Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

"Some people squeeze their eyes tight around it, afraid if they don't, that moment will slip right through the cracks of their memory. But when I know that something is happening to me that I have to hold on to forever, I can't help myself. I focus really hard, my eyes wide open. I look out past the patterns on the deck, over the conductor's shoulder...and through that dark cavern of wealthy strangers who sit there...waiting to see me. And maybe it's all the kinetic energy that's...ricocheting back and forth between us -- but all of the sudden it happens. That one perfect moment in time that yells at me to catch it -- and I do! I memorize it. And I know that there is such a thing as divine, profound beauty. That all those molecules making up the one collective gasp of delight that will happen just as I am caught in mid-air...will form this...ineffable instant of grace. And I am there, inside it! Dancing on the shoulders of everyone who had come before me. At this moment, I know I have it all." I wrote that passage for a character in a play about a Broadway dancer who loses her identity because of a career-ending injury -- but it was inspired by how I feel about great theatre. Whether I am speaking/dancing/singing someone else's words, or watching others speak/dance or sing my own, those images sum up my love affair with the theatre. The perfect alchemy of storytelling, inspiration and creativity is something that I aspire to find in my artistic pursuits every day. I strive to create work that can inspire thought, social action, healing and/or hope, with music and words that intertwine with our collective heartbeat and shepherd us on a shared journey of self-discovery. Plays and musicals have always been at the core of my being. Ever since my first "self-produced" presentation of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" to my parents' captive holiday party guests at age 6, I always knew, on some level, that I would spend my life in the theatre. Since then, I have dedicated my life to being a writer and actor, while also advocating for those who have had a harder time getting invited to the party based on the color of the skin or whether or not all their parts work in the same way that the majority of other people's do. I am grateful beyond measure for my life in the arts, all that it continues to give me, and what I can give back to it. And so I write about underdogs. People who strive to be great, but who fall down in the process. Always, though, there is a glimmer of hope that they will get up again. And try again. And fall again. And try again. There is humanity in art, and art in humanity. The road to finding it -- and then dramatizing it -- is a gift like no other.