I am an Assistant Professor of acting & directing at Vanderbilt University. As an artist-scholar, I am committed to fostering the growth of each student’s distinct voice while diversifying the classroom to incorporate voices from historically marginalized groups. My training in varying approaches from the Atlantic Theatre Company to the Actors Studio Drama School has shaped my own technique as an actor and director, which also benefits my students in accessing their own artistic autonomy within a given context. As such, I understand the theatre as a collaborative space for artists to critically consider the symbiotic relationship between theatre and society. Excavating lost narratives from the Black Arts Movement developed as a result of my doctoral studies at Tufts University. My current book project is on Ernie McClintock (1937-2003), a prolific director, producer, and educator of the Black Theater Movement who pioneered a genre of actor training known as Jazz Acting.