Currently: Contributing Editor, Everything Sondheim





  • PhD, Theatre Arts, focus in Cognitive Psychology and Drama Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, 2012

  • M.A., Theatre, University of Central Florida, Orlando, 2005

  • Graduate Teaching Certificate, University of Central Florida Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, 2004

  • B.A., Theatre, Smith College, Northampton, MA, Cum Laude with High Honors, 1999

  • Acting Certificate, American Conservatory Theatre Summer Training Congress, San Francisco, 1999

Computer Skills
  • Microsoft Office
  • Basic web page design
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Power Point
  • Databases
  • Social Media



Awards and Honors

Dean’s Tuition Scholarship, University of Pittsburgh, 2012

Fellowship for Dissertation Candidates in Theatre Arts, U. of Pittsburgh, 2009 ($3,000)

Honorable Mention for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Fellow, U. of Pittsburgh, 2008

Who’s Who at the University of Central Florida, 2005 ($500)

KC/ACTF Region IV Dramaturgy Award Winner, 2005

Honorable Mention for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant, UCF, 2005

Irene Ryan Acting Award Nominee, 2004

Music Theatre Bavaria Scholarship Recipient, 2004

Phi Beta Kappa, Smith College, 1999

First Group Scholar, Smith College, 1999

National Dean’s List, 1999

Smith College Dean’s List, 1999

Marilyn Knapp Award for Excellence in Stage Management, 1997

National Italian American Foundation Scholarship, 1995

Robert C. Byrd Scholarship, 1995





Fordham University

  • Invitation to Theatre (Adjunct; 2006-2012)

  • Effective Speaking (Adjunct; Spring, 2006)

University of Pittsburgh

  • Introduction to Performance (Fall, 2007 -- Spring, 2009)

  • Introduction to Dramatic Art (Fall, 2007)

  • Introduction to Theatre Arts (Spring, 2007 and Fall, 2006 [co-teacher])

University of Central Florida

  • Performance Studies (Spring, 2005)

  • Dramatic Literature II (Teaching Assistant – Spring 2005)

  • Dramatic Literature I (Teaching Assistant – Fall, 2004)

Smith College

Computer Literacy (Teaching Assistant and Lead Teaching Assistant

Orlando Repertory Theatre

Guest Acting Teacher for children’s summer camp

Missoula Children’s Theatre

Children’s Workshops in rhythm, props, theatrical makeup, behind the scenes production planning, and Shakespeare

Melbourne Leisure Services

  • Theatre/Dance workshop for children 

  • Guest Dance Teacher (ballet, jazz, tap)


Interview: “From Baker to Mysterious Man: Chip Zien Takes on Another Generation.”  The Sondheim Review.  Vol. XIX, No. 2.  14-16.

Chapter in a Book: “Theory of the Murderous Mind: Understanding the Emotional Intensity of John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd.” Theory of Mind and Literature. Eds. Paula Leverage, Howard Mancing, Richard Schweickert, and Jennifer Marston William. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2011. 93-103.

Article: "Stephen Sondheim's Assassins and the Wartime Political Climate." Reprint for The Sondheim Review. Vol. XXII, No. 1, 2015


Article: "The Learner Performs: Embodiment as an Attractor in Learning Math." Theatre Topics. Vol. XXV, No. 3, 2015. 223-230.

Article: "The 'Beans' Motif: Music, Magic, and the Human Experience."  The Sondheim Review.  Forthcoming, Fall 2014

Article: “The ‘Stage in the Head’: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding Audio Description in the Theatre.” Theatre Topics, Vol. XX, No. 2. 171-180.

Article: “Sorry-Grateful: How Company Demonstrates Ambivalence.” The Sondheim Review, Vol. XV, No. 3.  24-26.

Article: “Comedy Tonight… And Tomorrow: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Laughter through the Ages.”  Theatre Symposium, Vol. 16.  U. of Alabama Press, 2008.  40-51.

