I’m a storyteller and storyweaver. I make live art and theater from scratch combining fact and fiction, and often incorporating real people's stories.
The work I create explores our relationship to the place/s we call home, asking the follwing questions: Who are we as people? What do we stand for? How do we want to be remembered? I’m driven by a curiosity for the way we perform our identities out in the world, and how we perform in our civic discourse. As a creator, facilitator, and longtime educator, I work with people from all backgrounds and sectors to explore ethical storytelling, narrative power, and everyday practices of transformative justice. My facilitation style blends serious play, healing, liberatory frameworks, and big dreaming.
As a facilitator, I collaborate and co-design with community partners and people around collectively-defined aspirations, challenges or visions. I value intergenerational collaborations, and fiercely believe in the power of art making and creative play as tools for making policy, planning efforts, and other fuzzy topics more accessible and equitable. I relish the challenge of creating democratic space to host complex conversations and move groups towards consensus, evaluation, or reflection.
I'm currently an Instructor with the Center for Communicating Science and School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech, where I introduce students of all majors to creative techniques of deep listening, interpersonal dialogue, devised performance,call-and-response, and oral history to engage the perspectives of their peers.
As a collaborating artist with The Clinic Performance, I design and facilitate arts-based workshops and immersive performances in hospitals grounded in research on burnout and secondary traumatic stress. As a teaching artist with Ping Chong + Company, I develop verbatim theater projects, adapting memoir (real people’s stories) into collectively weaved performances rooted in cross-cultural connection.
Photo Credits: (1) Self, (2) Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, (3) Lee Wexler, (4) Self, (5) Victor G Jeffreys II., (6) Hiromi Okumura, (7), María José, (8) Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, (9/10) Whitney Browne Photography, (11) Leslie-Lohman Museum, (12) Self, (13) Marlène Ramírez-Cancio