I help communities and individuals discover and develop personalized stories for specialized purposes. I help you put good things into better words. Then we discover how those words make a story. Then we decide where that story should go.
I once rode in a homemade submarine with a member of the Danish Royal Navy and a future convicted murderer to go visit a man who just finished building a walking house. I’ve helped assemble a hands-on science museum in Turkey during an airport bombing and an attempted military coup. I’ve directed a crowdsourced, abstract musical aboard art rafts made of trash during the Venice biennale after crossing the Adriatic Sea. I’ve performed Russian butoh in below freezing temperatures and improvised a ten-minute musical featuring the audience in an abandoned copper mine in Finland. Also I do weddings. I cofounded a ramshackle, barroom theater company and an apocalyptic puppet troop and once helped manage a venue for odd and unlikely entertainment—booking, producing or performing shows 7 nights a week for 5 years straight in San Francisco. I've written and performed hundreds of shows, songs and poems for audiences at home and abroad, all the while learning how and where to make ideas land in people's minds.
Fine-tuning the art of entertainment and education in unusual circumstances has taught me how to fuse the necessary with the unexpected so that an important message is sure to make its mark.
The ideas I put forth in my work are not simply transcribed from some book or institution. They are notes taken from the field and scars worn bright on parade. They are the lessons that have carved the way through and they are the ways that have shown me both sides. Now they are tools that I share with those looking to make the most of what they have. And do more good more better. And that usually means more simple.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Universal Design, a self-directed degree which incorporates environmental design, visual merchandising, graphic design, costume design, photography, fine art, and early childhood education.
You may be searching for your organization’s voice or redesigning its entire approach to existence.
You may be trying to galvanize a community around a single purpose. And perhaps that purpose is survival.
You may have a scientific lecture that demands theatrics, an expedition deserving of poetic documentation or a performance that wants to explore new elements.
Or perhaps you are simply pitching an unusual idea to someone who isn’t used to hearing unusual ideas and you want to translate it into their language while keeping your integrity intact.
What should you say and when? How should you say it? And what's the best medium for saying it? With a nuanced understanding of many mediums and an eye for novel approaches and proven strategies, I can help you answer these questions, make a plan and then execute it. Whether you're involved with entertainment, education or social engagement, your goal is to tell a good story. And good stories aren't just written, they're engineered.
To learn more about how we might work together, please contact me with a brief description of your situation so we can set a time to sit down and talk.