MFA American Conservatory Theatre, 1994
BA CSU Long Beach,
English (2011)Email ::
Personal Bio ::
I grew up in Southern California as
the youngest child of loving parents: a creative, funny mother and a strict
At the age of 12, I knew that I
wanted to work in a creative field.
At 19, I defined
theatre as that field, and since then all my professional pursuits have been
theatrical in nature.
I began teaching acting in 1986, while
continuing my work as an actor, director, producer, and freelance theatre
publicist, then joined Actor's Equity Association in 1994.
highlights include my thesis project, Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America', at
the American Conservatory Theatre; Suzan-Lori Parks' '365 Days/365 Plays'
project in 2007 with student dramaturges here at Riordan; and our 2009
production of 'Romeo and Juliet' which married a concept I conceived in
college with the designs of two drama alumni.
interests include gardening, reading and travel, and a favorite quote is
"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by
fearing to attempt" from Shakespeare's 'Measure For Measure'. I live in San
Francisco with my husband and two teenagers, and I enjoy my job as Riordan's
first female drama director. I was recently awarded a fellowship from the
English Speaking Union to study and act on the Globe Theatre stage in London
this summer (2011), with high school drama teachers from around the country.Personal Teaching
As a teacher and theatre director I promote an
atmosphere where students want to learn.
presenting material in an exciting and individualistic manner, I challenge
students to take the work seriously, while maintaining a sense of humor
about themselves. Our drama department is a place where students are allowed
and encouraged to not only learn by doing, but by taking educated risks.
Risk taking is an integral and exciting part of the creative learning
process, and can help build self-esteem and define career goals.
acting process fascinates me, and I am proud of my ability to foster
spontaneity, truth and intimacy in actors.
curriculum is process-oriented so I can support students in developing their
potential to grow as creative artists.