i am a stage director of opera & concert theater based in LA. i came to the idea of directing opera after studying experimental theater in college & playing in nightclubs as a musician for more than a decade. gradually i saw that opera was the synthesis of everything i loved: composing stage pictures, complex music, projects epic in scope & scale.

--+ i recently spent a month in Knoxville at the longhaven artist residency with choreographer daeun jung & composer daniel corral.

--+ this month, i premiere everything rises at the 2022 BAM Next Wave Festival, with Jennifer Koh & Davóne Tines; music by ken ueno.

in march ‘23, i  associate-direct proximity at lyric opera of chicago, with libretto by anna deavere smith, music by daniel bernard-roumain, caroline shaw & john luther adams; directed by yuval sharon.

opera | concert theater

popular music

before pivoting to opera, i worked as the songwriter, choreographer, guitarist & lead singer of brooklyn-based punk-funk band trick and the heartstrings, & LA disco ensemble yellow alex. i collaborated with grammy winning producer paul epworth (adele, florence + the machine) & had song placements in indie films, ABC TV and the iTunes worldwide playlist. my last record, house of discipline, received over a year of airplay on LA’s KCRW.

prisoner of fashion    /    house of discipline

body & voice

i sometimes perform in my own {& other folks’} work as a guitarist, singer, reciter & pantomime.

as a bandleader, i frequently choreograph movement for musicians.

other words

art does not organize parties, nor is it the servant or colleague of power. rather, the work of art becomes a political force simply through the faithful representation of the spirit. it is a political act to create an image of the self or of the collective.

[lewis hyde]

i can wait, as an insect can wait. i am somebody who is waiting all my life. this is very important to wait & to know how to wait & not be bored to wait. you're annoyed, maybe, to wait too long, you know? but i am waiting.

[igor stravinsky]

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