AS AN ARTIST
I define myself by a devotion to hard work, practice, and a deep belief that beauty will indeed save the world.
I understand my purpose is to be truthful: truthful to the art form, truthful to the story of the human spirit, truthful to my own art. How do I manifest that truth? By giving myself fully to the work; by not accepting harmful compromises; by actively working against apathy.
Theatre requires me to trust and work with others. It is a meditation on selflessness and impermanence. This trust while frightening at times, is among the most compelling challenges of theatre, art, and life.
AS A TEACHER
I teach that a set designer is a generator of ideas, not just a respondent, and the human body is the central building block around which a space is created. Set design is centered on trust, selflessness and impermanence. A designer must be a rigorous union between a highly skilled tradesperson and artist. As a professor of set design I must be a caring and generous mentor. My own mentors are my most trusted critics and strongest supporters. I provide students with professional opportunities as well as academic guidance. Lastly, it is important to understand Set Design in relationship to diversity of experience. We live in a global community. It is my job to inspire both the practiced theater makers to the un-exposed. Theater is not just for theater makers. It is universal.