Whether you're an artist or one who appreciates art, a person of faith or a skeptic, an academic or someone with no formal education--you have a place at this table. This conversation is for us all.
Here at Incarnational Activity, building upon in-depth research into the work of other Christian creators, I plan to wrestle with a broad range of topics related to what it may mean to be both an artist and a believer. I also hope to be part of the broader conversation regarding the purpose of art and its place within society and the church. Additionally, I aspire to explore what beauty and art reveals about God and the kingdom.
Now perhaps you'd like to know a little something about me?
I will soon be graduating from Smith College with a degree in theatre directing, religion, and community engagement and social change. I am a Fulbright Scholar and will be teaching English and directing plays in the Czech Republic for all of the coming year. Following that, I will be beginning my Masters of Divinity at Yale University through the Institute of Sacred Music, where I'll continue engaging questions of theology and the arts. I hope you'll excuse me if I say "y'all" and call you "hon," because despite my New England education, my Virginia upbringing still makes itself known occasionally.
I'm what Sarah Bessey calls a "happy-clappy Jesus follower," who loves both ancient liturgy and spontaneous, prophetic songs. I value serious academic study of religion and messy, authentic Christian community. I am ethnically and culturally Jewish, and love to integrate spiritual practices from that heritage into my life as well.
I passionately affirm God's heart of justice and have worked to address human trafficking, poverty, homelessness, the refugee crisis, racial inequality, and gender-based discrimination in the church and beyond. I especially love to talk and write about intersectional feminism and egalitarianism within the Evangelical church. I still have so much to learn, but I'm excited to keep showing up.
I live for rainy days, mountain views, modern folk music, and strong coffee. I spent the most magical 5 months of my life in Prague amongst winding cobblestone paths and bright red roofs. I study Spanish, French, Czech, and Hebrew, though I'm not fluent in any of those languages yet. Honestly though, there is truly nothing I love more than building relationships with others and hearing their stories--perhaps that's part of the reason I love theatre.
As an artist, I primarily work as a theatre director (though I occasionally write plays or act) and I am interested in socially conscious work that tells dynamic stories and has bold aesthetic potential. Directing new work is especially exciting to me, as is working collaboratively to create devised pieces. I also lead applied theatre projects, based primarily upon Boal's techniques, with veteran women suffering from PTSD, those experiencing homelessness, and refugee children. Occasionally I also write prose and poetry and do iphone photography (all photos on this blog are my own).
Art and faith are mysterious, transformative forces, and I believe honest, organic interaction between them will amplify the potency of both. Now's the time to create, receive, and engage the big questions.