California State University, Long Beach (Creative Writing)
University of California, Irvine (Master's)
Getting yourself across clearly and effectively can be one of the most terrifying and frustrating hurdles in life. Although technology has made connections easier, you are still a product of the words you use, the greatness of your communication abilities, and how you carry yourself.
My work through the Creative Writing program at California State University, Long Beach helped me find and refine my unique voice on the page. These abilities in turn strengthened the clarity and visual effectiveness of my writing in academic assignments and professional correspondence.
As an acting professor at The University of Kansas and Metropolitan Community College at Maple Woods, I've had the privilege of helping students who had little or no acting experience find their 'comfort zone' in front of others. I was a very shy person when I was young, and would anxiously dread the idea of being in front of people and having to present myself to them. I know how it feels. I also know how to get through it, and make it not only easier, but fun.
I was also an acting coach in New York City, helping professional actors find the specificity and courage they needed to make their auditions strong and memorable. Actors of all ranges of talent and experience can benefit from having a positive, energetic coach on their side.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing, specializing in fiction. Writing imaginatively can be enormously fun, very personal, and quite challenging. Even your standard academic paper has room for creativity. However, in order to be clearly understood, your writing has to follow the rules. Grammar, punctuation, spelling and syntax are still massively important, and we can work together in making your written work reflect what you think, and also who you are as an individual.
My love of writing morphed into a passion for acting and performance. The specificity you need to get yourself across on paper with the words you choose translates excellently well to using yourself as your medium on stage or in front of the camera. After receiving a Master's degree in acting, I became a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actor's Equity Association. I have performed on regional stages throughout the country, and lived as a jobbing actor in New York for 12 years, doing work in television, film and radio.
Let's work together and make your voice clear, proud and unique! Getting yourself across clearly and effectively can be one of the most terrifying and frustrating hurdles in life. Although technology has made connections easier, you are still a product of the words you use, the greatness of your communication abilities, and how you carry yourself.
My work through the Creative Writing program at
I received my MFA in theatre from University of California, Irvine. After graduation, I moved to New York and worked for 12 years as a jobbing actor, working on regional stages throughout the country, as well in as television, film and radio roles.
I was a private acting coach in New York City, working with actors to refine and strengthen their audition material for professional work.
Upon moving to Missouri, I immediately began teaching at Metropolitan Community College at Maple Woods, teaching beginning and intermediate acting, as well as directing their spring productions.
Last year, I was also a guest lecturer at The University of Kansas, teaching beginning and intermediate acting to undergraduates.