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Responsibilities and Accomplishments


  • Oversee all literary department activities for a world recognized regional theater with an annual budget of nearly $11M, including 2 FTE, consultant, interns, and freelance script readers
  • Co-Director and project manager of the nationally recognized annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, working cross-departmentally to produce the festival
  • Coordinator of all commissioning activities including the CrossRoads playwright commissioning and residency program to build community engagement
  • Managing between 55-65 commissions at any given time, scouting and recommending 8-10 new commissions per year at all levels of playwriting experience.
  • Successfully dramaturged two-year exploration of local Santa Ana community in conjunction that resulted in multi-media production taking over the Santa Ana Civic Center for two weeks
  • Leader in all artistic planning from scouting and programming through production

Skills


Project and Festival Management

  • Direct all aspects of Pacific Playwrights Festival from artistic producing to audience building
  • Manage and attracting theatre professionals, growing annual attendance from less than 100 to average of 180
  • Consistently matching people and skills with needs and problems, such as building creative teams, and matched needs with appropriate talent in organization

Building Narratives

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully create cohesive narratives from storytelling and marketing to building relatable stories from raw data
  • Brainstorming and giving feedback at all stages of project development from inception to production
  • Ability to maintain overview goals and ambitious scope while keeping track of relevant details
  • Dramaturg for 4 full productions per year in addition to 10-20 readings and workshops
  • Writing and copy-editing across all communication channels, including grants, newsletter articles, program notes, and marketing materials
  • Editor of Plays from the Pacific Playwrights Festival, Vol 2 and Complete Plays: Humana 2014

Communication and Community Building

  • Built a national network of artistic talent including: playwrights, agents, actors, directors
  • Built and maintained donor relationships
  • Created community connections to support many artistic projects
  • Maintaining engagement with community groups through project development and beyond

Skilled Administration / Manager

  • Budget conscience and creative with solving problems with minimal financial impact
  • Cemented PPF within fabric of organization so that employees did not view festival as ancillary or a separate event but instead as part of the mission
  • Managed approximately 60 commissions at any given time and annual budget of $100,000
  • Directed Crossroads commission and residency project, budget of $150,000

Public Speaking

  • Regularly speak to audiences of up to 500 people on a variety of topics including: talkbacks with actors and artists (2 per production), long-format seminar series (9 events per year), speaking at high level donor events (5 to 10 per year)

Professional Experience


University of Toronto Temp Pool; Aug 2019-present
-Dec-Jan 2020 School of Cities- Program Officer, event managing Urban Career Expo
-Aug-Nov 2019 University Planning, Construction, and Design; Document Administrator

Literary Director

South Coast Repertory; Costa Mesa, CA; April 2015-May 2019

Literary Manager

Actors Theatre of Louisville; Louisville, KY; May 2014-April 2015

Associate Literary Director

South Coast Repertory; Costa Mesa, CA; Nov. 2008-May 2014

Chorus, Dancers, and Supers Assistant

LA Opera; Los Angeles, CA; Aug. 2007-Nov. 2008

Assistant to the Artistic Director; Gala Coordinator

Oregon Contemporary Theatre; Eugene, OR; Oct. 2004-June 2006

Director /Co-founder

Full Frontal Artist Collective, San Diego, CA; Dec. 2002-May 2004

Freelance Dramaturg, Script Reader, and/or Evaluator for organizations including:

  • Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • Denver Center Theatre
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • The Playwrights Center
  • The O’Neill Theatre Conference
  • PlayPenn
  • Native Voices at the Autry
  • Mixed Blood Theatre
  • National Endowment of the Arts (NEA)
  • Literary Manager and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA)
  • Network of Ensemble Theatres (NET)
  • National New Play Network (NNPN)

A list of dramaturgical projects, including dozens of world premieres, can be found here.

Education


M.A., Arts Administration, Performing Arts Concentration

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; 2004-2007

  • Master’s Research: The Art of Artistic Direction. Examining the factors involved in creating a theatre season. Interviews with artistic directors combined with an in-depth analysis of programming theatre. Classes including: Marketing for the Arts, Financial Management, Non-Profit Administration, Grant writing, Graphic Design
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, 2005-2007: Humanities 101, 102, 103
  • Arts Bridge Scholar, Spring 2005: Teaching Drama and Art at Kelly Middle School (Grade 6). Created and implemented curriculum: Examining Different Cultures through Masks

B.A., Theatre

University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA; 1997-2000

  • Graduated cum laude in three years for a four year degree