CV

Professional muse with 15-year history of:

  • Helping people and companies get in alignment with their values to create authentic, consistent, resonant brand voices and contagious cultures
  • Creating compelling, on-brand content (written and audio) that inspires and empowers
  • Attracting passionate niche communities

Education

Honors and Awards

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience

Publications and Presentations

Skills and Certifications

Service

Education

PhD University of California, Santa Barbara; Dramatic Art 2006

Dissertation: “Playing on the Edge: Performance, Youth Culture, and the U.S. Carnivalesque”; Committee: Leo Cabranes-Grant (chair), Catherine Cole, Naomi Iizuka

MA UCSB, Dramatic Art 2003

Thesis: “Relexification in Translation: Queen Samoko, The Grand,” an English adaptation of La Grand Samoko by Anoma Kanié (Côte d’Ivoire), and critical introduction; Advisor: Catherine Cole

BA University of Puget Sound, Theatre Arts / French (double major) 1998

Honors and Awards

Regent’s Special Fellowship, UCSB 2001-2006: Full-ride scholarship to pursue MA/PhD in Dramatic Arts

Dorothy & Sherrill Corwin Award, UCSB 2005: Playwriting Award for Left

Graduate Division Central Fellowship, UCSB 2003: Research grant to visit West Africa (Burkina Faso) and continue my work in Theatre for Development with the ATB

Fulbright Scholarship, Fulbright Foundation 1999; Trained and performed with local theatre and dance troupes across Francophone West Africa

Michael Madden Research Award, University of Puget Sound 1998; Awarded for outstanding academic research in Theatre Arts

Marcel Martin Scholarship Award 1998; A rare honor, not awarded annually, only when a student shows exceptional aptitude and merit in French dramatic literature

Professional Experience

Chief Inspiration Officer That’s Aloud: 2019-present

  • Empowering people to free their authentic voice and live out loud
  • Helping entrepreneurs and solopreneurs nail their niche and hone an authentic brand voice
  • Creating aligned, on-brand content, both written and audio, to deliver that voice to the right audience

Community Architect, Localiting: 2019

  • Architect of Localiting’s community outreach and content strategies
  • Creator of all copy and original content, as well as curator of all user-contributed content
  • Moderator, advice columnist, and general community liaison
  • Social media maven, evangelist, and spokesperson

Executive Assistant, Qualtrics: 2018-2019

  • Provided executive-level support (calendaring, travel, communications) to both Julie Larson-Green, CXO, and Webb Stevens, Head of Product, keeping them prioritized and effective through the SAP acquisition and beyond
  • Planned all on-site and off-site meetings and accompanying activities for the CX and EX teams, improving team cohesion and alignment
  • Co-led the Working Parents committee to improve quality of life for Q parents

Community Outreach Coordinator for PlayFab, Microsoft: 2018

  • Attracted and empowered a passionate game developer community with fierce brand loyalty to PlayFab via branded content, conference presence management, and outreach events such as LiveOps Academy (my brainchild).

Executive Administrator, PlayFab: 2014-2018

  • Co-created and maintained an aligned, authentic, positive company culture
  • Directly contributed to the securing of Series A funding and successful sale of the company to Microsoft via support of CEO, effective brand management, positive external relations, strategic communications, and team cohesion

Founder & Marketing Director, The Attractive Arts: 2009-2014

  • Improved verbal and non-verbal communication skills of hundreds of socially awkward Seattlites, particularly those on the autism scale, and helped them navigate their personal and romantic relationships from meetup to marriage
  • Crafted integrated digital campaign based on market research / social channel analysis; successfully carried out via a dynamic online persona: Ava Maven, Dating Coach. 

Research, Editorial & Translation Assistant, UC Santa Barbara: 2001-2006

  • Enabled early or on-time publication of three books in three different departments, each with multiple authors and two in multiple languages
  • Solved a major hassle and PR nightmare for the university (the annual I.V. Halloween celebration) via research and communication with police, students, and administrators. 

Grants Writer, Badlands Resource, Conservation, and Development: 2000-2001

  • Wrote successful, high-funding grants in: education (after school program, new playground, and an additional school building), technology (new computer lab), crime-prevention (“Weed & Seed” program), health (nutritional assistance for children), and economic development (for Native American ranchers). 

