Crimes of the Heart, Roundabout Theatre



As an entertainer experienced on all sides of the curtain, I know what it takes to put on a show. I work with creatives and producers on passion projects and commercial ventures, and help them get their stories ready for the spotlight. 



Script Writing


Pitch Writing

Editorial & Features

Commercial Copy

Script Notes


Script Doctoring



As an actor, I've appeared on stage in New York and Chicago, and have performed in productions, workshops and readings at theaters including HERE Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Public, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and Cherry Lane.


On-stage highlights include: acting in productions helmed by Tony-nominated directors Liesl Tommy and Moritz von Stuelpnagel; helping develop scripts by then-emerging playwrights Jesse Eisenberg, Rob Askins, and Dan LeFranc; and varyingly portraying pirates, slimy record executives, stoners, deranged woodsmen, political prisoners, romantic poets, and once: a talking hedgehog.

Behind the scenes, I've worked as a writer, producer, and assistant director. Some favorite jobs: serving as assistant director for Joanie Schultz on the Jeff-winning Chicago premiere of Mark Schultz's A Brief History of Helen of Troy at Steep Theatre; producing world and New York premieres by Sam Forman, Bekah Brunstetter, Amy Herzog, and Lucy Alibar in Red Elevator Productions' evening of one-act plays, Too Little Too Late; and assistant directing Kathleen Turner's hit off-Broadway revival of Crimes of the Heart at the Roundabout Theater Company (starring Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe).


As an administrator, I worked for several years at the renowned Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York, where I fulfilled roles in the artistic and marketing departments. With the marketing team, I contributed to the creation of new communication strategies, oversaw the construction of a new website, and coordinated audience engagement events. On the artistic side, I evaluated literary submissions, helped manage a new-play development series ("Dirty Works") and assisted the company's Artistic Director and Literary Manager on world premiere productions from writers including: Adam Bock, Lucy Thurber, David Grimm, Sheila Callaghan, Craig Wright, Adam Rapp (Pulitzer finalist, Red Light Winter), and Annie Baker (Pulitzer winner, The Flick).


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