Though I've been asked this question many times I think I'm still a little too young to know who I am as a director and what my "style" is. What I do know is this:
I don't conform to a lot of "traditional' theatrical rules. I like to make my own rules instead. I believe that what makes pieces relevant to the modern-day, is the idea that people can come and go but the story is still relevant. When casting I am always looking for a new lens to view the piece and someone who will represent the world today, because at the end of the day representation matters. I believe that theatre has the power to change and inspire, therefore I direct pieces of theatre that open up new dialogue and bring forward unheard stories from those in marginalized communities. Uplifting Queer theatre means so much to me. In all the pieces I direct I look for the joy and the optimism within the tragedy. I personally have reshaped how I view the world, seeking out joy always, and that is a critical piece of the puzzle in how I direct.
For many COVID was a time to slow down, but I started to speed up. In the span of a year during the height of the pandemic, I was grateful to have directed four projects. amongst my classmates at school, I saw a need for more projects as we saw cancellations of shows and fewer opportunities than usual. There was a need for storytelling, and there was an even stronger need to redefine how we tell those stories. During the last 2 years I have grown exponentially as a director and artist and I am so eager to share with the world new stories and a new way of seeing the world around us.