A Brief Introduction

I am a storyteller, writer, educator, and performer and a native of Chicago. I studied improvisation at iO (then Improv Olympic) with the legendary Del Close. In 2014, I left my career in academia, relocated to Hong Kong, and established a small company, Lamb Ink, and since then I have performed, presented, and conducted workshops and training in the US, Europe, and Asia. My workshops have been described as “amazing,” “powerful,” and “great fun.”  

A common thread connecting all my work has been the desire to connect people to things that they care about and give them the tools that they need to take meaningful action and inspire change. I am a board member of the Applied Improvisation Network, a founding member of Improv for Humanity and Instigator-in-Chief of The Quest: Improv for Transformation.

My creative work has been featured in the Hong Kong’s Top Notch Storytelling Festival, Liars’ League Hong Kong, Literary Death Match, the Art’s House World Voices Presents, and Mamagushi Shanghai. I also perform as part of Hong Kong’s People’s Liberation Improv.

I hold  B.S. in Anthropology from Loyola University of Chicago and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute.

Here is my full curriculum-vitae.

When I Met the Quest

In my life, I have “met” hundreds of improv exercises. Short ones, long ones, smart ones, dumb ones, and everything in between.  In 2014, I was introduced to The Quest, by Joey Novick at the Applied Improvisation Network in Austin, Texas. Upon our first encounter, I knew The Quest was the most amazing improv exercise I had ever met and I wanted everyone to know about it. I became obsessed with its history, why it works as an exercise, how it could work better and how it could be applied to different contexts. I spent the next two years doing research and running workshops in the North America, Europe and Asia. The more I introduced others to the Quest, the more I was convinced that my instinct was right. The Quest is incredible tool for generating insights and a way for people to experience the benefits of an improvisational mindset without having to set foot on the stage.

In 2016, this web site was established, World Wide Quest Day was launched, and the the process of building the team of certified Quest facilitators began.  We are a small but mighty group, committed to brining the Quest and the gift of attention to the world.