Helloo, TEAM community!
I’m nearing my official one month-iversary (wild!) as the TEAM’s first-ever full-time Associate Producer, so I wanted to take a moment to say hello and introduce myself to the TEAM community.
I’m an administrator, producer, and dramaturg coming to the TEAM after five years at Baltimore Center Stage, where I held a number of roles, including Special Artistic Coordinator, chair of the Antiracism & Anti-Oppression Committee, and Executive Chief of Staff. My theatrical path has also included independent producing (most recently demons at the Bushwick Starr), plenty of writing (check me out in American Theatre Magazine and Howlround!), and advocacy (I currently serve on the Advisory Council for Groundwater Arts, which aims to bring the arts and culture field towards a decolonized and climate-just future). I’m a Gemini, an Ohioan, a tap dancer, and a lover of cheap beer. And I was also recently named one of American Theatre Magazine’s Theater Workers to Know, so this introduction is well-timed!
I’m so, so thrilled to be joining this community at this moment. I’m a huge believer in the importance of joy, care, creativity, and play in the making of our work—my most used quote might be Lucille Clifton’s “We cannot create what we can’t imagine”— so the TEAM’s ethos of rigorous experimentation and human-centered process is right up my ideological alley. And as an eternally-curious nerd whose academic focus was at the intersection of Black history, performance studies, and interracial embodied empathy, RECONSTRUCTING is a dream first project on the job.
My first few weeks with the TEAM have taken me from our office in Brooklyn, all the way to Iowa City, where we participated in Hancher’s Infinite Dream Festival, and back. As I sit in my new NYC apartment among half-unpacked boxes, blank walls, and piles upon piles of books, I feel full of the possibility of this moment and just so so happy to be here.