My work is born of voracity. I value rigor, the collision of opposites, a sense of extremes. I seek the playful dissonance of contrasting forms, employing a strange dream logic, explorations of scale, tempo or gravity... a 16 foot Alice puppet, a giant snake, a world that grows fur... I get excited about materials like ice, fire, water, dirt...
My creations have been called whimsical, epic, intimate, as well as visceral, violent, and elemental. I like to blur the line between beauty and the grotesque. Stir up the senses, planting the story inside the audience so it lives in their bodies as well as their minds.
Usually I can be found in the rehearsal room training, directing, performing with a team of sweaty, high spirited artists. Or I'm in the studio, paint on my hands, brush in my mouth. Or I'm somewhere unseen, under piles of strewn paper, working out the next script. Each medium speaks to the other. The writing talks to the painting. The painting talks to the directing. A striking synthesis is born.
I make theater and art to wake myself up. To forge a path. Cross a threshold. To go willingly into unknown territory. I make theater and art to touch the untamed thing within and without. To feel its teeth, its breath. To look in its eyes, climb inside it, and know what it knows. I make theater and art to live a more courageous life. And because... I'm hungry.
Top image: Liz Wand as Office Intern in TIME SENSITIVE.
Bottom image: Between Meals, mixed media