Faculty in Music, Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University; Owner of Tributary Dance LLC; Freelance Performer/Collaborator
Birthplace: Metro-Detroit, Mich.
High school: West Bloomfield High School, Mich.
College/post grad degrees: BFA Dance, New York University – Tisch School of the Arts; MEd Integrated Arts Education – Plymouth State University
What is the best career advice you ever received?
“NEVER forget to practice your art!” – Dr. Jonathan Santore (colleague, mentor, friend)
Why did you choose your profession?
I love the feelings of power and vulnerability in movement. It feels like the one place that my effort can directly impact the space around me, quite literally by moving the air in a room. Frankly, I never wanted to be anything but a performer, the vessel for a choreographer to share their vision, but as I have become embedded in the Central New Hampshire community and prioritize supporting my young family, I became open to all the ways dance could link me to jobs, people and communities. Now, it is hard to define my role in just one word. I’m learning new things as I focus on bringing the language and skill of dance to initiatives in advocacy, education, business-development, community engagement and performance.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
I aspire to increase the value communities place on art and artists. I support artists at the table in policy and planning, education framework discourse and business development and to be compensated equitably in respect and pay. I hope to motivate communities to invest in artists who both engage in and tell the story of towns because artists can make order out of chaos. To do that, I need to be part of the energy that motivates action and also sets an example.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
Talent doesn’t mean you deserve anything.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
To be frank, I think it already is attractive, but we are not great at telling our story.
What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?
Spearheading a collaborative arts-led, cross-sector business that focuses on one of New Hampshire’s wicked problems that also employs artists across the state. Wink, wink.
Volunteer activities: Steering Committee Member, New Hampshire Creative Communities Network; Interim-President, New Hampshire Dance Alliance; Board Member, American College Dance Association; Arts Steward, Ashland Elementary School.
Last major achievement: Re-creation and performance of “Shadows: A physical theatre performance” with collaborators C. Robin Marcotte (Actor, Co-creator), Amanda Whitworth (Dancer, Co-creator) Vivian Beer (Sculptor) Ben Kutner (Composer) and Elizabeth Daily (Director) at Seacoast Repertory Theater. And, acceptance of the interdisciplinary performance work “Brilliant Being” (combining dance, voice, storytelling, virtual reality and infared technology) to the 2019 Prague Quadrennial in Czech Republic. “Brilliant Being” was created collaboratively with Matt Kizer (Technology, Scenography) Dr. Jonathan Santore (Composer) Dr. Paul Mroczka (Playwriting), and Amanda Whitworth (Dance, Performer). Collaborative performers also included Dr. Emily Jaworski (Voice) and Dr. Charmian Wells (Dance).