Article: “The Most Intense: Why Audiences Responded to John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd Revival.”  The Sondheim Review, Vol. XIV, No. 1.  24-26.

Article: “Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins and the Wartime Political Climate.” Theatre Symposium, Vol. 14 “Theatre, War, and Propaganda: 1930-2005.” U. of Alabama Press, 2006. 138-151.

Book Review: Women in American Musical Theatre.  Coleman, Bud and Judith A. Sebesta, eds.  London: McFarland & Co., Inc., 2008.  Theatre Journal; May, 2009.

Book Review: Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical.  Carter, Tim.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007; and Lady in the Dark: Biography of Musical.  McClung, Bruce D.  Oxford: University Press, 2007.  Theatre Journal; May, 2008.  328-329.  

Book Review: American Musical Theatre and the Performance of Personal Identity.  Knapp, Raymond.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.  Theatre Journal; March, 2008.

Book Review: Through the Screen Door: What Happened to the Broadway Musical When it Went to Hollywood.  Hischak, Thomas S. Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2004.  Theatre Journal, Dec. 2006. 715-716.



International: International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR/FIRT) 15th World Congress New Scholars’ Forum; Helsinki, Finland.  August 7-13, 2006. Paper: “Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins: From American Misfits to Global Phenomena.”


  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE); Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL.  August 11-14, 2011.  Paper: “Gesture and Character in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.” 

  • Symposium on Theatre and Cognition; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.  February 27 – March 1, 2009.  Volunteer and Conference Website Editor.

  • Chekhov: the Second Century; SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY.  April 29-30, 2005.  Paper: “Laughing through Tears: Paradox as a Defining Element in Chekhov’s Three Sisters.”

  • American College Theatre Festival; Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. April 19-23, 2005. Regional award winner, participating in Dramaturgy curriculum and national competition.


  • The Sagacious Stephen Sondheim; Wayne, NJ; February 14-15, 2008.  Paper: “The ‘Intense’ Sweeney: A Cognitive Audience Interpretation of John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd.”

  • Southeastern Theatre Conference Theatre Symposium; Morgantown, West Virginia; April 20-22, 2007.  Paper: “Comedy Tonight and Tomorrow: Audience Reception of Forum as Revival.”

  • Southeastern Theatre Conference; Orlando, FL; March 1-7, 2006.  Panel: “The Proper Care and Feeding of Your TA: A Colloquium for Aspiring and Current Graduate Student Assistants and Professors.”

  • Southeastern Theatre Conference Theatre Symposium; Auburn, Alabama; April 1-3, 2005.  Paper: “Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins and the Wartime Political Climate.”

  • American College Theatre Festival, Region IV; Palm Beach, FL.  February 1-7, 2005.  Dramaturgy winner for Three Sisters.


PhD Dissertation: “My Arm Is Complete”: A Cognitive Approach to Gestural Life in Stephen Sondheim’s Musical Genres. University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Arts, 2012.

Master’s Thesis: Stephen Sondheim as the Modern Wagnerian Tone Artist: the Total Nature of the Concept Musical. University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre, 2005.

Undergraduate Thesis (High Honors): Funny Lady: The Making of a Legend. Smith College Theatre Department, 1999.

Development and Management

HOUSE MANAGER – Artists Upstairs production of American Humbug, Pittsburgh, PA 2006

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT – UCF Conservatory Theatre 2004-05

  • Participated in Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Certificate Program, developing goals, student learning objectives, and assessment possibilities for theatre courses

  • Assisted in graduate and undergraduate program development and evaluation

  • Assisted in the marketing, promotion, and budgeting of the MA and MFA programs

  • Assisted in revising and submitting the 2004-05 Assessment Plan for the MA and MFA programs

LITERARY MANAGER – Theater Resources Unlimited, NY, NY

  • Coordinating the play-reading series

  • Contributing to the development of submission criteria and reading evaluation

  • Organizing and planning play-reading events

Promotional campaign for Newton Learning SES in New York City public schools



Footloose, by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie                                                                       The Aracoma Story, Inc.

