Click on the PDF icon below to read an article about my work with Sanctuary Stage from International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Oregon’s Sanctuary Stage: Giving Voice to the Voiceless.
International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Oregon’s Sanctuary Stage: Giving Voice to the Voiceless
Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Tarelton State University. Additionally, I am a co-founder of Sanctuary Stage, a theater company based in Oregon that creates works by implementing socially engaged participatory theatre practices. As an educator, I assist students in the manifestation of their own creative voices and am involved in the development of new plays. As a result of these endeavors, I am now contemplating novel approaches and target demographics in order to explore ecological concerns through theatrical productions for youth. At present, I am engaged in the development of a theatrical cycle for young people that centers on environmental issues encountered by various ecosystems.
I investigate, through my artistic endeavors, what it means to comprehend the human condition, the transience of our existence, and how the exchange of narratives can provide otherwise unconsidered perspectives. Participation in the arts, in my opinion, establishes an enduring bond between the spirit, body, and intellect. Throughout my career, I have successfully managed a harmonious integration of academic obligations, artistic pursuits, and research, with a particular emphasis on community-engaged participatory theatre research, as well as devised and applied theatre projects. As a writer or director, conceptualizing and constructing new theatrical works is a frequent focus of my projects.
Nothing in this world brings me greater joy than constructing a theatrical production from its inception. From my perspective as an artist, observing a play that I have either authored or directed alongside a group of actors and designers in its development provides me with immense gratification and a feeling of fulfillment.
Chapter Seven of this newly released book titled Artists Activating Sustainability: The Oregon Story focuses on my Community Engaged Theatre work with Sanctuary Stage.