Born and raised in Long Beach, California, I grew-up exploring the performing arts through voice and piano lessons, dance classes, and community theatre. I earned my BA in Theatre and English, with a Musical Theatre Minor from Santa Clara University. I earned my MA in Theatre from Villanova University, where I graduated with distinction for my Dramaturgical work in 2007.
In 2008, I began lecturing and teaching at local colleges, universities, and working with educational programs at professional performing arts centers. In the years that followed, I worked as a freelance dramaturg, choreographer, performer, and costume designer; managed development and marketing for Theatre Exile in Center City Philadelphia; founded a theatre company that produced devised performances via online collaboration tools with artists from around the world; and served as the Co-Artistic Director of a children's performing arts center dedicated to enriching the lives of young people through theatre. In 2013, I returned to California and was hired as the Education/Outreach Coordinator for Musical Theatre West and continued to perform solo shows and in cabaret. I completed my Ed.D. as a member of Cohort X (10) in CSULB's Educational Leadership Program focusing on Higher Education in 2019.
I currently teach in the Theatre Departments at Chapman University and Cypress College, serve as a research consultant for CSULB's Educational Leadership Department, and work as a freelance dramaturg and theatre artist with the goal of continuing my personal mission to deepen my community's appreciation for the arts as an educator, artist, leader, and always a dreamer.