Where did you grow up?

Upstate NY in a small town called Oneonta. It’s located right at the foot of the Catskills. 

What are your interests? What excites you? 

I love to read! I am a Shakespeare/16th/17th century literature scholar, but I love reading all different genres, including contemporary speculative fiction. 

I love to travel! I have lived in Brazil and the UK and have traveled to many other countries. Two of my favorite trips were sailing on the west coast of Scotland and staying in the south of France. 

I enjoy horseback riding (I ride at Reunion Stables in Madison) and skiing whenever I have the chance to travel up north! 

I am passionate about education and equity. I am a professor at Alcorn, the oldest land-grant HBCU in the country, and I believe that education can empower minority and first generation college students. It’s why I love what I do. 

Can you tell us a bit about your theatre experience?

Prior to my involvement with Uproar, I had very little practical theater experience. I played Sandy in a middle school production of Grease, if that counts 🙂 

How did you become involved with Uproar?

Our former president, Katie Moss, asked me if I’d be willing to serve. The rest of the board were all active actors/directors, and they wanted someone with an academic perspective to complement their expertise. 

What’s been the most memorable experience you’ve had with the theatre?

I co-directed Tipsy Bard (Much Ado About Nothing) last spring with Paula Ishee. Learning the practical processes of a production and developing my directing skills was incredible, and the show was so much fun! We had a fantastic cast and great energy from the crowds.

What else should we know about you?

I’m obsessed with my two kitty babies, Jeanie (a classy tuxedo girl) and Ambi (a very witchy black cat). I love organizing so much that sometimes I’ll procrastinate on my actual work in order to rearrange my list of duties in my planner.