A proud native of Lombard, Illinois, I left the small town life to study Slavic Languages & Literature and Theater at Princeton. It was there that I began colliding my passion for scholarship with my love of the performing arts.
After Princeton, I headed to Glasgow, where I received my M.A. in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. While there, I performed in brand new works by Scottish playwrights and completed a residency at the legendary Shakespeare's Globe.
In 2016, I moved to NYC, where I have put up my award-winning one-man-show MADMAN Off-Broadway, performed as Hamlet in Central Park, and worked as a research assistant, Russian Language teacher among a million other things.
Last summer, I served as TA for Princeton's Global Seminar in Moscow and now I am making plans to further my research into Gulag Theater with a doctoral program.