verb form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create.
verb accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of. to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something
verb pretend; imagine.
What exactly is a professional make believer? Well, quite simply – I like to tell stories and play pretend. And I especially love playing with others. I believe in the power of stories. Their ability to provoke, engage, entertain, and connect.
Like most theatre folks, I began as an actor but found I also loved being in charge and found immense joy in directing and producing. I’m most passionate about new writing and devised work, but I also love reinterpreting the classics. I love playing pretend so much that I even have two degrees in it: one from the University of Southern California (a BA in theatre and minor in Cinema) and another from Queen Mary, University of London (an MA in Theatre and Performance). I also taught Contemporary Theatre at USC for 2 years – focusing on current methodologies that interrogate “why theatre?”
Playing make believe is how I make sense of the world around me. It’s also fun. So how about it? Let’s play.