On May 15th, 2009 I earned my MFA degree from California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) in Scenic Design in the Puppetry track from the Theater School and the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts. I attended CalArts between 2006-2009 under the mentorship of Janie Geiser and Susan Simpson and developed two major productions, Growing Up Linda and Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical,.
While at CalArts, I focused on puppetry and performing objects as part of scenic design. I took calsses inhistory of puppet theatre, scenic and video design, directing, writing, improvisation, mask work, voice, producing,
In addition to course work, I participated in a number of outside projects: I had an internship through Cornerstone Theatre at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where I assisted Paul Zaloom and Lynn Jeffries with dramaturgy and shadow puppets. At the Velaslavaysay Panorama, I was the house manager for Frankenstein and the Sunset Chronicles. At the Manual Archives, I was a marionettist in Susan Simpson’s Lead Feet and Nothing Upstairs.
While at CalArts, I premiered Growing Up Linda at the Edinburgh Festival in which the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past, and developed Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, in which an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband. Both productions went on to have a long lives beyond CalArts.