In my work, I set out to create shared experiences within communities and find commonalities, while celebrating that which makes each person unique. Through this work, I seek to deconstruct the human experience by bringing people together in order to share their stories in a theatrically inspired environment. There is something about the truth of a story, whether factual or not, that has the power to inspire and foster empathy – something the world needs more of if we ever have a chance of living harmoniously together.
The work that I do is very much rooted in play. Play, in this sense, is the experience of allowing oneself to become involved in intrinsically motivating and enjoyable activities. Employing theatrical games and techniques to encourage play in adults and children, collective pieces are created that are meaningful to all involved. Through play I encourage participants to challenge what was, what is, and what could be. I bring together groups of people and create a shared experience that introduces them to the art of theatre and informs the art of living.
I am inspired when I see passion in another person’s eyes. The subtleties of everyday life inspire me and fill me with a drive to promote sharing of these experiences, passions, and questions that fill up our lives every day. The more we can learn about each other and share with each other, the greater chance we have of making a positive difference in this world.
The work of Michael Rohd serves as a model and inspiration to mine. I share three fundamental beliefs with him; a need to create theatre that honestly matters to people, that anyone can participate in theatre and that dialogue has an amazing power to affect change in people’s lives.