
Oh! Also that I tense up near large bodies of water because I'm afraid of drowning.
Mostly, you should message me if you want to; if you like what you see and want to know me better, drop a line!