Education & Training

Bard College, B.A. in Drama/Dance, Annandale, NY (1993-1997)

Dell’ Arte School of Physical Theatre, Blue Lake, CA (1998-1999)

Clown, Ricardo Puccetti of LUME, Northamption, MA (July 2002)

Clown through Mask, Sue Morrison, Toronto, ON. (January 2003)

Viewpoints/Suzuki Intensive, FoolsFury, San Francisco, CA (September 2005)

Theatre de Complicité Intensive, Toronto, ON (July 2007)

Theater of the Oppressed Teacher-Training, New York, NY (May 2011 & 2012)

Artists Summer Institute in Professional Development, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, New York, NY (May 2012)

Teaching & Directing Experience

ESTA (Elders Share The Arts) NYC (Nov 2016 – June 2021)

  • Co-facilitated the creation of a Clown/Storytelling show “Elderlicious” with 7 elders from Stanley Isaacs Senior Center in the Upper East Side of Manhatten 

  • Que Sera, Sera! Did improv and storytelling with an open sharing with elders with memory loss at Shore Hill Neighborhood Center in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

  • Every Little Make a Muckle. Created a variety show with elders at Duncan Genns Apartments. 

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC NYC (Jan 2011 – Present)

  • Co-facilitate a troupes of folks facing discrimination theatrically problem solve using Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed Forum Plays.

  • Organize and teach TO workshops in schools and universities. 

Clown Earthdance, MA (August 2011/July 2010), Triskelion Arts, NYC (May 2010), Mt. Tremper Arts, NY (Nov 2009), LAVA, NYC (Jan-Mar 2009), NYCircusArts (2008), Juneau, AK (Sept 2006, Nov 2007)

  • Led adult clown retreats in the art of rediscovering one’s human.

Flip-side of the Charts Big Apple Circus, NYC (Jan 2010 – Present)

  • Teach Clown/play/self-care to nursing/medical students at Columbia University.

The Magic Forest Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn (Fall 2011, Fall 2009)

  • Facilitated imaginative-play workshops with students K-1st grade.

Clown LEAP, NYC (Oct 2010 – June 2011)

  • Teach Clown to students at an after-school program grade K-5
  • Design curriculum culminating in a performance of the students' work.

Off The Hook Falconworks, Red Hook, Brooklyn (Sept 2010 – Present)

  • Mentor/Dramaturg/Direct students in the creation of original plays to be performed by professional actors.

Oasis Children's Services Brownsville, Brooklyn (Feb-May 2008)

  • Directed four original plays for grade K-3 at an after-school program.

Juneau-Douglas High School Theatre Department Juneau, AK (Spring 2005)

  • Taught physical comedy, and facilitated the creation of Reel to Real, a student-written silent comedy for the stage parodying modern high school life.

Juneau School District Juneau, AK (Sep 2001 – May 2004)

  • Created and led 2-6 week theater residencies culminating in performances in ten Juneau and Gustavus Schools, grades K-12.

Interlocken Traveling Minstrels Windsor, NH (Summers of 1999 – 2002)

  • Co-led six-week travel program for 13 teenagers and facilitated the creation of outdoor performances for camps, theaters and sidewalks throughout Northern CA.

Performing Experience

Healthy Humor, Inc formerly Big Apple Circus Clown Care, New York, NY (Feb 2008 – Present)

  • Red Nose Docs (pediatric) and Vaudeville Visits (elders)

  • Use improvisational skills and other skills such as magic, music, dance, play, storytelling and clowning to empower children and seniors in NYC-area hospitals.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Ashford, CT (Summers 2009 & 2012)

  • Engaged, rallied and supported children with serious illnesses through play and circus skills workshops at a camp started by Paul Newman.

Handshake Uppercut, produced by Dixon Place, New York, NY (Sept 2010 – Present)

  • Co-created and performed a silent comedy as part of an Artist Residency.

  • Toured the show to the Chicago Fringe.

tinyDANGEROUSfun!, Sycamore Bar & Flower Shop, Brooklyn, NY (Sept 2010 – Present)

  • Curate, produce and host monthly variety shows in an intimate basement space.
Ready to (Blank), New York, NY (Sept 2010 – May 2011)
  • Co-creator/performer of improvised physical theater.

Clowns Without Borders, Guatemala (April 2010) & Chiapas, Mexico (April 2004)

  • Volunteer: Toured a four-person clown show & taught Clown workshops in indigenous communities throughout Central America.

Self-Produced, Pegassus, Montreal, NYC, SF, Seattle, Portland, Boulder, Bard College, Brown & Yale Universities (6/08-Current)

  • Co-wrote/perform in award winning two-person romantic musical comedy. 

Self-Produced, Number’s Up! Various (Jan 2006 – Sept 2008)

  • Wrote and performed a one-man (and one-Chihuahua) theatrical clown play at Fringe Festivals and self-produced venues: (Montreal, Colorado, New Mexico, New Orleans, San Francisco, NYC, and Minneapolis)

Perseverance Theatre, Juneau, AK (2001-2003)

  • Fry Tales!, dir. Roblin Davis (Feb 2001), The Wooden Breeks, dir. Weir Harman (Jan 2002), King Stag, dir. Richard Toth (Nov 2003).

Wild Rumpus Clown Theatre, In Cahoots, Juneau, AK (Oct 2003 – July 2004)

  • Co-created and toured an all-ages clown show.

Awards & Grants

SU-CASA Arts Programs for Seniors Grants, Brooklyn Arts Council 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

ChicagoNow's “Must see” Chicago Fringe Festival Show, Handshake Uppercut, 2012

Boulder Fringe Encore Performance Award, Peg-ass-us, 2012

Best of San Francisco Fringe: Comedy, Peg-ass-us, 2008

Gold Medal, Eccentric Dance, NYC Clown Olympics, 2007

Individual Artist Project Award, The Rasmussen Foundation, 2007

Individual Artist Grant, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, 2006

Best of San Francisco Fringe: Physical Theatre, In Cahoots, 2003

Career Opportunity Grant, Alaska State Council on the Arts, 2002

References Available Upon Request

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