I am a theatre artist, based in Chicago. I have directed new work by writers including Lydia R. Diamond, Ifa Bayeza, Nambi E. Kelley and Gloria Bond Clunie. My interest is in plays that bring voices to the theater that are seldom heard – in particular work that explores contemporary lives of African Americans. I seek to develop and collaborate on work that expresses the complexity of life in America today. I am also drawn to plays that are not bound by traditional methods of storytelling but experiment with the art form incorporating “magical” or “spiritual” elements, media, dance – whatever is needed to tell the story.
In 2003 I was selected as Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Directing Fellow and served as assistant director for Henry Godinez on the Goodman’s production, Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad. In 2004 & 2005 I was a director in The Goodman’s New Stages Series. In 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, and 1995 received Best Director nominations from the BTAA (Black Theatre Alliance) and in 2005 I was also nominated for Best Original Play for my work as co-adaptor on Relevant Hearsay. My productions of Shepsu Aakhu’s “Trouble the Water” (2007) and “Sost” (2004) won Best Production.
In 2002 I directed a student production of Lynn Nottage’s “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” and in 2005 I directed students at Columbia College Chicago in the Theodore Ward prize winning play, Sweetwater Taste by Gloria Bund Clunie. I have experience as a teacher and directed student productions at Loyola University of Chicago, And Columbia College.
I have a BA in Theatre from Loyola University and am MFA in Directing/Dramaturgy from Roosevelt University.
My most recent project was directing “Night Vision” by Dominique Morisseau and “Dressing” by Mona Mansur and Tala Manassah for the Goodman Theatre’s presentation of Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege. Other recent projects include directing two plays by Alice Childress, “Wine in the Wilderness” and “Florence” as part of eta Creative Arts Foundations 2013 season and curating a performance piece to accompany the opening of In the Hood, a show by visual artist Cesar Conde.