Theatre and Improv Education
|1991 - 1995||Michigan Technological University|
|1996||Paul Sills Summer Intensive, Door County|
|1996 - 2001||BFA - Theatre Performance, Oakland University, Auburn Hills, MI|
|1999 - 2001||Improv Olympic, Chicago|
|2004||Jimmy Carrane and Liz Allen Improv Assessment Master Class|
Michigan Technological University Theatre
|1991 - 1995
Holmen Community Theatre
La Crosse Community Theatre
|1992 - 1996||Teacher - Michigan Technological University Summer Youth programs, Theatre Exploration (Theatre through Improvisation), Houghton, Michigan|
|1998 - 2002||Improvisation Education director - Destination Imagination, Howell, Michigan|
|1998 - 2006||Director of Education, Planet Improv, Howell Michigan|
|1999 - 2000||Director, "The Set" Oakland University, Auburn Hills, MI|
|2002 - Present||Instructor, Guest speaker and Consultant, Phoenix Improv Festival, Phoenix AZ|
|2008 - 2011||Coach and instructor Brave New Workshop - Student Union, Minneapolis, MI|
|2014 - Present||Instructor, La Crosse Community Theatre Theatre for Youth Master Class|
|2014 - Present||Instructor, Coulee Region Improv and Sketch Festival, La Crosse, WI|
I've been performing, directing, coaching and teaching theatre and improvisation for over twenty years, working with ensembles and teams ranging in size from one to twenty five, and ages five and up. I've been running workshops for Michigan Tech's "The Troupe" since 1995, started Oakland University's first improv ensemble "The Set", was director of education for Detroit's Planet Improv, and count my time coaching at the The Brave New Workshop's "Six Ring Circus" as some of the best I've had with improv while not on stage.
I was a student of IO Chicago from 1999-2001 and while I didn't have the opportunity to work directly with Del, I did have the opportunity to learn from his passion, passed on through his business partners and most trusted of assistants.
I'm a strong believer in the power of improvisational creation, and would work with the ensemble to establish clear goals, explore our strengths and weaknesses, and take the performers down the path to finding the improvisational forms that are truest to the ensemble.
While my education is strongly based in longform methodologies, my roots are square in the soil of shortform and while they are different in presentation, they are, in my mind, just different paths up the same mountain when it comes to scenic development and goals.