My work is guided by several key elements, outlined below:
Actor-Based Storytelling: Actors are magic. I firmly believe we primarily go to the theatre to see actors perform. The best plays are the ones in which a tight-knit ensemble is allowed to soar. I always go into rehearsals with some ideas to start with and an end goal—but the path the actors and I take to get there is full of experimentation and play. I do not treat actors like pieces on a chessboard. I do not tell them exactly how to move or exactly what to do at each moment. This approach is sure to create a production devoid of life. Instead, I encourage actors to take risks. I use improvisations to guide blocking and character development. I work WITH the actors—I’m on their team, not outside of it.
Wonder: I am drawn to plays that take our breath away and remind us of the vast possibilities of the human experience. While I do not like having design choices get in the way of actors, I often look for opportunities to create moments of wonder that may not be expected, and for moments when design can support or enhance what the actors are already doing. While I respect styles such as realism, I am much more interested in fables and the fantastical than I am kitchen-sink dramas.
Diverse Perspectives: I am tired of seeing all-white, male-dominated productions. I work hard to ensure that I have included a diverse number of voices in the creative process at all stages. I also am aware and accept that I have much to learn in this area, and am constantly working to be a better advocate through my art.