"I applied to University Scholars for the chance to approach the creation of my senior thesis in a way that is not so natural for me and also for the opportunity to have multiple faculty members as advisors (Neta Pulvermacher as my USP mentor and Dr. Joan Frosch as my thesis advisor). I hope to learn more about the artistic questions I seem to ask each time I make a piece. A goal for this academic year is to get as much as I can out of the classes I take, the people I meet, and the projects I am able to be a part of."
Modern Dance Performance Audience Function Improvisation Structures
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Jim Richardson Memorial Scholarship (2011)
- Anderson Scholar with Highest Distinction (2010)
- Ingraham Scholarship (2009)
- Dean's List (2008-Present)
- President's Honor Roll
- Elizabeth B. Faris Scholarship (2008)
- American Dance Festival Full Scholarship (2010-2011)
- Dance in a Suitcase
- School of Theatre and Dance Student Advisory Board
- College of Fine Arts Student Advisory Board
- Group Dance Department Faculty Search Committee (2011)
Hobbies and Interests
- Dancing, doing puzzles, making things, cooking, reading, performance, bad reality television, and arts administration.
Intimate Performance: A Study of Situation, Space, and Reaction
My ideas usually stem from an interest in trying to understand the function of an audience. I see performance as an opportunity to challenge and blur the lines between both the viewer and the viewed. I strive to create work that resonates with individual people in an experiential sense. This project, as I understand it at this time, will culminate in the actualization of an evening-length happening which may be performed for as little as one person at a time. Ideally, the performance of a cast of three to four will serve as a period of reflection for that single person to learn about their own instincts, reactions, and thought patterns. Research for this project has included an immersive 6-week vocal exploration workshop and numerous readings on various areas of performance.