BIO

I am a theatre artist and arts & culture manager living and working in Fort McMurray, Canada with a Master of Arts in Contemporary Performance Making (Brunel University London), a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education in Drama & Communications Technology (University of Alberta) and a certificate in Project Management (University of California, Irvine). To date, I have worked in Canada, Scotland, and England.

As a writer and director, I approach performance-creation from a digital standpoint. I am very interested in how sound and projection can influence theatre and have developed a directing style which marries digital technology with live performance on stage. In 2010, I directed The Insanity of Mary Girard which won 6 provincial awards including “Outstanding Directing”, “Outstanding Ensemble” and “Outstanding Sound Design”. Additional directing credits include: Sexy Laundry (Keyano Theatre, Canada), Seussical, the Musical (University of Alberta, Canada),  Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (University of Alberta, Canada), Proud (Finborough Theatre, UK), and Freeing Heaven’s Secrets—​a sound art play which was shortlisted for a 2016 DBACE award in London, and saw its first public performance in Fort McMurray 2019.


As a Freelance Audiovisual Designer, I produce videos, projections, sound effects and music compositions for various artistic projects. All content is custom-created to suit your project's needs. I have recently created video and audio content for Quarter Life Crisis (OvalHouse & Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe 2017, UK), Lottery (The Pleasance London, UK), Proud (Finborough Theatre, UK) and The Slave (Tristan Bates Theatre, UK). 
 

In 2019, I founded Symmetree Theatrewhich aims to share stories that empower marginalized members of our society.


I also work as the Programs Manager for Arts Council Wood Buffalo.

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

CREATIVE

  • Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Shortlisted)
    Arts Council Wood Buffalo, 2018 
    Fort McMurray, Canada
     

  • Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise (Shortlisted)
    Deutsche Bank, 2016
    London, UK

     

  • Outstanding Student Director (2010)
    AHSDFA
    Red Deer, Canada

     

  • Outstanding Sound Design (2010)
    AHSDFA

    Red Deer, Canada
     

  • Outstanding Ensemble (2010)
    AHSDFA
    R
    ed Deer, Canada
     

  • Outstanding Lighting Design (2010)
    AHSDFA
    Red Deer, Canada

     

  • Outstanding Production Concepts (2010)
    AHSDFA

    Red Deer, Canada

LEADERSHIP

  • LGBTQ2+ Artist Leadership Award (2019)
    Pride YMM Committee & Oil Royals
    Fort McMurray, Alberta
     

  • RLPA Leadership Society Award (2014)
    Residence Life Professional Association
    Edmonton, Canada
     

  • Dedication to Community Award (2014)
    Residence Services University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Canada

     

  • Global Heart Award (2014)
    International House University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Canada

     

  • Global Education Award (2014)
    International House University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Canada

ADADEMIC

  • Jason Lang Scholarship (2014)
    Government of Alberta
    Edmonton, Canada

     

  • University of Toronto Book Award (2010)
    University of Toronto
    Fort McMurray, Canada

     

  • Robert W. Prather Award (2010)
    FMPSD (Fort McMurray Public School District)
    Fort McMurray, Canada

  • Westwood Scholar Award (2010)

    FMPSD (Fort McMurray Public School District)

    Fort McMurray, Canada

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