Fascinated by an art form that could communicate struggle and create common experience among diverse groups of people, I pursued the craft of the theatre from an early age. I studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC), The British American Drama Academy’s Oxford program (in association with Juilliard, hosted at Oxford’s Balliol College), and received my BFA in Theatre from The New School (NYC). My study and work as an actor convinced me of the singular importance of community (as theatre is, by the very nature of its many parts, a community action). I began to understand how powerful our stories can be.
Like so many others, September 11th, 2001 changed the course of my life. After watching the towers fall from my Brooklyn apartment, I headed into Ground Zero with a truck full of supplies and worked my way onto a Disaster Task Force managing supply logistics between on-site organizations. The experience changed the way I saw the world. It also helped me to find my voice as a storyteller. My play about my time in Ground Zero, ‘Hope in Chaos,’ premiered in New York in 2011 during the 10-year commemoration. My next piece, Nobody’s Bones, premiered in New York in 2013 and was nominated for Best Short Subject and Best Actor in the Midtown International Theatre Festival.
In 2012, I turned my pen from theatre to journalism and online media. I attended the School of Authentic Journalism in Mexico, where I partnered with a handful of truly remarkable people to put into action what I had learned there about creating effective media for social movements and the power of nonviolence. I began to focus more closely on narratives – on how the way we tell our stories changes the way we see and understand the world and each other.
In June of 2012 I received a certificate in the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy’s “Fletcher Summer Institute” (in association with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict) at Tufts University, and in 2014 I earned my Master’s degree in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies from the United Nations mandated University for Peace.
Since 2012, I have worked on a wide range of online media projects, with a focus on viral strategy, advocacy and social justice. I continue to seek out ways to use my writing, humor, and creativity to communicate, organize, unify, and effect positive change.