My unusual masters’ degree, in Theology and the Arts from Andover Newton Theological School has allowed me to look at theater through a fresh lens by delving into the study of ritual and community life. My community-based work inspired these studies, and in turn, has grown as a result of them. (To find out more about my community-based theater work, click here.) After graduating from Andover Newton, I served as an Artist-in-Residence on the ANTS campus, taught graduate courses and workshops, blending theater techniques for voice, body and text with the study of worship, at ANTS, Vanderbilt University, Bangor Theological Seminary, and led numerous workshops for a wide variety of groups, teaching theater techniques to those in various kinds of ministerial positions as well as students of ministry. (To contact me about teaching and workshops, click here.)

 

ARTS & THEOLOGY experience

 

EDUCATION

 Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, MA - 2001

      M.A. Theology and the Arts, cum laude

      Primary focus: Theater and Ritual

 

TEACHING

Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago, IL (2014, 2015)

Intensive course for graduate students: Bringing Text Alive. 

See description here.

Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, MA (Summers, 2009 & 2010)

Adjunct Summer Faculty/Workshop Leader/Panelist,

Summer Institute for Arts and Worship

Bringing Text Alive, workshops exploring text and voice.

Bangor Theological School, Bangor and Portland, ME (2004 – 2005)

Adjunct Instructor - Bringing Text Alive, Voicing the Spirit, graduate courses in voice and theater for ministry.

Andover Newton Theological School, Newton MA (2002 – 2003)

Artist in Residence

A year-long residency dedicated to incorporating arts into the seminary curriculum, engaging students in creative collaboration and encouraging active, rigorous exploration of the terrain where theatre and worship meet.

  • Developed and taught graduate courses for the Worship, Theology and Arts Department: Theatre Making: Practice, Risk and Transformation, Reading in Worship: The Word Out Loud, and Bringing Text Alive.
  • Directed readings, performances and workshops, including a full-scale production of Metamorphoses utilizing a company of seminary students as cast and crew.
  • Advised and coached students on vocal delivery and performance for their work as worship leaders.
  • Actively contributed to weekly chapel services, explored the dynamics and elements of worship, and worked in tandem with faculty, staff and students.
  • Performance consultant for Orientation and Commencement.
  • Hosted coffee houses, and an art show, where students, faculty and staff were invited to share their creative work.

Andover Newton Theological School (1999-2002)

Instructor and Workshop Leader

  • Taught graduate courses focusing on text and vocal interpretation.
  • Served as Artist-in-Residence for the nationally recognized Summer Institute for Theology & the Arts.

Led workshops for the Faith, Health and Spirituality Summer Institute, and the Faith Youth Institute. 

WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES

First Baptist Church, Newton Centre, MA

Workshop Leader/Director

Guided students to write, rehearse and perform a modern play adaptation of the story of the prodigal son.

The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA

Long-term Consultant/Guest Preacher

Guided clergy and lay leaders through a process of exploration and experimentation, weaving the arts into intergenerational worship/ritual.

 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, New England Synod

Workshop Leader - Led Out Loud: Exploring Voice and Storytelling, for Women in Ministry retreats at St. Edmund’s Retreat Center, CT

Catholic Church, New England congregations

Workshop Leader - Led Bringing Scriptures to Life, a full day intensive retreat for clergy and lay lectors, at LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro, MA

 

The Center for Progressive Christianity

Risking Art, Risking Faith – National Conference, Cambridge, MA

Workshop Leader - Led Pay Attention: Skills of Authentic Performance, for clergy, students, and lay leaders.

The New Massachusetts Universalist Convention Annual Meeting, Medford, MA

Workshop Leader - Led Bringing Text Alive for clergy and lay leaders.

 

New England Unitarian Universalist Conference, Cape Cod, MA

Workshop Leader - Led Voicing the Spirit for clergy and church members.

 

The Society of Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture, New York, NY

Discussion Facilitator - Symposium on Arts and Religion.

 

Boston Theological Institute, Boston, MA

Panelist - Public Forum on Art and Faith.

 

Union Church, Parsonsfield, ME

Guest Liturgist and Preacher

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Recipient Society for the Arts in Religions and Theological Studies Luce Fellowship 2012-2013 for THE LIVING NEWS: SHELTER, a new theater piece examining homelessness in Chicago.

Member/Director, Society for Arts, Religion & Contemporary Culture, New York (3 years)

Recipient Andover Newton Artists Grant for TEA: A Performance Project

Recipient Andover Newton Travel Grant for ritual/theater project: Easter in Sicily

Awarded Citizen of the Month by the Portland Mayor and City Council

2010 Columbia College Chicago Faculty Award: Contribution to First Year Experience

2008 Columbia College Chicago Faculty Development Grant: HOME, a theater piece

2010 Recipient Columbia College Chicago Faculty Development Grant, for collaboration with playwright Lisa Schlesinger on her new play, Celestial Bodies.