I am a non-profit executive, public art programmer, muralist, and sometimes actress with a focus on community-based arts initiatives in Chicago. My background started in theatre: after growing up with the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston, I earned my BFA at NYU-Tisch and acted in New York for 5 years. After returning to Chicago to pursue my MA in Performance Studies at Northwestern University, I eventually transitioned from theatre to arts education and visual arts.
As an artist, my passion has been leading murals in schools and community spaces. Since 2004, I have created more than two dozen large-scale works for public spaces, schools, playgrounds, and community centers. Many mural projects are collaborations with my husband, artist Dustin Harris; together we paint murals together as Mix Masters Murals -- check us out for a full portfolio of projects.
I have founded, managed and taught youth programs with Columbia College Chicago, Urban Gateways, City of Evanston, Chicago Humanities Festival, After School Matters, and Lifeline Theatre. As of 2019, I am the Executive Director with Art Encounter, where I also oversee the organization and run our Evanston Mural Arts Program with Dustin Harris. In mid-life, I have also returned to acting, and am open to where that takes me at this time in my life.