Learning, making, teaching
I believe in being in perpetual motion, a whirling dervish of "what if" and "let's try", culminating in new approaches and future explorations.
My dedication to craft is a testament to my fine arts training which has, in turn, greatly influenced my sculptural approach to theatre design. This is the beating heart of my “maker” style of teaching and producing.
Art is not static; it is the evolutionary process at its sexiest.
Adjunct Professor/Resident Designer
As a perpetual learner, my classes continually evolve and expand to include a wide breadth of offerings from costume design and construction to specialty classes like puppetry, craftwork and digital fabrication. During my tenure as Arcadia University's resident designer, I have mentored a number of students who have been nationally recognized and found professional placement before even graduating.
Costume Shop Manager
I firmly belief in training my students in all aspects of costume construction, costume craftwork and specialty applications like mold making and puppetry. Couched in an environment that builds a lively
dedication to being the best makers they can be, my students graduate with a range of skills and credits, both academic and professional.
I have extensive experience regionally, in both the professional and academic communities. I strive to employ young professionals as assistants to help build their expertise. I firmly believe in the value of apprenticing young artists as a means to build a cadre of confident and skilled future collaborators.
Sharing my expertise
Teaching two hour seminars to multiple day workshops, I have taught hundreds of people costuming techniques, craftwork applications, mold making and casting and adapting movie FX makeup techniques for the stage.
The Swiss-army knife revealed
Rhino, 3D printing, laser cutting, leather work, mold-making (RTV rubber, silicone, epoxies and plaster), life-casting (silicone and alginate, body and dental), casting (latexes, resins,
plastics, acrylics and stone), prosthetics, simple circuits and wearable electronics,sculpture, painting and portraiture, airbrushing, millinery, wigs, jewelry, thermoplastics,
fabric modification, wood-working, carving, puppet mechanics, puppet costume, construction, research, basic Illustrator and Photoshop, devised scripts, producing original works, mentoring, hosting and creating fundraisers,budgeting and building a dedicated work environment.
MAH, Arcadia University
Masters in Arts and Humanities with a focus on studio art and creative writing. Degree completed with honors.
BA, Bloomsburg Univeristy
Bachelors in Arts with a focus in sculptural studio practices. Magna cum Laude.
Concentration in Acting and English Studies.