row yr boat (achievement unlocked)
ROW YR BOAT (ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED) opened Annex Theater's (Seattle) 2018 mainstage season, directed by Artistic Director Catherine Blake Smith.
Rose, a nerdcore gamer and VR enthusiast, is recruited to a secretive private agency that flies paramilitary drone aircraft overseas. The new gig comes with plenty of cash and one strange requirement: all new recruits must be married within the year. Rose must balance her new job, her new romances, and newfound cracks in her sense of reality before time runs out.
“Written for a politically-conscious and open-minded audience, ROW YR BOAT (Achievement Unlocked) is an engaging narrative driven by the powerful themes of love and violence. The performance offers a nuanced perspective on the moral applications of technology while examining the potential psychological repercussions of the ongoing isolation inherent to a digital world, effectively contrasting the consequences of virtual reality with the physical world in an unforgettable climax. Don’t miss out.” — Drama in the Hood
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING EVERYTHING
Genre-bending two-person storytelling from multidisciplinary artist ilvs strauss and myself.
Two old friends from high school are bumming around their mid-20s and going to war their faulty thermostat. When Lauren, an old flame from both their backstories, comes marauding back into their lives, ilvs and I find our friendship tested in the crucible of a mandatory road trip to a Dave Matthews Band concert.
Everything Everything Everything was originally commissioned by the Heineken City Arts Fest and went on to acclaimed performances at Action Adventure Theater, KALA Astoria, Kirkland Arts Center, First Night Tacoma, and was the inaugural performance at the Calamus Auditorium at Gay City Arts in Seattle.
"Engaging and heartfelt, full of surprises, enlivened by details, and rhapsodized by romantic swells and swoons. Told to you as if by your own friends, it's a yarn you'll enjoy and you're not likely to forget." — Oregon Arts Watch
The riverboat runs aground
A one-man show about growing up in Fairbanks, Alaska. Performing this piece in Fairbanks was one of the most gratifying experiences of my career. I recorded it as an audio album at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, supported by my first-ever Kickstarter.
The script was produced as an ensemble radio play at Middlesex County College in New Jersey.
My work has been seen at iDiOM Theater, 14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival, the Solo Performance Festival, On the Boards, The Frye Museum, the Lee Center for the Arts, and the Doubleshot Festival. When I was in college I co-founded the Town Crier Speaks Theater Festival at the University of Puget Sound.
I have taught theater and storytelling at Seattle University, the University of Puget Sound, Middlesex County College, and through my independent project Verbalists.