born | Charleston, SC | reside | New York City, NY |
visual artist | stage director | educator | performer | administrator
*updated to reflect the changing seasons
My work explores the experience of listening to music. I think often about theatrical spaces, sound frequency, historical context, the world “traditional” as it applies to aesthetics, cultural memory, and the relationship between chaos and clarity.
I work / have worked as a director, associate director, or assistant director at the following institutions:
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, SANTA FE OPERA, OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS, THE CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC, THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL, LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO, MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM, ARIZONA OPERA, BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC, CINCINNATI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, WOLF TRAP OPERA, THE ATLANTA OPERA, PROTOTYPE FESTIVAL NYC, CINCINNATI OPERA
I have collaborated recently or regularly with the following artists (incomplete):
FRANK OLIVA, LANDON HAWKINS, R. B. SCHLATHER, JAX MESSENGER, TERESE WADDEN, DANIEL FISH, NEAL GOREN, JOE BEUMER, PATRICIA WESTLEY, ROBIN GUARINO, ELEANOR EBERHARDT, PAUL TATE DEPOO III, LISA HASSON, VITA TZYKUN, GRETA STOKES, CHRISTINA MOK, MATTHEW SWANSON, ALAN DARLING, RYAN HOWELL
I am the executive director of CATAPULT OPERA, an opera company founded by conductor NEAL GOREN that will present chamber opera and explore the model of an ensemble based touring company. An article about the context of this project, written by Michael Cooper (NYTIMES), can be found here.
In may of 2019, I completed a year long appointment as visiting assistant professor of opera directing at the University of Cincinnati’s, College Conservatory of Music, where I taught a seminar focused on the historical interplay between opera and theatre, and a performance practicum centered around the idea of opera singer as maker.
In practice and life, I am thinking about the body work and compositional vocabulary of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, the writings - specifically about grief - of Nick Cave, the cultural perceptivity of Jia Tolentino, Jenny Odell’s pursuit of space, and the films of Jonas Mekas.
I am perennially inspired by:
I am currently working on two independent projects:
OUR OLD FRIEND BYRD
an exploration of the inherent theatricality of harmonic language
a staged production of motets written by the composer, William Byrd, performed in a non theatrical space
UNTITLED PIECE ABOUT VIOLENCE IN OPERA
an exploration of violence as a narrative / emotional tool within the operatic canon as well as the general numbness of the American opera going audience to said violence.