Latest News/Ongoing Projects
Moving the Elephant
June 23, 2017
As I travel for work, I’ve notice how few elephants I encounter.  Now, in truth, there are no elephants in Samoa (where I am currently working). In fact, there are no elephants in most of the overseas places where I have worked, except India where, for the most part, the elephants are an invitation to ride, feed, be blessed by or be petted. 
The Delicious Danger of Devising
June 18, 2017
Devising develops plays. Devising develops artists. In addition, this process of generating material through improvisation enticingly offers insight into people and places even as the experience encourages an artistic freedom that can be, well, deliciously dangerous.  A young performer said to me just yesterday, “This is my first time to do this way.  I like that it’s my ideas.”
The Hidden Joy of Artistic Discovery
June 12, 2017
I enjoy celebrating my professional colleagues' successes. I have to say, truthfully, that I am so much more engaged by the authentic discovery of personal artistry by the young and the novice.  Small, undocumented moments when an individual suddenly realizes their creative power or, more precisely, power over their own creativity. 
May 6, 2017
Several times when I have stopped by local stories or visited the McDonald’s drive-thru (Yes, I gave in and visited the golden arches here in Samoa), I either lost or gained a penny.
The Ask and the Tell
May 6, 2017
To complete my trilogy of blogs from American Samoa, I start with a slight unfortunate incident. In preparation for the final rehearsal on my final day, I implored the students to be timely, as we would have just about an hour to run through our devised play before one actor had to return to class. Quite wonderfully they were all true to the promise, although one young woman approached me with an air of deference, which suggested a problem. She apologized and asked if it would be okay for her to leave early as she had received a call that her daughter was sick.
Wheel. Of. Fortune. (Crowd cheers)
May 6, 2017
Within my first week in American Samoa, two separate moments came together in a lovely reminder of why I wander the pathways I do.  
Time and Experience: a tale of two
August 14, 2016
Time and Experience dated for a while. Time felt it was the right Experience for him. Experience felt it was the right Time for her. But sadly there was never enough Time for Experience and Experience always seemed to take too much Time.
Humility as a First Step
August 5, 2016
Twenty-five years ago I first ventured to the Marshall Islands. In that one week, I felt as if I were doing nothing. My host said, ‘you’re getting to know the place for when you return.’ While I was thinking, what expertise do I bring for them? She was thinking, how do we prepare for an engaging future collaboration? She, unfortunately, passed away several years following that first moment together, but the collaborative spirit has continued for 25 years mostly, I believe, because of that first step.
Mumbai Mania
January 9, 2016
Even though your flight may be on time, over Mumbai they make your plane circle the airport several times.  So you're late. After the aerial tour of the airport, you end up in line for the bus to the international terminal.  You wait, then follow a clueless line of passengers to a bus, where you line up.
January 6, 2016
In a place where monkeys roam about and cows wandered unharmed, how can you not feel charmed by and a bit reflective on human nature? The cows are taken for granted, generally, noticed only when one needs to avoid hitting one.