I am a writer and contemporary performance artist based in Portland, Oregon, who creates original outlandish performances that are character driven, rooted in movement-based theater, and defy easy categorization. My hybrid performances stem from personal exploration, are semi-autobiographical, and seek to create community by addressing relevant issues in society. My work juxtaposes pratfalls with the seriousness, absurdities with sincerity, and pathos with humor while exploring themes of aging, feminism, sexuality, consciousness, shamanism, healing modalities, the zeitgeist, our political climate, vulnerability, intimacy, societal norms, gender, memory, infinity, cosmos, death, alienation, and love.
My performances employ layered costuming, reveals of makeshift props, seamless shifts of mediums, manipulation of objects, audience participation, time-based media (music samples, sync-error jokes, off-the-wall audio effects, video), and utilize my voice, both literally and figuratively, through text, story, and song. My performance style integrates the concept of mask/counter-mask, ‘shapeshifter’ tropes, twisting storyline arches, and satirizes marketing techniques by cannily coining phrases like ‘Tribal Deficit Disorder (TDD™)’, or ‘Vaginal Consciousness (VAGCON™), all while holding a sharp sense of rhythm, somatic awareness, and swift sensitivity to audience interaction.
My character Dr Tallulah questions the unknown by directly asking the audience open-ended ruminative questions at unpredictable moments, ‘Do monks masturbate?'. Audiences members have described my comedic performances as transcendentalist hilarity, wonderfully wrenching, gutsy, poignant, from laughter to tears, and utterly inexplicable!
"Dr Tallulah blends topical meditations on aging, sexuality, isolation and womanhood with a Christopher Guest-ish deadpan sense of comic timing. Whether merging with cosmic vagina consciousness, mourning our modern lack of community, or just longing for cock, Dr Tallulah is a character for our times. This is activism!" -Ben Martens, Audience Member 2016
‘Your confidence on stage and the absolute fully formed character gives the feeling you're in good hands. The commitment to the opaque marketing - if someone wasn't quite sure whether it's a serious event, comedy show, performance art, public medical procedure; even after arriving and standing in the lobby, they could still be unsure. 5 minutes before the show they might think "fuck this is actually a Lamaze class" and leave. That takes vision and some real courage to play with the contextual framing of a performance like that. The feeling that the character, workshop, show, idea refuses to be neatly categorized - bringing a huge amount of laughs and heart, growing way beyond the confines of one "type" of performance.’ - Audience Member's first time at my show (I had never met him before), Jamie Vance, 2017
Although my shows are geared towards adults, I also do some character work with youth, and I organize various arts events. Please see my CV and ABOUT ME.