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|
|2021||Theatre Intimacy Education: Best Practices|
|2021||Theatre Intimacy Education: Working with Minors|
|2021||Theatre Intimacy Education: Consent in the Acting Classroom|
|2021||Theatre Intimacy Education: Theatrical Studio Techniques, Casting, & Policy|
Performance and Production Experience
Michigan Technological University Theatre
|1991 - 1995
Holmen Community Theatre
La Crosse Community Theatre
Theatre from the Ground
|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 - 2016||Instructor, Guest speaker and Consultant, Phoenix Improv Festival, Phoenix AZ|
|2008 - 2011||Coach and instructor Brave New Workshop - Student Union, Minneapolis, MN|
|2014 - 2017||Instructor, La Crosse Community Theatre Theatre for Youth Improv Master Class|
|2018 - 2019||Instructor, La Crosse Community Theatre Theatre for Youth Shakespeare Master Class|
|2014 - 2019||Instructor, Coulee Region Improv and Sketch Festival, La Crosse, WI|
|2019 - Present||Artistic Director / Lead Instructing Artist, Theatre from the Ground - Groundlings Project, 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 ran improv workshops for Michigan Tech's "The Troupe" starting in 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 have gone on to create a non-profit in Theatre From the Ground that explores Shakespeare in new and dynamic ways that relies heavily on the collaborative, improvisational models that underpin improv theatre.
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 and collaborative creation, and work with ensembles to establish clear goals, explore our strengths and weaknesses, and take the performers down the path to finding the improvisational and performance structures that are truest to the ensemble.
While my improvisational education is strongly based in longform methodologies, my roots are square in the soil of shortform and even though 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.