A little bit of this and a little bit of that
DC's Fringe Festival, home to all things experimental, provided the platform for my first full length play, Interviews With in 2015 and a subsequent collaboration, Play Cupid. Since 2006 I have been a supernumerary with the Washington National Opera, performing in nearly a dozen productions at the Kennedy Center and at embassy events. I performed with the Washington Improv Theater from 2013 - 2015 and studied physical theater at Pig Iron in Philadelphia and under the direction of Dody di Santo at the Center for Movement Theater. I am a founding member of the HiveMind Collective in Providence, RI.
Li'l Liza Jane has stolen my heart, and she will steal yours too. This forthcoming feature length documentary explores how the song Li'l Liza Jane has transcended geography, poverty, race, and musical genres to become one of the most recorded songs in the American musical canon. We're in the early stages of production (and fundraising!), but check out the link above to view our trailer. Other projects I've directed and produced include a piece on the first openly gay elected official in the DC region and a mockumentary short about the pseudo psychedelic artist John Grunwell.
I am an avid fiddle player of Appalachian old-time music and other traditional styles. In 2011 I took a sabbatical to study in the music program at East Tennessee State University (where I performed Li'l Liza Jane as part of my audition). Since then I have done projects with Smithsonian Folkways and co-produced Milestones, a box set of previously unreleased Doc Watson recordings. Check out the b part for musings about the waxing and waning of my obsession with fiddle tunes.