I am a Black, Filipinx, plus-sized, gender non-conforming, queer artist of color. In 2020, I received the 2020 Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award for achievement in playwriting, following in the footsteps of lauded LGBTQIA+ theatre writers like Billy Porter, Robert Patrick, Michael Kearns, and Tom Jacobson. I've honed his writing skills while earning degrees from Princeton University, Middlebury College, and Northwestern University. My work often uses the lens of history to challenge and inspire audiences to chip away at the cultural biases that divide rather than unite us. I create work that affirms and gives voice to the silenced through the ritual of performance. I believe 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 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 of the Echo Theatre Company and Skylight Theatre Company writer labs.
On the strength of my theatre work, I've ventured into film, television, and streaming media. 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 being adapted for television and audio storytelling.
Recently, I've ventured into virtual storytelling opportunities, including features in 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.
MFA, Writing for Screen + Stage
BA, English and Theatre