Director, Destiny Casting
Theater Studies and English, 2000
New York, NY
M.A., Theatre Practice, Central School of Speech and Drama, London
Director, Destiny Casting
After graduation, I lived in London for 3 years. I studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and received an MA in Theatre Practice, and I worked as a director and sound designer on various projects. I moved to New York to continue my career as a director, and I received the New York Theatre Workshop Artist of Color Directing Fellowship in 2006, and served as a resident director at the Ensemble Studio Theatre until 2007. At EST, I started to learn about casting and I eventually parlayed my skills as a director into a career as a casting director for film, theatre, and video. Today, I own my own small business, Destiny Casting, and I work with actors and artists to develop casting strategies and facilitate the audition and casting process. I also teach young actors, and I am writing a book that explores career opportunities for actors from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds.
Highlights at Emory
The best and most memorable part of my time at Emory was when I had the opportunity to direct the Tennessee Williams play Suddenly, Last Summer for my senior project. I was given space and time to develop a full production that I am still very proud of today. The student and alumni actors I worked with were some of the sharpest and most instinctively intelligent artists that I have ever worked with in any setting. Also, meeting Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka was a personal highlight.
The greatest skill I learned as a Theater Studies major at Emory was how to articulate my aesthetic in order to communicate with diverse artists. I also met some amazing fellow students who are still my friends and colleagues. I continue to use some of the exercises and acting techniques that I learned in classes with Tim McDonough, John Ammerman, and Elisa Carlson. The sound design class that I took with Judy Zanotti during my final year inspired me to study sound design and develop into a director/ designer. Even though I direct only occasionally now, creative sound design continues to be a hallmark of my work.
One thing I realized when I moved to New York is that there is very little time and even less money for process and exploration in the commercial and non-profit theatre. Also, a lot of the theatre here is made by the sons and daughters of extreme privilege for the sons and daughters of extreme privilege, but the skills I learned at Emory have translated well into my casting career. I have also become an advocate for diversity in casting: something that was not much of an issue in an academic setting, but is a very deep and complicated issue in commercial and non-profit film, television, and theatre today.