Teaching Experience

At UCSB

Instructor, Introduction to Acting, Dept. of Dramatic Art , 2003-2005

Producer-Instructor, I.V. Live, 2005; a weekly live performance series co-sponsored by several UCSB sources; produced  show and trained students in production work

Teaching assistant: UCSB Summer Theater Lab, Dept. of Dramatic Art 2006; Public Speaking, Dept. of Dramatic Art 2005; Appreciation of Theatre, Dept. of Dramatic Art 2002-2003; Negritude Literature, Dept. of Black Studies 2002; Renaissance Comedy, Dept. of French and Italian 2001

Outside UCSB

Teaching Artist

SecondStory Repertory Theater, Redmond WA 2007-2009

Seattle Public Theater, Seattle  2006-2008

Acting Instructor (Meisner technique, dialects)

Northwest Actor’s Studio conservatory, Seattle 2007

Director/Choreographer

Give My Regards to Broadway, Squak Valley Players 2007

Treasure Island, Squak Valley Players 2007

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Hazel Wolf 2006

Dialect Coach

Multiple venues, including English coaching for Tang Wei (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tang_Wei) for Late Autumn 2005-2011

Instructor, Improvisational Theatre 

Lakota Sioux and Euro-American youth program, Eagle Butte, SD 1999

Martin, SD 2000 

Publications and Presentations

Articles

“Let Us Be United In Purpose: Variations on Gender Relations in the Yorùbá Popular Theatre,” in Africa After Gender? edited by Catherine Cole, Stephen Miescher and Takyiwaa Manuh:108-124 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007).

 “The Party Your Parents Warned You About: Halloween in Isla Vista,” Living feature, The Santa Barbara Independent, Oct. 27, 2005.

Plays authored  

Translation of No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre, staged reading at UCSB, fall 2005

Left, staged reading at UCSB, winter 2005

From the Back, directed by Tiffany Brown, UCSB Monologue Festival, fall 2004

Spark, directed by Jim Al-Shamma, UCSB New Plays Festival, spring 2003

Blackberries, directed by Tovah Suttle, UCSB Monologue Festival, fall 2003

Queen Samoko, The Grand (my English adaptation of La Grande Samoko by Anoma Kanié of Côte d’Ivoire)

Un Saxo Joue Dans l’Obscurité, directed by Roland Chidas and performed by Nomadnesse Theatre Company (Senegal), Senegal, 2000 

La Femme d’Aristote, directed by Vict Ngoma and performed by Nzonzi troupe (Congo), Senegal, 2000

Conference presentations

“Defense Against the Jerk Arts: Dealing with Difficult Executives” at the Administrative Professionals Conference, Las Vegas, September 2017

Emcee, Panel Hostess, and presenter of “Saying Yes to Saying No” at the Experience Leadership Forum, Seattle, September 2016

“Fighting for their right to party? Performing Resistance at Halloween in Isla Vista and Mardi Gras 2006,” Performance Studies International #12, Queen Mary’s College, London, June 2006

“The Party at the End of the World: Restriction and Performance at Halloween in Isla Vista,” University of Southern California 18th Annual AEGS Interdisciplinary Conference: Parties/Shared Space, April 2005

“Sleazy Beauty and Pimp Charming: the Grotesque Realism of the College Crowd,” 2nd Annual Graduate Student Conference for the Consortium for Literature, Theory, and Culture, UCSB, May 2004

Invited lectures

 “Theater for Development in Africa,” Dramatic Arts166 (African Theater and Performance), Professor Catherine Cole, UCSB, spring 2003 and winter 2005

“Childhood’s Funeral: Halloween in Isla Vista,” Dramatic Arts 1 (Introduction to the Theatrical Experience), Professor W. Davies King, fall 2004

“Childhood’s Funeral: Halloween in Isla Vista,” Dramatic Arts 60, Professor Marc E. Shaw, fall 2004

“Childhood’s Funeral: Halloween in Isla Vista,” English as a Second Language, Professor Roberta Gilman, fall 2004

“African Theatre and Performance,”* Dramatic Arts 60 (Appreciation of Theatre), Professor Claire Conceison, fall 2003 

Skills and Certifications

Languages

English: Native Language

French: Full professional fluency

Skill Set

Hard Skills: Wix, WordPress, SEO, SMM, G-Suite, Microsoft Office Suite

Soft Skills:  Creative writer/performer, seasoned storyteller and public speaker, celebrated researcher and academic writer, innovative brand developer, highly adaptive and fast learner, stellar social skills, flair for hospitality, impeccable spelling and grammar, and superior time management

Training

Actorscraft, Seattle 1998

Intensive nine month actor training program in Sanford Meisner method with Larry Silverberg

L’Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France 1997

French language coursework and performances with international theatre and dance troupe “Les Grenouilles.”   

L’Université de Génève, Geneva, Switzerland 1994

Intensive French language certification program

Service

Committee chair, Working Parents at Qualtrics, 2018

Seattle Chapter Leader, Executive Assistants’ Organization (EAO), 2015

Board Member, Vita Arts, 2010

Committee co-chair “Playing French” festival, Seattle, 2007

Graduate Student Representative: Dramatic Arts faculty, 2002-2003; Isla Vista Action Group, 2003-2005

Co-producer, “In the House” – monthly venue for local artists to workshop works in progress, 2002-2003

Board Member, Dramatic Women, Santa Barbara, 2002