I am a producer, designer, and administrator dedicated to innovative arts infrastructure. I am the co-founder and director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (CSPA), a leader in the conversation on sustainability and the arts, and an Assistant Professor at York University in Toronto, where I teach sustainability in the arts and design from within the Department of Theatre. I am a trustee, and Vice Chair of the board, for DanceUSA, the national service organization for dance, where I serve on the Executive, Strategic Planning, and Technology committees, and chair of the Branches committee.
I maintains a design practice focused on lighting and media, with some work in scenic design. I served as the lighting curator for Scenofest at the Prague Quadrennial, and am the resident designer for the Indy Convergence, an annual artistic open-space in Indianapolis. I received the 2006 LA Weekly Theater Award for best lighting for Permanent Collection at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and was the lighting designer for Song of Extinction with Moving Arts, which won the 2008 LA Weekly Theater Award for Production of the Year. Some previous credits include: Eternal Thou (South Coast Rep, Son of Semele Ensemble) Kristina Wong‘s tour of Cat Lady (DiverseWorks, ODC, NPN Annual Meeting: Tampa) and The 2011 and 2012 Company Creation Festivals (Son of Semele Ensemble), Hyperbole: Origins (Rogue Artists Ensemble at [Inside] the Ford), On Emotion (Son of Semele Ensemble), Summer in Hell (Brimmer Street Theatre Company at Studio/Stage), Leiris/Picasso (Brimmer Street Theatre Company/Bootleg Theater), <3 (Brimmer Street Theatre Company at Studio/Stage), Speech and Debate (Blank Theatre Company), Body Politic (Echo Theatre Company), and dozens of others. I was part of the lighting team for the Crimson Collective’s Ascension, a 150’ wide, origami-style crane sculpture at the 2010 Coachella Music Festival. In Houston, I designed on the veranda at the Alden Hotel for a Houston Grand Opera O.N. event and in the DiverseWorks Gallery for Claude Wampler’s
PERFORMANCE (career ender) installation.
As a producer, I worked on the premier of Richard Foreman and Michael Gordon’s What to Wear at REDCAT and produced the Prague tour for Torry Bend’s puppet adaptation of Aimee Bender’s Loser. I have produced dozens of shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including At Sundown—a devised physical theater piece on aging and memory. In Los Angeles, I produced the hit Gogol Project with the Rogue Artists Ensemble and Leiris/Picasso with Brimmer Street Theatre Company, both at the Bootleg Theater. In Houston, I produced Week 42 of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days / 365 Plays. I was associate producer on The Medea Project, a cross-cultural production of Medea in Athens and Los Angeles. Currently, I am developing a piece with his wife, writer Justine Garrett, about marketing, manipulation and meaning called Nudity, Free Beer, and Good for Kids, which will premiere at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
As partner, and the “G”, in MPG Interactive, I have toured MicePaceMaze with Dave Mickey and David Peterson, an invisible sonic maze system using optical tracking technology, which received three Editor’s Choice awards at Maker Faire.
I am a leader in the conversation on sustainability in the arts, and have spoken on arts and the environment, arts infrastructure, and new models of training at events and conference around the world. In 2013 I served as sustainability programme coordinator for World Stage Design in Cardiff, Wales and led the selection committee for the temporary sustainable theatre project built for that event, the Willow Theatre. I have spoken at gatherings hosted by St. Louis University, Live Design International, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), DanceUSA, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Americans for the Arts, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and European Theatre Network MITOS21. In 2007, I received the Richard E. Sherwood Award for emerging theater artists from the Center Theater Group (CTG) for the integration of ecologically sustainable practice into theater production. In 2009 and 2010 respectively, I traveled to COP15 in Copenhagen and COP16 in Cancun to document the artistic responses to these global climate talks. With the CSPA, I have been featured in American Theatre, DramaBiz, and on Inhabitat.com.
I previously served as the Executive Director of the Fresh Arts Coalition, an arts service organization focused on awareness and marketing in Houston, TX, and as consultant and interim staff for the LA Stage Alliance, a regional arts service organization serving more than 350 non-profit performing arts companies in Southern California. I have also served as group sales associate for Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, spent the 2007 Fall/Winter season with DiverseWorks, and was patron services manager for the Will Geer Theatricum Botancium in Topanga, CA.
For four years, I taught in the School of Theater at CalArts, including courses on production and management technology and sustainable practice. I also led communications for the School of Theater, developing its web identity and digital infrastructure. I continue to produce their annual Edinburgh Program, bringing student and alumni work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.