It was an Introduction to Theatre and the Arts course my sophomore year at Seattle University that changed my career and passion trajectory forever. I was into drama in my middle school years. During high school, however, my goal was to get into college to become a clinical psychologist, and thus when I did have the opportunity to take an elective (which was rare) I took Physiology. After the introductory course at Seattle U, I changed my major to Drama. I quickly realized during my BA program that while acting was my chosen focus, I thoroughly enjoyed all components of the great collaborative art known as theatre. After graduation, I worked in the theatre for 10 years in a multitude of these roles. I continued to take acting roles in theatre, and also had a stint in plus-modeling. I began a career in theatre administration alongside many other roles, starting as a Box-Office Assistant in 1998 and completing the theatre management journey as the Director of Operations/Theatre Manager of the East County Performing Arts Center, a 1,232 seat performing arts complex in 2010. It was in the final years of my position here that I decided I wanted to pursue graduate education.
Why? I missed the classroom.
I was accepted into the MA Theatre program at San Diego State University. During my two years at SDSU, I reinvigorated my interest in theatre production. I worked as assistant director and dramaturg on an undergraduate production on campus, as well as several productions for the San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre. I even had the opportunity to teach undergraduate students how to bellydance and we performed for the public.
After my MA program, I began the joint PhD program in Theatre at UC San Diego and UC Irvine. During my time in the program, I had the opportunity to co-direct an undergraduate show with Professor Jim Carmody, dramaturg two shows, teach for six years, work in numerous service positions, and act as the Promotions Manager for the department. Needless to say, as a first-generation college student, that graduated from a high school where only 10% of the student base meets the minimum requirements to apply to college, theatre changed my life forever.
When I am not teaching, writing, directing, or researching you might find me painting, dancing, deciding on a Halloween costume, at a Renaissance Faire, or spending time with my husband, two children, dog, and two cats.