Hello! I am a creative facilitator, cultural event producer, and community catalyzer who believes that learning experiences can generate a strong sense of purpose and belonging. I've taught in experiential and school-based learning environments for over 20 years and have 15 years of non-profit program management experience in the fields of arts education, public access, and community health. During this time, I have collaborated with over 6,000 young people and adults as artists, researchers, educators, and advocates working on the collective project of designing a more equitable, sustainable, and creative world.
My work is grounded in my experience as a performer and teaching artist that intersects with my background as a white, queer, transgender, first-generation college graduate raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. My pronouns are they/them/theirs but I also respond to he/him/his. I co-founded two nationally touring physical theater ensembles in addition to being a former artistic member of Wise Fool New Mexico. During my time as Managing Director of Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus, we shifted our focus to highlight queer and gender non-conforming performing artists of color, quadrupled our operational budget and expanded our show's three-day annual audience to 1000 people. I continue to stay rooted in the local San Francisco Bay Area arts community and am invested in mentoring emerging artists and arts leaders, especially those who identify as queer, trans*, and/or artists of color.
I went to the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2013 to pursue a masters and became an Artist in Residence at Project Zero research institute, inspired by their focus on promoting creative and critical thinking. Currently I am a Creative Education Consultant who works locally, nationally, and internationally to provide professional support in the areas of creative facilitation, teacher coaching, arts advocacy, creative youth development programming, mentorship pathways, strategic planning, and organizational development. My partners have included Alameda County Office of Education, Alameda Unified School District, Americans for the Arts, National Guild for Community Arts Education, Oakland Unified School District, Project Zero, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Stanislaus County Office of Education, and West Contra Costa Unified School District.