Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

I have been heavily influenced by my Seminole values of community and kinesensic oral tradition that utilizes touch, sound, smell, and music outside of spoken word as the foundation of my artistry. I use these values to allow audience members to become active participants in dynamic storytelling. My work is predominately created with one central theme: challenging the American Dream with the American Reality through an intersectional lens of color. This is the work I create because that is the life I live every day when I walk out of my front door—a life of being “othered”. Therefore, I’ve made it my mission to create work that educates about intersectionality and the audiences' roles in it, provokes conversations about their own behaviors, and inspires change in their prospective homes and communities because societal change comes after change in the individual. Being brutally honest, using tactile techniques, and provoking evocative thoughts are my guideposts. People of color, resilience, and this current political climate are my muses. Playwriting, revitalizing classics, and re-imagining contemporary pieces are my vessels for change.

As a director and playwright, I have made it my artistic mission to utilize my diverse skill sets that are rooted in my culture to educate, inspire, and challenge audiences to make change and more importantly, to uplift diverse artists and their stories.