Shortly after graduating, I started a production company with two partners. Integrity Designworks specialized in creating puppets and masks for all types of performance. The company designed and created original work for Broadway's Tony Award-winning production of "Invention of Love," the Broadway tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" and, probably the most challenging production, Wausau Dance Theatre"s "Alice in Wonderland." For this show, Integrity Designworks designed the entire production and even built a 17-foot tall caterpillar puppet.
I also teach and have lectured all over the country. I was invited to China to teach a mask workshop to the students at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing.
After moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I decided to take a break from theatre and explore my personal art. I began working in various mediums, creating small sculptures, sometimes collaborating with other artists. Recently, I discovered my passion for creating jewelry, expressing how energy moves with us and around us. I'm currently designing pieces weaving sculptured wire around gemstones, glass and beads. The work is whimsical, colorful and expresses movement. In a way, these are the themes I've been pursuing my whole lifethrough all the various mediums I've discovered so far.
I have been on an artful journey my whole life. I began creating original clothing for my dolls when my mother taught me to sew at the age of 10. From that moment, I realized that I wanted to create new work and learn new techniques. I continue to have a hunger to learn new techniques and combine them with my vast experiences.
I studied Fibers at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and earned my BFA in Crafts. I freelanced for many years as a costume designer in the Baltimore and Washington areas.
Working with many different artists, I grew to love the collaborative art of theatre and, particularly, the art of puppetry. To further my knowledge, I attended the premier school of puppetry at the University of Conecticut where I received my Master's Degree in Costume Design and Puppetry. And , yes, they actually do grant degrees in Puppetry!