I am a creative individual with many areas of passion that I explore in my career life:
Professional Storyteller; NYS Certified Drama Specialist/Educator; Professional Development Coordinator & Facilitator; Workshop Leader; Arts-In-Education Advocate; Puppeteer; Playwright; Director; Performer; Teaching Artist; Curriculum Writer; and sometimes more, as the needs arise.
As the founder and Artistic Directer of The Brothers Grinn (1995-2006), an interactive improvisational storytelling performance troupe, I was always learning how to entertain and, hopefully in our school shows, educate, to such a wide disparity of audiences. I found myself not just a well received performer but as a recognized leader of Theater Arts.
That resulted in my pursuing, and achieving, two Masters of Arts degrees: a MA in Educational Theatre and a MA in Oral Traditions. Both have served me well in my ongoing journey in so many ways.
I have extended the breadth of my traditional storytelling canon, although you will still find me quite happy to improvise a tale or two. I’ve been writing more, which has led me to perform a very personal show: “everywhere I look..”, my father’s stories as a Concentration Camp survivor. His story is mixed with my perspective of such horrors still plaguing us. Look for this on the performance page.
I’ve also experienced growth in how I lead my classrooms and workshops. The basics of what I believe are always there in the way I teach: the atmosphere must be safe and non-judgmental, interactive, and a space that is open to new ideas that help explore everyone’s creative voice.
I advanced my professional Arts Administration side (after 12 years with The Brothers Grinn) with my work for the Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects. I had a great learning experience as a Professional Development Coordinator and Facilitator, and then as the Chair and Special Projects Manager for “American Voices.” I led a group of arts educators in creating Social Studies curricula that was heavily infused with Theatre Arts. “American Voices” is now a NYC Department of Education official document.
Albert Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Come with me on an imaginative journey, and lets have fun discovering the possibilities together.