This summer I've had the good fortune to spend some time in Nogales, Arizona conducting preliminary research for Barrio Stories 3 which, if all goes well, will take place in Nogales next year. Nogales is a fascinating place, truly a remezcla of two US and Mexican cultures. Nogales is currently battling the cumulative effects of border militarization, NAFTA, and years of bad publicity as a "dangerous border town."  Meeting and working with Nogalenses to see how artists, residents, and local government might work together to address some of the most pressing issues in Nogales, Az. ‚Äč

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Sanctuary 

Borderlands Theater

September, 2018

I'll be directing a timely world premiere of a play by Milta Ortiz that looks at the origins of the modern sanctuary movement that begin in Tucson, Arizona at Southside Presbyterian Church.  We'll be mounting the pay site specifically inside the very same church where the actual events happened some thirty five years ago. More info here


The Water Project 

Cleveland Public Theatre

January, 2019

An National New Play Network exchange grant will allow me to devise/workshop a new performance revolving around water issues in Tucson and Cleveland.  


Their Dogs Came With Them

Spring 2019

Glad to be working with fellow radical theatre maker Virgina Grise (Barrio Stories , 2016) on this adaptation of the novel by Helena Viramontes. 

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Theatre Maker

I make theatre as healing ritual...

creating liminal spaces, playing with form and physicality to manifest moments of beauty and affect.  Through a poetry of movement and rhythm, a theatricality of imagery and ritual, my work often investigates the infusion of 'the sacred' in performance. My site specific and community based work strives to rewrite the narrative of people and places as a step to co-creating a better reality.


I'm also an educator, actor and musician


with an MFA in directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University and nine years of university teaching experience.


Some theaters I've had the pleasure to work at include Steppenwolf (Chicago), Campo Santo (San Francisco), The Magic (SF), Arizona Theater (Tucson), Borderlands Theater (Tucson), and American Theatre Co (Chicago).