Digital Media Strategist
specializing in social media for advocacy, viral strategies and crowdsourced fundraising campaigns.
Co-Director of Viral Video
The School of Authentic Journalism (authenticjournalism.org)
Visiting Professor at the United Nations mandated University for Peace
Centre for Executive Education (centre.upeace.org), “Social Media for Social Innovation” as part of the Diploma in Social Innovation
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), and the power of story.
I was working in New York when the events of 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 sponsored by a local state senator, managing supply logistics between on-site organizations. Aside from discovering that theatre is remarkably good training for crisis management, 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, fueled by the belief that there is nothing more important than positive human action, and still inspired with a desire to share unifying stories of struggle, 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.
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.