I am a free range collaborator and a curator of experiences based in Boston, MA. The one that people call in when they are not sure if they should chicken out of an unusual idea. I’m also a mentor at large willing to guide folks towards the uniqueness of their own creative voice.
Most often, I announce myself as the Founder/Artistic Director of Monkeyhouse, an award winning nonprofit that connects communities with choreography. (Did you know that Monkeyhouse has been voted Best Dance Company in Boston three times by the Boston Phoenix Readers’ Poll?) My choreographic creations have been featured in dance concerts, musicals, plays, films, galleries, and at site-specific settings across the country and occasionally abroad. From 2011-2016, I was also the resident choreographer for Dance’N Feet, a Boston based dance ensemble for women aged 60 -80 who are not afraid to stand on their heads.
I am humbled to admit that I taught at Impulse Dance Center in Natick, MA for 21 years and was an Adjunct Faculty at Endicott College. My reputation for nurturing individual expression while promoting safe physical technique has led to guest teaching opportunities at New England dance institutions, high schools, national colleges and international workshops. After receiving a Somerville Arts Council fellowship in 2009, I was selected to participate in three diplomatic delegations between Somerville, MA and Tiznit, Morocco. These delegations were facilitated by the University of the Middle East Project (UME) and sponsored by the US State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
If I am feeling chatty, I may divulge that I have been employed as a magical fighting chicken, a door knocker for Steve Carell, a choreographer for a minor motion picture that starred John Corbett, assistant costume designer for Mara Blumenfeld, and a professional shoe blogger. People usually recognize me by my laugh and find me in large crowds or cavernous costume closets by my barking cough. Don’t be surprised if there is something stuck in the unruly punch line of my hair.
I am voraciously curious and constantly seek out opportunities to exchange information and gather new skills. Some time when you least expect it, I could causally mention that I just earned my MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Sierra Nevada College or that I received my BA in Linguistics at Northwestern University or that I tried to get my dog to sing on NPR. You simply never know what will happen next around me.
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