What are your favorite pastimes?
“Being in nature – hiking, camping, and swimming in any body of water I find. I also love traveling and have been lucky enough to get to travel a lot for gigs! And taking advantage of all the arts offerings in NYC, where I’ve been based.”
If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
“I love Winnie the Pooh. It’d be great to live in the forest with all my friends (and eating lots of honey wouldn’t be too bad either).”
You are trapped on an island. What three items do you want to have with you?
“A copy of Shakespeare’s Complete Works, scuba gear, and my trusty, indestructible two-person tent.”
Do you have any uncommon talents or quirks?
“Pigeons are my favorite animal! They’re not rats with wings, they’re rock doves. Don’t judge – Charles Darwin and Nikola Tesla loved them too…”
“Doing lots of outdoor summer theatre has honed my ability to perform while being swarmed by bugs. The worst is when you’re lying dead onstage and they’re biting your face and you can’t do anything about it…
What brings you to VSA?
“I’m currently a master’s candidate in the Arts in Education program at HGSE, and I met Mia last spring at Lincoln Center’s symposium on arts & autism! I’ve been working as a theatre artist and educator for the past ten years, most recently building an arts program for a therapeutic school in Manhattan, and I believe the arts are a crucial tool for creating a more just and equitable society. I’m excited to work with and learn from the VSA team and develop my capacity to be of service as an artist-educator.”
What are you doing during your fellowship?
“I’ll be working with Mia on the management and operations side of COOL Schools, tracking data and managing family communication, designing programs and community events, and working on professional development for teachers. I can’t wait to dive in!”