I am the Public Humanities Manager at the Tony-award winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater where I curate audience engagement programming and collaborate with other Shakespeare and Performance scholars. As a director, dramaturg, and scholar, I passionate about making art, literacy, and culture accessible to Chicago’s communities.
My own research in the fields of theatre history, adaptation, as well as the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, has been published in Renaissance Drama, Puppetry International, and several edited book collections. My book, Performing Pregnancy on the Early Modern English Stage, is currently under contract with Routledge’s Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama Series.
I have presented my research at many academic conferences including the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Conference, the Shakespeare Association of America, the American Society for Theatre Research, and the Mid-America Theatre Conference. I have also worked as a director and dramaturg in Texas and Illinois.
I hold a PhD in Theatre History from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I have taught theatre, performance, and public speaking at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois.