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As a young adult, I had a strong interest in writing, literature, theatre, mythology, chemistry, and algebra. In following my interests, I graduated in May 2008 from Mount Holyoke College, the first of the Seven Sister Colleges, with a double-major B.A. (Magna) in Computer Science and Theatre Arts.

For four summers, I worked first as an intern, and later as a research assistant and IS Professional, at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center in Fairbanks, AK, USA. I worked initially on Multisearch, a form of Grid Information Retrieval, and then later on a monolithic information retrieval system that used the Gigaword collection and n-grams to process an enormous data collection on supercomputers, focusing on threading for maximum processing across nodes.

As a theatre artist, I focused on directing and dramaturgy. I directed six plays during my college education, including Shakespeare's Macbeth, Jarry's Ubu Roi, and Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. I dramaturged five shows, including Wolfe's The Colored Museum and Churchill's Far Away. The year after I graduated, I worked as a Company Manager at The Public Theatre in Lewiston/Auburn, ME, taking on various roles during the rehearsal process for the season. Starting in November 2009, I started at Burning Coal Theatre Company, located in Raleigh, NC, where I am still currently working as the Associate Artistic Director.

For all four years in college, I taught a January Term course on Web Design and Web Site Maintenance, covering materials from XHTML and CSS to copyright materials. Most of my jobs in college were web based worked, and I now sometimes work designing personal or commercial web sites. I currently work at the Alliance of Disability Advocates in Raleigh, NC as the webmaster.

In my spare time, I have always pursued visual arts and writing. As a young person, I developed an interest in mythology, and to this day I find inspiration from myth and mythic art. As a dramaturg, I had to work with layout and design for various paper media, such as brochures, posters, advertisements, and lobby displays. Web design honed my skills as a visual artist of complete, complex work that consists of smaller pieces that complement each other. Theatre collaboration helped me experience the shared aspect of art, and computer programming and digital work helped me experience the individual aspect of art.

I find mathematics and art very similar entities; both are creations of humankind and both are not fully defined or understood in their potential. The two together help visualize the sciences, such as the structures of chemical compounds, the shape of DNA, and the trajectory of a moving object in Physics. Object oriented programming also requires a combination of art and math, making them integral in computer programming and abstract thinking. My work relies on the strength of the bond between math and art and draws from the wells of mythology and scientific research.



  • Acrylic Ink
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Charcoal
  • Colored Pencil
  • Digital - Photoshop, InDesign
  • Ink
  • Oil Pastel
  • Pastel
  • Sketching Pencil
  • Watercolor Pencil
  • Watercolor Paint

I use high-quality materials for many of my fully mounted works, especially in terms of canvas/paper and pigment.

However, I also work with scrap or salvaged materials, including rejected paint pigments, pastel "nubs" and "nibbles," and scrap wood from other projects. I also enjoy working with reusable materials or finding new usages for garbage-bin items, such as pencil shavings, plastic soda rings, non-working wires, broken equipment parts, and even holiday decorations.


  • Layout & Design for Paper Media
  • Basic Carpentry and Electrical
  • Expert Computer Programming and Design
  • Expert Mathematical Calculations
  • Expert Mathematical Proofs, especially Geometry
  • Expert Information Retrieval Technology (Search Engine Technology) and Data Mining

Software and Engineering Tool Experience:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Breadboard Circuits
  • Jig Saw
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver (although I prefer Notepad/handcoded web design)
  • Soldering Iron
  • Table Saw

Experience and Education in Mathematics, the Sciences, and Technology

  • B.A. (Magna) in Computer Science from Mount Holyoke College
  • Algebra (Advanced)
  • Anatomy (Advanced)
  • Biology (Intermediate)
  • Calculus and Trigonometry (Advanced)
  • Chemistry (Basic)
  • Computer Circuits (Advanced)
  • Discrete Mathematics (Advanced)
  • Geometry (Advanced)
  • Neuroscience (Intermediate)
  • Physics (Intermediate)

Experience and Education in the Arts and Humanities

  • B.A. (Magna) in Theatre Arts from Mount Holyoke College
  • Directing (Professional)
  • Dramaturgy (Semi-professional)
  • History of Visual and Performance Art
  • Mythology - World, Comparative (Research for over 12 years)
  • Painting (Experimental)
  • Pastel / Charcoal (Experimental)
  • Philosophy of Aesthetics, Staging Theory
  • Props Design (Professional)
  • Sketching from Nature (Advanced)
  • Stage Management (Professional)
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