photo by Tammy Shell

As a young child I would gaze in awe of my grandmother and the village elders of the rich fertile farmlands of Nandi Hills, Kenya as they spun stories of the great legends and fools of our tribe, and while I understood little of their tales and the language they spoke, Kalenjin, I was utterly consumed by the musicality of their voices with its sudden peaks and drops in volume, their bold majestic gestures and expressive faces dimly light by the coal fire that was set behind them.

 I did not know that in observing these stories a seed had been planted in my being-a love of storytelling; the very root of theater and performance. This seed would continue to grow and blossom in my years while being nurtured by my parent’s educators and others  that I have encountered throughout my life.

In In May 2013, planning only for a short two week trip, I took a leap from South Africa to the city of Pittsburgh as a guest director commissioned by the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. I have spent the years that followed in the USA working in the theater industry as theater maker & arts administrator, most notably at the Public Theater and The New Group in New York City.

As an interdisciplinary artist, producer and arts administrator; my role is to serve as a creative leader in a collaborative artistic process. I commit to creating  the optimum conditions for the development and or deepening of an artistic project.  My leadership role is therefore fine tuned to the needs and constraints of each endeavor.

My commitment to working with an open heart at the intersection of humanitarianism and performance coupled with my deep fascination for developing rich interdisciplinary work has seen artistic collaborations with a wide array  of individuals including dancers, visual artists, hair-braiders, refugees, and dancers among many more.