I am a social choreographer, site specific performance artist, and educator interested in everyday gestures of human connection. Through my projects, I create experiences that prioritize empathy and engage participants in collective self reflection. Community and connection are both the source and the purpose of my creative work. My collaborations and practice cultivate equity, justice and mindfulness in the world.
Most recently projects have included an exploration of the question, “Who calls Walla Walla home?” in which I collaboratively worked with a group of Whitman College artists and 11 Walla Walla residents to produce a devised theatre performance titled, Because You Are Here, and story listening phone line, Hear Here Walla Walla. These participatory projects invited community members of my small agricultural community of to listen to the often unheard stories of our immigrant neighbors.
In early 2018, I also produced a collaborative project series, Orbiting Together, with Eric John Olson and Tamin Totzke in which we used a network of satellites flying over the Seattle Art Museum sculpture park as triggers for text messages that contained mindfulness exercises that investigated and reinvigorated participants’ connections to each other, their intuition, and to their surroundings. Since 2014, I have had a long term collaboration with choreographer, Tamin Totzke. Together we produced Study of Time and Motion, a large-scale group performance series and film project that challenged contemporary notions of productivity by constructing performative events that prioritize human connection. Building upon our research of motion studies experts Frank and Lillian Gilbreth’s elemental gestures of efficiency and inefficiency, we transformed repetitive object-oriented gestures into human-to-human relationships.
My practice has been funded by: Seattle Art Museum OSP Residency, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Eichholz Foundation, Laurel's Fellowship, Simon Benson Scholarships and Duwamish Revealed to name a few. You can find writings about my work in: The Seattle Times, Northwest Public Broadcasting, CityArts Magazine, The Stranger, Critical Reads, Seattle Art Museum Blog, and many others. My events have been experienced both nationally and internationally.
An Iowan by virtue and vagabond at heart, I am happily rooted in Walla Walla, Washington. My vibrant small town is nestled among expansive agricultural fields and the Blue Mountains, yet just a stones throw from Seattle and Portland where I have also a rich creative community. I am currently a MFA candidate in Portland State University's flexible residency program in Art and Social Practice.