The Education Department has a new Resident Teaching Artist!
How long have you been at OSF? Where are you from? Where did you go to school?
This is my second season at OSF. In 2012 I was a FAIR Assistant in Marketing & Communications focusing on Audience Development. Originally from Oakland, California I received my BA in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University and an MFA in Acting from Kent State University.
What led you to teach and/or act?
My sister, who always dreamt of being an actress, begged me to go on an audition with her because she was too nervous to go alone, and when I walked on stage I felt at home. We were both called back, to my sister’s dismay. She didn’t want her little sister around, but I really wanted to stay and act. Writing and acting especially as a teenager gave me a voice; for the first time, I felt validated and empowered to speak truth to my life experiences and community.
I have always loved teaching! As a member of an Afro-Brazilian dance company I would jump in to help with group warm-ups and substitute for instructors when needed. As an actress I found a love for the teachings of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed and the Michael Chekhov acting technique. Whenever the opportunity would present itself I would teach or plan workshops and continued teaching both dance and acting in graduate school. I have just completed my teaching certification in the Michael Chekhov acting technique and look forward to learning from the talented teaching artists at OSF.
What are your interests outside of teaching?
I like to swim, watch movies, paint, travel and go hiking or to the beach.
What is something that people might be surprised to learn about you?
I couldn’t talk until I was almost four years old and as a kid we used to live close to a cemetery which I would go visit on my own almost every day - I know kind of creepy, but I liked being there.
What's your favorite dance move?
Samba de Roda - turns
What inspires you?
My family—my parents who work so hard to give my siblings and me the courage to pursue our dreams.
What's your favorite Shakespeare play and/or character?
I absolutely adore Much Ado About Nothing, and I am always so intrigued and mesmerized by Macbeth.