Theatre Director, Deviser, and writer
I devise theatrical productions that meld the political, the personal, and the performative. By mixing ethnographic testimony with poetry, projection, and physical movement, these performances bear witness to real stories and nuanced perspectives.
I Pledge Allegiance: An Immigrant Anthology is a play that explores “American identity” from the perspective of immigrants. We seek to challenge notions of nationalism in the present global context and ask the question, “What does it mean to be an American?” by also attempting to break down how Americanness is constructed.
The Soldier’s Tale
(playwright, adaptor, director)
This new adaptation of THE SOLDIER'S TALE reimagines Stravinsky's classic score in the context of drone warfare. Through this immersive performance featuring the testimony of drone operators and strike survivors, the audience is asked to consider: is it worth it? How many soldiers are saved? How many civilians are killed?
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London, UK, November 2018
REACH ZERO, by Griffen Hoyle, is a piece of new writing that explores stories of individuals during the Hawaii false missile alert in January 2018. This current and timely piece offers us a funny, dark, and very relatable view of the end of the world.
London, UK, October 2018
ROOTS, the winner of the Donn B. Murphy Playwriting Contest in spring 2017, and the play was produced at Georgetown University in the fall of 2017 as the center piece of the Donn B. Murphy One-Act Festival. It is a social satire about four women who regularly meet in a garden, envying each other and harboring secrets.
Generation (Wh)Y is an immersive theatrical experience of innovative multi-media performances. Using intimate live performances as well as web-based technology and social media platforms, this theatrical event will move through multiple spaces exploring real experiences from global voices and the poetry of everyday life.
The Andover High School entry to the Triton Regional Play Festival in 2013, EVER AFTER is a fairy tale, boy-meets-girl parody. Riffing off of storied tropes, the full-length play features love and misadventure in a small American town.
I facilitate theatre workshops for non-actors to build community, spark change, and instill hope in conflict zones. I also use these theatrical methods to facilitate workshops on human rights activism.
In Manguchak, a village on the India-Pakistan border, I facilitated a workshop with 27 women in which we created theatre to interpret the violences that surround them. We created plays about the cross-border shelling that regularly destroys their crops, property, and cattle, as well as about the domestic assault that pervades every household. Through the workshop, the participants realized that they are not alone in enduring the violence and formed a community of strong, courageous women who defied patriarchal expectations when they achieved their political goals.
I trained a group of actors in Jammu city in Augusto Boal's "forum theatre." Through this method, they chose social issues that were relevant to their community and created short plays about the problems. They then invited audience members to intervene in the plays and test out solutions to the problems.
The actors performed plays about restrictions for women, overwhelming family expectations, and (pictured above) blind faith and superstition in times of crisis.