let's tell the story.
We all have those moments in life that pull the rug out from beneath us. A challenge so big we can't see it all at once. One that requires we come undone, let go, then dig down, like it or not...and push forward with no idea who we will become.
At age 16, Stage III cancer was a moment for me.
After 2 years of chemotherapy -at the celestial St. Jude Children’s Hospital - and a pronounced remission, I graduated high school, left for university and I was utterly bewildered.
During summers I found Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp- another heavenly place for kids battling similar challenges like I had faced. So many inspiring people and artists work there. One day I watched a real storyteller by the campfire. I felt the story as it magically grew bigger than all of us. That was the moment. I knew I would learn this craft.
I fell in love with Storytelling. This art which gives us permission to experience our humanity on so many deep levels and to learn new perspectives and all while reminding us we are not alone. Not ever.
I threw on a backpack and sought out storytellers, I lived for over a year in Scotland and Ireland, then France. I learned, and then I performed at festivals, in the pubs, in schools, on the street with musicians and many nights at the home of a gifted tinker (gypsy) and seanchai (storyteller). I learned. I learned to craft , I learned to tell, But most importantly, I learned to listen.
I wanted more.
I wanted to be a part of stories bigger than I alone could tell. I wanted to tell stories with other people.
I studied Acting at Dell Arte International School of Theatre. Then to Actor’s Avenue Studio, private classes, coaches, I like to stay sharp in my craft. It is impossible for me to stop being moved by people. Sure actors, writers, directors, but also painters, accountants, landscapers, cashiers, that Mom at the stoplight. I watch, listen, learn and pray that I can authentically share when I am called to do so.
I look for connection in all forms of my work. From traditional storytelling to theatre, on camera, voice over, film, television, commercials, narration…all of it.
It is all story to me. So many colors of each unique story. I continue to learn how and when to use them, What each story wants regardless of form.
We are not alone. We are in this together.
Let’s tell the story.