I bring a varied work history to bear in all that do, and find that each experience has taught me something valuable. I was a writer and editor at a weekly business magazine, where I learned layout software and the value of a tight deadline. I have been an art teacher, a photography teacher, and a reading teacher—nothing will hone clarity of language and tone more than working with kids. I have done admin work, managed 1,000-page websites, built WordPress sites, designed logos, posters, and brochures for a variety of contracted clients. In between my regular gigs, I have temped everywhere from massive public relations firms to real estate offices and software companies. I hit the ground running, learn fast, and get the job done. I am well suited to freelance project work, and I love the variety and problem-solving that comes along with it.
My husband John and I are raising two teens in Petaluma, California, where they participate in local theater. We moved here in 2008, my kids (and my marriage) were actually born in Chicago. They can’t imagine living anywhere else, and I can’t imagine going back to the snow or the humidity. We’re home now.
In 2012 John and I stepped into the thriving parent-run performing arts program at the kids’ elementary school, due to the enthusiasm and talent of our kids and the community. John directed the fall show—featuring 4th, 5th and 6th graders—while I joined the production team for both fall and spring shows. I also wrote a few of the scripts: blatant thievery mashing up classic movies, current pop culture, and references only children of the ’80s understand. Those four years were a pinnacle of our lives, and may lead to more school-based performing arts and maybe even more playwriting.