Screen%20Shot%202020-06-09%20at%202.41_edited.jpg

BIO AND CV

I believe in the power of community and storytelling, and that music is the perfect conduit for both. 


My experience as a professional musician has shown me the value of community and helped me experience the world. I have performed in 48 states and 9 countries as a drummer and percussionist. 


My training as a sociologist helps me use my imagination to understand the deeper connections between the individual (personal issues) and the broader workings of society (public issues).


My training as a public historian enables me to put those personal and societal issues into context so I can help communities understand and shape the stories they experience and want to tell about themselves. 


Some of my other interests include the culinary arts, fishing, hiking, cycling, going to the movies and doing the New York Times Crossword.

If you want more information about my career experience, past projects, and current work, please contact me.

 

Education

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

MA Public History

Jan 2019 - May 2021

BELMONT UNIVERSITY

BA Sociology
Minor Communications

Aug 2003 - May 2008

 

Experience

2019 - 2021

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY, THE CENTER FOR POPULAR MUSIC / GRADUATE ASSISTANT ARCHIVIST

Report to the Director and head Archivist, exercising responsibility for the arrangement and description of archival material. Demonstrate and develop relevant skills and knowledge, as well as work successfully in a collaborative, academic environment.

2017 - current

BELCOURT THEATRE / FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGEMENT

Providing leadership, supervision, and direction of strategic initiatives involving the operation of the front of house and back of house areas.

2003 - current

MUSICIAN / SELF-EMPLOYED

Freelance performance, composition, arrangement, production and private instruction (see Recordings and Press section for more information).

2008 - current

WRITER / SELF-EMPLOYED

Culture, history and music critic and essayist (see Publications section for more information).

2010 - 2011

PARK CENTER / CLINICAL CASE MANAGEMENT

Assessing treatment, medication management, co-occurring recovery services and supportive counseling; facilitating psychiatric and nursing services; skill building and advocacy.

2005 - current

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ARTS & HUMANITIES / ARTS EDUCATOR AND PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR

Began as a volunteer educator in 2005, received a series of promotions to work in multiple teaching positions beginning in 2006. Served as Programming Director from 2010 - 11, developing and implementing multi-format arts education programs for youth ages 10 - 17. Currently volunteer yearly Lead Instructor positions as needed.

 

Professional Affiliations

ORAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION

Founded in 1966, The Oral History Association is a professional association for oral historians and others interested in oral history. It is based in the United States but has international membership.

2019 - current

INTER-MUSEUM COUNCIL OF NASHVILLE (ICON)

A professional organization committed to encouraging the development and education of Nashville-area museums and cultural institutions.

2019 - 2020

 

Honors and Awards

ROCKY STRICKLAND SCHOLAR

The Roscoe L. Strickland Jr. Endowment funds educational opportunities for students enrolled in the Department of History's Graduate Studies Program

2019 - 2020

THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI

2020

Active since 1987, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others. Membership is earned, and admission is by invitation only by a university chapter. Graduate students must have completed at least 18 graduate hours or the equivalent at their institution and rank in the top 10 percent of their class.

"BEST FILM SERIES" IN THE NASHVILLE SCENE WRITER'S CHOICE AWARDS

For programming the Belcourt Theatre's Queer Qlassics Film series, featuring seminal works of 20th century queer cinema. Queer Qlassics was awarded for its outstanding community engagement and programming.

2019

JURY MEMBER, 51ST NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

2020

Jury members are hand selected by Festival's Programming Manager and include various film, culture, and art personalities, who determine the prizes for the feature films in the competition.


2020 jury selection for "Best Documentary Short" - The Heart Still Hums (Dir.  Taylor Russell, Savanah Leaf)

My official jury statement: "2020 has been a tumultuous year, to say the least. It's been difficult for many of us to find hope in any measure. The message of this film is intimate and universal; a message I think we all need right now, which is the reminder that our stories are connected to systemic problems and solutions. The women protagonists of this film demonstrate that even when our choices are limited, hope can take many forms. Sometimes it is holding on. Sometimes it is letting go. Either way, everything is everything."

PERSON OF THE YEAR

The Nashville Scene’s annual People of the Year issue recognizes and celebrates Nashvillians who “give Music City its character.”

2009

 

Community Service

ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER

Jessi Zazu, Inc. (Nashville, TN)

2018 - 2019

PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

She’s A Rebel, A Girl Group Tribute Show (Nashville, TN)

2015 - current

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Queer Dance Party (QDP) (Nashville, TN)

2012 - current

ORGANIZATION PRESIDENT

Students for the Advancement of Gender Equality (SAGE), Belmont University (Nashville, TN)

2006

PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

LadyFest Music City (Nashville, TN)

2006

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

Student Global AIDS Campaign’s Student March Against Aids (Washington, DC)

2003 - 2005