Alumni Profiles

Graduates of Naropa's MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance Program are extremely active in a broad range of professional activities reflecting the programs training and mission of supporting the teaching artist. Alumni report an extraordinary mix of performance activities, from participation in development of new plays in New York, to creation of new theater ensembles and production companies in several regions of the country; work in education, from the creation of community art spaces to teaching and creating performance programs in middle schools, high schools and at the university level; and in service to the community and the field in a variety of ways.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant professor (tenure track), movement & acting, Salem State College, Dept. of Theatre and Speech, Salem, MA
  • Assistant Professor (tenure track), Theater, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
  • Assistant Professor of Theatre, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
  • Visiting Faculty, Psychophysical Acting, New Yoirk University, New York, NY
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Theater, Dennison University, Granville, OH
  • Movement consultant, The Actors Studio, MFA program at Pace University, New York, NY
  • Guest lecturer, Graduate New Works Creation Course, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Guest faculty, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC
  • Guest artist, Princeton University, Atelier Program, Princeton, NJMaster class instructor, Viewpoints, Actors Theater of Louisville & University
  • Instructor, acting, Marlborough School, Los Angeles, CATeacher, acting, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
  • Teacher, music/dance/drama, Newport Mill Middle School, Kensington, MD
  • Guest instructor, "Ensemble Building through Conflict Management," Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
  • Guest artist, Rhodes College, Undergraduate Theater Department, Memphis, TN
  • Guest lecturer, Butoh, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
  • Guest artist, Butoh Training, Marlboro College, Brattleboro, VT
  • Guest Instructor, Acting, New York University, New York, NY
  • Faculty, Acting, University of North Texas, Dallas, TX
  • Teacher, Workshop: Embodied Voice/Singing Body
  • Teacher, Canal Dance in Paris, The Roy Hart Center and The Abraxas Voice Institute
  • Acting Faculty, The Community College of Denver
  • Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council, The Community College of Denver
  • Theater faculty at the LA County High School for the Arts and Rio Hondo College
  • Teacher, theatre and performance at Dixie State University and The Stage Door in Southern Utah
  • Teacher, physical theater at Boulder Ballet's school

Theatre Ensembles

  • Founders of Band of Toughs, Denver/Boulder, CO, winners of several Denver Post Ovation Awards
  • Founders of Chimeralab Dance Project, Green St. Studios, Cambridge, MA
  • Founders of Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble ("PETE"), Portland, OR
  • Founders of Wrecking Ball Theater Lab, Boulder, CO Performance Work
  • Co-Artistic Director of Everything Theatre Company, Falun, Sweden, an entertainment and education company
  • Artistic Company member, Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Texas
  • Founder of Senseobject, San Francisco, CA
  • Managing director and co-founders of Giving Voice Productions
  • Founder of CDP/NY a contemplative dance refuge, New York NY
  • Co-Founders of One Continuous Mistake, New York, NY
  • Founder of WholeSpeak, San Francisco, CA
  • Founders of Convergences Theatre Collective, New York NY
  • Founder of LandDance, Santa Fe, NM
  • Artistic Director of the Illuminated Theater

Service to the Field

  • Managing Director, Teacher, Board Member at MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
  • Registration Manager, American Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) and American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)
  • Urban Voices Performance Project, sponsored by Free A Child, serving at-risk youth, Denver, CO
  • Workshops and Director for the Society of Creative Aging, Boulder, CO
  • Founder of Red Ball Speaks, Leadership Training organization
  • Ensemble member, Colorado Light Opera, A Little Night Music, Boulder, CO
  • Assistant director, Testimony, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • Title role, Dracula, Actors Theater of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Ensemble member, Elevator Repair Service, New York Theater Workshop Production of The Sound and Fury, New York, NY
  • Polonius, in the Wooster Group's Production of Hamlet, New York Public Theater, New York, NY
  • Assistant director, Casa Cushman, Tectonic Theater Project, NY Theater Workshop, New York, NY
  • Creation and performance, Power to Pleasing: the Sex Lives of Teenage Girls and Pressure to Prove: the Sex Lives of Teenage Boys, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO & Dennison University, Granville, OH
  • Stage director, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore, TX
  • Development Manager for Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas, TX
  • Curator Con|VERGE: an interdisciplinary collaborative residency at Ponderosa Tanzland, Stolzenhagen, Germany
  • Lead Actor, Songman with the US tour of War Horse
  • Educational Programs Coordinator for the Boulder Fringe Festival, Boulder, CO
  • Guest artist at Duke University, Playmakers Repertory Company, Raleigh, NC
  • Guest Artists, Working Classroom, Albuquerque, NM
  • Founder of Queer Youth Theatre Program at the Denver GLBT Community Center
  • Director of Outreach, Boulder Ballet, Boulder, CO

Conference Presentations, Awards and Grants

  • "Engaging the Sensitive Dialogue between Inner Experience and Outer Expression"
  • "Cultivating the Citizen Performer: Visioning the Performing Arts Curriculum Through a Contemplative Lens"
  • "Dimensional Embodiment Composition: Languaging the creative process with a scientific lens"
  • 2010 National Performance Network Creation Fund recipient
  • Project Grantee, The Regional Arts & Culture Council for a solo play, The Box Marked Black: Tales from a Halfrican-American growing up Mulatto. With sock puppets! Portland, Oregon
  • Artist in Residence Commission at CounterPULSE 2012, San Francisco, CA
  • "Dimensional Embodiment: Bridging the Languages of Chaos Theory and The Viewpoints"

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