I am a Black, Filipinx, plus-sized, gender non-conforming, queer artist of color. My work employs the lens of history to chip away at the cultural biases that divide rather than unite us. I've been humbled to receive the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award, a nod on the Kilroys List, and the Fire This Time Festival Alumni Spotlight. While honing my storytelling methods at Princeton University, Middlebury College, and Northwestern University, I ascribed to the belief that the theatre is a holy 'seeing place' wherein we can envision worlds different and more inclusive than our own. If we can dream it in the theatre, we can build it in the world.
My plays have been seen on Broadway at Circle in the Square (Circle Reading Series); Off/Off-Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, New Group, American Theatre of Actors, Flea Theatre, and Access Theater; and regionally at McCarter Theatre, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, EST/LA, Son of Semele, and Skylight Theatre. My work has been named finalist of the Geffen Playhouse Writers Room, BRIC Lab Residency, Lark Playwrights Week, and Screencraft Play Award, judged by David Lindsay-Abaire. I have been a semi-finalist for the Jerome Fellowship, Many Voices Fellowship, and Shonda Rhimes Unsung Voices Fellowship. Currently, I am a proud member Page 73's Interstate 73 Writers Group and an alumnus of The Fire This Time Festival.
On the strength of my theatre work, I've ventured into film, television, and streaming media. My play Lavender Men inspired the short film TAFFETA, now in post production. My play The White Dress, dubbed “a genderqueer coming-of-age drama for the they/them generation” is now in development as a feature film. My queer Civil War short play Softer spawned a short film which premiered at Outshine Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival. It is now streaming on Revry TV.
In our challenging times, I ventured into virtual storytelling opportunities, including features in Dixon Place, Theatre Rhinoceros, Echo Theatre Company, Theatre Without Theatre, Two Headed Rep's Contagious Closet Plays, Shrunken Shakespeare's Solos in Solidarity, and the 24 Hour Plays, where my monologue "Nadine" was premiered by legendary Wayne Brady subsequently performed by other actor/influencers, collectively earning over 20K views on social media. Additionally, I partnered with Lucille Lortel-nominated actress L. Morgan Lee from the Pulitzer-winning A Strange Loop to develop "From Kaya," a monologue based upon conversations with Kaya Goings, a formerly incarcerated trans woman of color.
Currently, I'm working on theatre commissions with Leviathan Lab, Coeurage Theatre Company, and Celebration Theatre. And I'm the co-host of Sister Roger's Gayborhood with Lovell Holder, our new podcast (now in Season 2) where we discuss queer folx's rises to personal and professional success, and the communities who inspired them along the way.
MFA, Writing for Screen + Stage
BA, English and Theatre