My latest cinematic theatrical performance, Someone’s Trying To Kill Me, originated from a true story about my two aunts’ attempt to murder their abusive, alcoholic father when they were barely teenage girls. This happened during the 1950’s, and the piece connects their lives to America’s peak moment in manufacturing, suburban development, and social repression. The narrative also finds parallels in the recession of 2008 caused by hyper-capitalism and resulting in the decaying of the suburbs and rampant job loss. The story is told through original film footage, stock film footage from the 1950s, and the staged production that ties it all together.
MIASM, my upcoming project and first independent feature film, is a sketch of one of my closest friends and her struggle with addiction. Through her story, I explore the elements of biology that are seemingly beyond our control, our DNA. No matter how hard we try to escape our family history, there is a lingering threat of a hereditary affliction waiting for its opportunity to creep into our lives.
In earlier works, such as The Novelties, I examine the significance of gender on an individual’s life. In The Novelties, two people who are actually versions of the same person but different genders are looking for each other but are kept apart by a physical manifestation of their fears. Originally a dance performance, then a staged multi-media production, it is now being drafted into a television pilot.
I began my career as a choreographer, dancer, and actor. I formed my artistic voice through the expression of movement and then later weaving that into dramatic work on stage and on screen.
Although I left the world of acting, it taught me a great deal about how to work with actors. I understand the sensitivity and patience required when working with actors, how to nurture their craft and home in on their strengths while helping them overcome their weaknesses. I find this challenge both exhilarating and rewarding.
All of the previous works, in all its varied forms, from dance to theatre to multi-media, have sharpened my skills as a director that go beyond setting up shots, adding focus and detail to movement, lighting, working with actors, and overall creating a unique artistic vision.
Though my work is experimental in nature, I believe I have cultivated over the years an artistic style that also speaks to a wider audience. With MIASM, a feature film in development about addiction and The Novelties, a television series in development about gender, I am looking forward to engaging a broad spectrum of people to share my vision and journey.
As a writer-director, I’m both humbled and honored when people have expressed that they feel haunted by my work long after they have left the theater.