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I am a multi-disciplinary theatre artist specializing in mask work and puppetry. I have taught puppetry, mask-making and performance to all ages of students in workshops and residencies across the country and I have created masks for clients near and far since 2003.
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Both the visual and performing arts have fascinated me since childhood. I knew I should follow my artistic calling, but I could not tell which it was. It seemed I would have to choose one or the other, and I steeled myself for this tough choice to come. But I don’t think I wanted to pick just one. I kept finding myself signing up for both design and performance classes throughout my undergraduate career. It then became clear that I would choose a life in which both were present!
My introduction to masks began in undergraduate study at the University of Kansas with Ron and Ludvika Popenhagen. They introduced me to a new world of theatre and creation, one that could encompass a multitude of powerful styles and genres. After graduation, I volunteered with a puppet company in Minneapolis, and was soon after working with In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.
A few years later, I continued forward into further mask training with Bruce Marrs and Joan Schirle at the Dell’Arte International School. I moved to New York, I joined forces with Under the Table Ensemble to bring original mask comedies to city parks in the boroughs, and puppeteered in a number of shows in downtown Manhattan.
Life lead me to Portland, Oregon, where I am now based. There have been many wonderful individuals and companies with whom I have collaborated over the years. Look here for a list of them.