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Lost and Found
Premier: Center for Independent Artists (CIA), Minneapolis, MN, April 2005. Frinj of the Frinj Festival at CIA, August 7, 2005.  Whole Art Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI, October 29, 2005.  Alleyway Theatre, Buffalo, NY, March 2, 2006.  The Play Ground, Duluth, MN, March 10-11, 2006.  Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN, May 5-6, 2006.
Set in an airport’s "Lost & Found" zone, eleven lost and searching souls emerge from the shelves of unclaimed things:  A young Muslim redefines her American dream of Milk and Honey; suburban Tammy tackles Swedish in Stockholm while her daughter goes sacred in South Dakota; office peon Bill E. gets stumped by the loss of his keys; Jazzy Betty D. sings love in a lost note; an exiled Russian finds the past in a coffee cup, and more... Inspired by the true stories of people caught in flight or in search of a home, Lost and Found is a comical and insightful show about life’s big questions and the small stuff that ties us together.

Festival for One-Woman Shows, CIA, Minneapolis, MN, February 13-14, 2004. Frinj of the Frinj Festival, CIA, Minneapolis, MN, August 8, 2003. Premier: Marquee Room, Madison Civic Center, Madison, WI, April 24-26, 2003.
A multimedia production celebrating “shoe stories.” An adaptation of true tales told by male and female characters.  Their stories underscore feet and shoes as maps of our identity, as well as sites of personal and cultural transformation.  Shoes are not only functional but are decorative objects symbolizing class, color, age, sexuality.  Accompanying slides explore the history of and our obsessive and quirky relationships to shoes. 
Madison Civic Center Spotlight Room, Madison, WI, Spring 2002.
A multimedia production investigating the place and value of windows in our world. Often seen in paintings such as those by Vermeer and Hopper, windows are more than functional objects; they are forces through which we learn to see. Male and female characters tell anecdotes about what they experienced through, beside or outside of a window. Their stories make windows perfect metaphors for a transparent and opaque desire to both open and ignore what happens in the world outside. Photographs of windows and live music give tension and anticipation to each window story.

The Purse Project
Madison Art Center, Madison, WI, April 2000. Video of show as part of the exhibit: "It's in the Bag: the Evolution of the Handbag." Heritage House Museum, Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada: January-March 2007.
A multimedia production based on textual and interview adaptations of purse stories. Purses, bags, pocketbooks are everyday objects with symbolic value. Male and female characters tell true anecdotes of purses opened, stolen, and lost. Purses harbor themes of security, intimacy, materialism, and presence. Live music and video sequences delve deep into the purse's profane and sacred social role.

Truth or Dare!
Brave Hearts Theatre, Madison, WI, March & April 1998.
A multimedia exploration of the childhood game Truth or Dare and how its ultimate prank and purpose --risk and disclosure-- provide metaphors for everyday heroic quests. Sixteen monologues bring forth male and female characters that either live daringly or regret not doing so. Accompanying slides explore the words we use to dare the truth.

Whole People
Brave Hearts Theatre, Madison, WI, May 1996.
A multimedia exploration of what it means to feel like a complete person. Seventeen hilarious and tragic monologues based on people stereotyped as falling apart. Who are the men and women in our lives, streets and neighborhoods who get overlooked? What makes them less whole than others? Slides and music complement monologues.

"Cocu" Couple
La Maison française, Madison, WI, 1991.
A short play about a lone old woman who grows attached to a faithful rocking chair as she rummages into her past, offering up woman's mixed take on loves won and lost.

Ubu Roi. Frederic March Play Circle. UW-Madison, April 2001.

Endgame. Brave Hearts Theatre. Madison, WI, July 1998.

K. and The Burning. La Maison française. Madison, WI, Spring 1993.

Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard by Marivaux (adaptation by Henrik Borgstrom). Dir. Christine Iaderosa. Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte, 2007-08.

Albertine en cinq temps, by Michel Tremblay (adaptation by Henrik Borgstrom). Dir. Henrik Borgstrom. Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte, 2006-08.

La Leçon by Eugène Ionesco. Dir. Christine Iaderosa. Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte, 2005-06.

Short Plays by Jean-Michel Ribes. Dir. Christine Iaderosa. Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte, nationwide tour 2004-05.

L'illusion comique by Pierre Corneille. Dir. Christine Iaderosa. Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte, nationwide tour 2003-04.

Huis Clos by Jean-Paul Sartre. Dir. Christine Iaderosa. Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte, nationwide tour, 2001-02. Huis Clos. Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte. Spotlight Room, Madison Civic Center, March 2002.
Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte Presents a 19th-Century Adaptation of "Huis Clos." Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium. The Pyle Center. UW-Madison, October 2001.

Les Crasseux. Frederic March Play Circle. UW-Madison, April 2000.

The Seven Streams of River Ota. Union Theatre. UW-Madison, April 1998.

La Tortue qui chante. Wisconsin Union Theatre. UW-Madison, April 1997.

La Parenthèse de sang. Wisconsin Union Theatre. UW-Madison, April 1996.

Singué Mura, considérant que la femme/Simply Woman. Mitchell Theatre. UW-Madison, Fall 1995.

La Lettre d'affranchissement. Wisconsin Union Theatre. UW-Madison, Fall 1995.

L'Histoire terrible mais inachevée de Norodom Sihanouk, roi du Cambodge. Frederic March Play Circle, April 1994.

As Is. Frederic March Play Circle, Fall 1993.

L'Enfant des passages. Frederic March Play Circle, April 1992.

How Dumb the Stars. Madison: Parallel Press, 2001.

Reader: Colette. Revolutionary Women's Cabaret. Patrick's Cabaret, Minneapolis, MN. 2005.

Reader: Poems of Anna Ahkmatova. Revolutionary Women's Cabaret. Patrick's Cabaret, Minneapolis, MN. 2004.

Writer-to-Writer Mentorship Poetry Reading. St. Paul, MN May 11, 2005

Invited Poet: Wisconsin Book Festival. Madison, WI October 12, 2002

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Poetry Reader -- Middleton, WI, August 28, 2000

Spoken Word Project at Diverse Works. Houston, TX, March-April, 1997.

Slam Poetry Finalist, National Slam Competition, San Francisco, CA, 1993.

The Lost Envelope (Translation of Pierre Mumbere Mujomba's play, La Dernière enveloppe) by Jill MacDougall. 30th Anniversary of African Literature Association Conference. Madison, Wisconsin Pyle Center, April 16, 2004.

No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre (Translated by June Miyasaki). Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, April 14, 2002.

Top Dogs by Urs Widmer. In honor of Alfred Defago, Former Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States. Pyle Center, Madison, Wisconsin, November 29, 2001.

Ph.D., French Literature and Theatre, UW-Madison, 1998.
M.A., French Literaturea, UW-Madison, 1992.
B.A., French Area Studies, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, 1991. Summa cum laude.

Assistant Professor. Department of French, College of Saint Catherine, St Paul, MN, 2002-present.
Lecturer. Department of French & Italian, UW-Madison, 1996-2001.
Teaching Assistant. Department of Theatre & Drama, UW-Madison, 2001.
Instructor. Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute (WESLI), Madison, WI, 1996-2001.
Senior Thesis Advisor. Department of French & Italian, UW-Madison, 2000-01.
Teaching Assistant. Department of French & Italian, UW-Madison, 1991-96.