Charlotte’s Web, by Joseph Robinette and Charles Strouse                                                       The Aracoma Story, Inc.

The Aracoma Story, by Thomas M. Patterson                                                                              The Aracoma Story, Inc.

Red Riding Hood, by Michael McGill (tour)                                                                                    Missoula Children’s Theatre

Alice in Wonderland, by David W. Simmons (tour)                                                                      Missoula Children’s Theatre

"Scenes of a Funny Lady" (excerpts from Funny Girl), by Isobel Lennert and Jule Styne      Smith College

Mrs. Sorkin, by Christopher Durang                                                                                               Smith College

Tom, by e.e. cummings                                                                                                                     Smith College

The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov (Assistant Director)                                                                    Smith College

Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov (Assistant Director)                                                                  UCF Conservatory Theatre

Picnic, by William Inge (Assistant Director)                                                                                   UCF Conservatory Theatre






Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov                                                                                                    UCF Conservatory Theatre

Once on this Island, by Aherns and Flaherty                                                                                UCF Conservatory Theatre

Picnic, by William Inge                                                                                                                     UCF Conservatory Theatre

The Marriage of Bette and Boo, by Christopher Durang                                                              UCF Conservatory Theatre

Assassins, by Stephen Sondheim                                                                                                   UCF Conservatory Theatre

All in the Timing, by David Ives                                                                                                        UCF Conservatory Theatre




Choreography and Movement Coaching


Tom, by e.e. cummings (choreographer)                                                                                        Smith College

The King Stag, by Carlo Gozzi (movement coach)                                                                          Smith College

Lapin, Lapin, by Coline Serreau (movement coach)                                                                      Smith College

Brevard’s Best Youth Entertainment (guest choreographer)                                                      Melbourne, FL



Audio Description (for blind patrons)


Angels in America: The Millennium Approaches, by Tony Kushner                                            University of Pittsburgh

Perestroika, by Tony Kushner                                                                                                        University of Pittsburgh 




Production Work and Stage Management


Pera Pelas, by Sinan Unel (production assistant – Off Broadway)                                           Lark Theatre Co.,  NY, NY

Falsettoland, by W. Finn and J. Lapine (stage manager)                                                            Smith College





The Birthday of the Infanta (Infanta)                                                    Project Spotlight, UCF Conservatory Theatre

The Woman Who Fell from the Sky (Therapist/Nurse)                        UCF Conservatory Theatre and American College Theatre Festival                                                                                                                   Region IV

Red Riding Hood (Ranger Rooney/Mother Hood/Grandma)            Missoula Children’s Theatre

Alice in Wonderland (White Rabbit)                                                      Missoula Children’s Theatre

Character Performer                                                                             Walt Disney World

The Seagull (servant)                                                                              Smith College

Lapin, Lapin (chorus)                                                                              Smith College

The Fantasticks (The Mute)                                                                    Phoenix Production Co., FL

42nd Street (Lorraine)                                                                            Cocoa Village Playhouse, FL

Jesus Christ, Superstar (chorus dancer)                                               Surfside Playhouse, FL

Can-Can (Marie)                                                                                      Surfside Playhouse

The Sound of Music (Sister Sophie)                                                      Children’s Community Theatre, FL

Nutcracker (dancer)                                                                                Ballet Theatre of Brevard, FL

Romeo and Juliet (dancer)                                                                      Ballet Theatre of Brevard

The Merry Widow (dancer)                                                                     Ballet Theatre of Brevard

Cats (dancer)                                                                                           Ballet Theatre of Brevard

Phantom (dancer)                                                                                   Ballet Theatre of Brevard

Kingdom of Shades, excerpts (dancer)                                                 Ballet Theatre of Brevard

Youth Entertainer (Performances - United Nations Building, NY; Sloane Kettering Cancer Research Center, NY; Dodger Stadium, 

Vero Beach, Fl; Patrick Air Force Base, Cocoa Beach, Florida; Florida State Fair, numerous nursing homes, care centers, and private functions in the Brevard County Area)                                              Brevard’s Best Youth Entertainment




