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Live Theater

Artistic Director, Playwright, & Lighting Design

I’ve worked in professional theater for over 20 years, taking on every role available – from writing and directing, to acting, design, live soundscapes, and electrical work.


After studying theater at Goshen College and interning at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, I became the Artistic Director of New World Arts from 2001–2006. Since moving to Denver, I’ve worked with a number of ensemble companies, and started one of my own: Grapefruit Lab.

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Pity+Fear (a travesty)

What does it mean to be a person – to have a body, and live in it – to make choices, and change over time – to tell the truth?

Fallout

I wrote this at the start of the Iraq war (2003), and later made the short film. It’s been on my mind again during COVID-19 isolation.

Outside The Room

@ Denver Center for the Performing Arts

A family struggles to find humanity and normalcy in a world made uncertain and strange after the transformation and “othering” of one of their own. This physical theatre piece imagines what happens on the other side of the iconic door in Kafka’s Metamorphosis.

JANE/EYRE

@ The Bakery

We are not here to flatter egotism, or prop up humbug; we are merely telling the [queer] story. We value what is good in the book; but we believe in the existence of other, and more vivid kinds of goodness.

The In-Between

Try to locate the moon. Look longingly at the sky. Talk to others. Don’t lose track of where you are. This is the invitation from the Warbler to the other canyon inhabitants of the audience.

The Obsolete Book

@ post-obsolete.com

An archival rhizome ecology in ten parts, and a reflection on the obsolescence of obsolescence – documented on the cloud, and open-sourced as a defense against post-post-obsolescence.

Script: Missa Populi

A modern, theatrical interpretation of the Catholic Mass – created by Grapefruit Lab and Teacup Gorilla.

Missa Populi

@ PackingHouse Center for the Arts

Combining the sacrifice, transcendence, blood, and circumstance of the Catholic Mass with history, live music, science, dance, literature, and pop culture to find a wholly modern communion experience. What we have left is our selves, broken and battered, but surviving together.

Roller Skating With My Cousin

@ BINDERY | space

Part science lab, part disco, Roller Skating With My Cousin is a lively, dark romp in which synchronized roller skaters build a tower under a star-flecked mirror ball sky.

A Murder One Less

She is a plain and pensive woman. He is a rather ordinary man who lives in an extraordinary house. This house does algebraic equations and plots violence. One evening, woman, man, and house collide; not all of them survive.

Grapefruit Lab

since August 2009

We want to make art without assumptions – art that humanizes and entertains and challenges and brings people into conversation.

RAIN/ of terror

@ BINDERY | space

The citizens are easily roused and swayed, as a culture of fear infects the city with the constant threat of execution.

Untitled #39 | Dresden Dolls

@ Bluebird Theater

We created this site-specific and interactive performance as an opening act for the Dresden Dolls – performed in the lobby.

The LIDA Project

Founded in 1995, The LIDA Project is a meta-media art collective dedicated to experimental live performance.

(#10) My Name Is Rachel Corrie

@ Countdown to Zero

Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Al-Aqsa Intifada. She was killed when she tried to obstruct a Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozer o perated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF.)

Countdown to Zero

Countdown to Zero is a political theatre collective established in 2007 by Brian Freeland & Julie Rada. The collective has committed to a series of 10 theatrical works (10 counting down to zero) at which time the collective will disband.

Script: Bigger Guns III

@ New World Arts

An action comedy for the stage, based on our favorite movie tropes. The script was devised by the entire ensemble, lead by Michelle Milne, Miriam, Emily Swora, and Ben Jacobs. I don’t believe this is the final script…

In a Time of War

Based on a series of interviews with Annie in 2003, this play was produced first by Goshen College as a runner-up for the International Peace Play Contest, and then in collabiration with New World Arts for my senior thesis production.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

I worked on Antony & Cleopatra with Penny Metropulos and the wonderful OSF ensemble, as a Stage Management Intern. I also got to work with the lighting & electrical department while I was there.

Goshen College

I worked as Master Electrician of the college theater and music performance venues, while I studied theater, writing, and visual art.

New World Arts

Founded in 1998 as New World Players, we produced original & alternative ensemble theater for over a decade – along with an art gallery and event space.


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