I’m a story collector. I love theatre because I believe in the power of stories. Good theatre allows the audience to empathize with characters who they otherwise might not understand and to be introduced to stories that would otherwise be foreign to them. I love being a part of that process. The show that made me want to work in theatre was a production with JCC Manhattan, a Jewish cultural center in New York. The show was called Witness Theater, which paired high school students and Holocaust Survivors, who collaborated to create a play of the holocaust survivor’s stories for the students to perform. It was the second production I worked on as a crew member, and I’ve been working in and loving theatre tech ever since.
Since that show I’ve been the Master Electrician and Lighting Designer for Romemu Temple’s Esther Unmasked, follow spot operator for Middle School productions of Beauty and the Beast Jr. and Willy Wonka Jr., Programmer for a High School Production of Urinetown, the AV Dept. Intern at JCC Manhattan, and built a cuelist on a Leprecon 624 for The Model Railroad Club‘s Annual show.
Outside of the theatre I spent last summer as a counselor for 3rd to 5th graders at Eden Village Camp, Produce and edit a podcast about Judaism with my school, edited the video of the aforementioned production of Beauty and the Beast Jr., build assorted web and microcontroller projects, sail on a 27′ Sailboat, work in my garden, design the occasional prop, am Asst. Director of Information Technology at The Model Railroad Club, a bureaucrat for the Theater Handbook and am the web dev for waya.blog.