I learned at a young age that it’s important to play to your audience, even if that audience happens to be pair of poodles, reluctantly sitting in the front row. And thus I began my adventures in storytelling by casting them as the main characters in song parodies and tall tales. Growing up alongside the computer age, I soon graduated from verbal storytelling to using multimedia as a platform for narrative. And as the tech changed, so did the audience (and the poodles). With tools such as the new-fangled digital camera and video editing software at hand, I was able to cast my fully-costumed actors into mini video productions for school projects. I had at last made my entry into educational content.
Inspired by books such as From the Mixed of Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler and A Wrinkle In Time and from the educational pavilions of Epcot Center, I always dreamed of creating worlds and experiences where people could go on adventures and learn in the process. I took this passion with me to Japan, where I spent two years teaching English on Innoshima, a small island famous for naval pirates and salt flavored soft serve. I was able to develop classes that immersed the students into the lesson plans by bringing in pop culture and relatable stories into the content.
As an experience designer and creative technologist I am always seeking for ways to combine the powers of education and entertainment. My background is in storytelling, whether that be through performing comedy, creating exhibits or dressing up my dogs for a film shoot. In every instance the goal is to bring delight while facilitating some essence of learning. I am thrilled to be part of the Design Team at EdLab, to play to a big audience that is excited to learn, experience and inspire.