In my most recently produced cinematic theatrical performance, Someone’s Trying To Kill Me, the story originated from my two aunts and their attempt to murder my abusive alcoholic grandfather when they were barely teenage girls. I combined this true tale with my love for the 1950’s era and what is perceived to be America’s peak moment in manufacturing, suburban development, as well as, social repression. The narrative parallels this era with our current times of hyper-capitalism, decaying of the suburbs, and job loss.
MIASM, my next project and first independent feature film, is drawn of 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 other works, such as The Novelties, I examine the significance of gender on an individual’s life. Two people who are the same person, just different genders, are looking for each other but are kept apart by a physical manifestation of their fears.
After graduation from SUNY New Paltz, I began my career as a choreographer, dancer and actor. I formed my artistic voice through the expression of movement in its primal form, adding to my work the depth of movement and the role that plays on stage and on screen.
And 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, to nurture their craft and hone 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 maturated my skill set to be a director that moves beyond setting up shots, but adds focus and detail to movement, lighting, working with actors, and overall artistic vision.
Though some of my work upon first glance may seem experimental in nature, I believe I have cultivated over the years an artistic style that speaks to a wider audience. With my upcoming independent film, MIASM about addiction and a television series in development, I am looking forward to entering a broader 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.