My family moved to Kazakhstan in the early 90’s to help facilitate cultural exchange between the U.S. and the former Soviet Republics. I spent seventeen years in Central Asia before returning to the U.S. to pursue training as a theatre artist. I see performance as one of the fundamental tools for building intercultural empathy. At the heart of my work, I want to challenge artists and audiences the same way my parents worked in Kazakhstan.
My art endeavors to expand the scope of onstage programming to include a wider range of stories and more interdisciplinary elements. Sometimes this looks like an actor-driven escape room about data privacy. Other times this looks like a solo play about border crossings during the Kyrgyz Revolution of 2010. I look for collaborations to make dynamic, unexpected stories that expand boundaries and challenge preconceptions.
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