Where were you on your teaching journey before joining us at TDS?
I worked at NC State from 2004–2020 in the theatre program. Most recently, I have taught at Cape Cod Community College, Raleigh Little Theatre, and the Museum of Life and Science.
What is your favorite thing about TDS so far?
I love the core values of TDS, especially compassion and JOY! Drama really thrives through those values.
Family and Pets?
I have two kids (19 and 22), both in college (App State and ECU). My sister lives nearby, my mom is in Asheville, and my niece is in Charlotte. We are a small but mighty family who loves getting together at holidays! I have 3 dogs, all mutts: Buttercup, Bean, and Denali. They are very sweet but have totally different personalities.
Hobbies and Interests?
I really like to walk, watch scary movies on Netflix, and play Woodoku. Mostly, though, I spend my extra time reading plays and going to see live theatre. My favorite thing to do is direct shows for local theatre companies.
Food: Pizza or sushi
Movie: The Wizard of Oz
Book: Too many favorite books to choose from — Where the Red Fern Grows probably affected me the most
Team: No sports team, but there are some theatre companies that I really respect, such as Punchdrunk in the UK.
I worked in the Entertainment Department at Navy Pier in Chicago for several years, where I performed for hundreds to thousands of people a day. My favorite character was Stinky the Elf.