Technical Theatre


Matilda (Wardbobe Swing)                                                                                         Broadway NY, NY

Aladdin (Wardrobe Swing)                                                                                          Broadway NY, NY

If/Then (Wardrobe Day Worker)                                                                                 Broadway NY, NY

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Ensemble Dresser)                                                 Broadway NY, NY

White Christmas (Ensemble Dresser)                                                                         Broadway NY, NY

Phantom of the Opera (Swing Dresser)                                                                     Broadway NY, NY

La Cage Aux Folles (Swing Dresser and Wardrobe Day Worker)                           Broadway NY, NY

South Pacific (Swing Dresser)                                                                                     Broadway NY, NY

Mary Poppins (Wardrobe Day Worker)                                                                      Broadway NY, NY

Hairspray (Swing Dresser)                                                                                           Broadway NY, NY

Les Miserables (Swing Dresser)                                                                                   Broadway NY, NY

Tin Pan Alley Rag (Swing Dresser and Day Worker)                                                Roundabout Theatre, Off B’way, NY, NY

Streamers (Wardrobe Day Worker)                                                                           Roundabout Theatre, Off B’way NY, NY

The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Swing Dresser)                                                       Roundabout Theatre, Off B’way NY, NY

Pig Farm (Wardrobe; Swing Dresser)                                                                        Roundabout Theatre, Off B’way NY, NY

Brundibar/But the Giraffe (Wardrobe; Principal Dresser)                                       New Victory Theatre, Off B’way NY, NY

Two Gentlemen of Verona The Musical (Strike: Electrics)                                         Public Theatre, Off B’way NY, NY

Polynesian Luau (Light Board Operator, Stage Technician)                                   Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

Hoop de Doo Revue (Spot Light Operator)                                                                Walt Disney World

Storytime with Belle (Stage and Sound Technician)                                                 Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom Castle Show (Props)                                                                           Walt Disney World

Flight of Tinkerbell (Timer)                                                                                           Walt Disney World

Numerous On-Site Corporate Industrials (Electrics/Audio Assist)                      Walt Disney World

Oliver (local wardrobe assist)                                                                                     Bob Carr Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando, FL

Hairspray (local wardrobe assist)                                                                               Bob Carr Center

Les Miserables - Broadway Tour (local wardrobe assist)                                        King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne FL

Saturday Night Fever - Broadway Tour (local wardrobe assist)                              King Center

Lord of the Dance (local wardrobe assist)                                                                 King Center

Spirit of the Dance (local wardrobe assist)                                                                King Center

South Pacific (local wardrobe assist)                                                                         King Center

Grease (local wardrobe assist)                                                                                   King Center

Chicago (local wardrobe assist)                                                                                 King Center

Jekyll and Hyde (local wardrobe assist)                                                                     King Center

A Christmas Carol (local wardrobe assist)                                                                 King Center

Sesame Street Live (local wardrobe assist)                                                                King Center

White Oak Dance Company, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov (local wardrobe assist)    King Center

Kiss Me, Kate (local wardrobe assist)                                                                         King Center

Smokey Robinson – concert (local wardrobe assist)                                              King Center

Julio Iglesias – concert (local stagehand)                                                                 King Center

Michael Bolton – concert (local stagehand)                                                            King Center

W.W.E. Wrestling Event (local stagehand)                                                                TD Waterhouse Center, Orlando

IBM convention (local electrics)                                                                                Orange County Convention Center, Orlando

Home Depot Convention (local stagehand)                                                           Convention Center

Avon Convention (local stagehand)                                                                         Convention Center

On-call lighting rental package preparation                                                           Fourth Phase Lighting, Orlando

On-call electrics                                                                                                           Bentley Meeker, NY, NY

Professional Membership (present or past)

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) New York Wardrobe Local 764

Theatre Communications Group (TCG)

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)

American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA)





2010 - present

2010 - present

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