Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day.  The images that might come to mind are cheesy cards from grade school, those chalky-wafer heart candies with flirty or weird sayings (the only thing keeping Necco in business), PDA couples spending way too much money on dinner, cards from your parents, 50% off chocolate at the drug store the next day, bad [...]

The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey: full video

Born out of a silly idea of having very emotional moments with inanimate objects on stage, I wrote and performed my very first solo show, The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey in 2009.  I was fortunate enough to have the very talented, Jen Ellison direct me in this endeavor.  I previewed it on the [...]

An Open Letter to My Single Friends

Dear Lovely Single Pals, I apologize if I've been annoying at all lately.  I haven't been myself.  Well, I've been myself.  But not the myself that I'm--or you--are used to.  I've been the "dating someone....oh, now I'm in a relationship all of a sudden" version of myself.  And I'm not used to this version.  I'd [...]

The Improviser’s Palette

Most improvisers are so afraid of being cliché or "repeating themselves" that they try to avoid archetypes and typical relationships.  Maybe they're thinking, "You've seen one lovers-getting-together scene, you've seen them all."  But these are the stories that audiences crave to see and hear the most.  If this was not the case, nobody would know [...]

I don’t think I’m getting enough respect in this relationship.

So if a Chicago winter is like being punched in the face, then a Chicago summer is like being pinched in the ass.  Just last night as I waited for the train, shivering in my winter hat and scarf, Chicago was definitely punching me in the face.  This Memorial Day, weather forecasters are predicting some [...]