I believe in radical hospitality as a personal, political, and artistic virtue. There is a reason why a theatre is also called a house. Regardless of how small and unglamorous the living space, I have always hosted potlucks, parties, and travellers on my couch. I believe in letting people see who I am, and in trying to see who they are. I believe it’s powerful to admit, “I don’t understand. Can you tell me more?”
There is a place between the introverted flow state and the extroverted urge to communicate, and that is where my work grows. This friction drives me outward to facilitate, direct, and produce; inward to write and reflect on my communities; and outward again to build them and challenge them to be places of love.
Bridging different communities forms the basis of my community organizing work, and my parallel career in communications.
I have an MFA in Creative Writing with a playwriting focus from the University of Guelph, and a BFA in Theatre & Development from Concordia University. In 2018-2019 I was playwright-in-residence at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and an artist-in-residence at the Ottawa Fringe’s undercurrents festival.
I am the Founder and Artistic Director of CSArt Ottawa, a social enterprise that connects local artists with local audiences through a subscription model. Over the past 3 years, CSArt Ottawa has produced 13 events and represented 10 local artists/artist groups of multiple disciplines.