ABOUT

Hard Skills Include...
     About Me...

I'm an Emmy-winning artist who specializes in directing, writing,

and producing (EP of Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter LLC)....

Especially: musical and puppet projects!

As a creative, I develop original projects for stage and screen that promote inclusivity and social awareness through entertainment. I like to say my favorite thing in the world is building sandboxes and inviting people to come play... and, why wait for someone to invite you? I also have a soft spot for making Children's Media, and am currently serving as a local chapter President for Children's Media Association... one of my favorite things I've done recently is creative consult and direct all 20 episodes for The Reading League's Reading Buddies featuring Dusty & Dott.

My family works include two musical fairytales inspired by my adopted dog called Rescue Rue (Off-Broadway 2021-22) and Runaway Rue, the series Monica’s Mixing Bowl, and short films Beach Day (48 Hour Puppet Project Award Winner) and Cone of Shame (a Handmade Puppet Dreams commission). Other favorite projects include musicals 5th Republic (NYMF '11), Madame (NYMF Reading ’12), and the sci-fi rock opera LUDO’s Broken Bride (NYMF '17; ANT Fest '13; The Cutting Room '14), and a bunch of short plays set in and around bars called "spirits - the bar plays". I'm a former Dramatist Guild Fellow for bookwriting.

 

In my "puppet life", I've worked for shops including the Jim Henson Co., Swazzle, and the Puppet Kitchen, and on shows that include Sesame Street (Sesame Workshop), Crank Yankers (Comedy Central), Kidding (Showtime), and Johnny and the Sprites (Playhouse Disney). I've even worked with The Muppets, yes, those Muppets, and served as Avenue Q's Puppet Wrangler/Wardrobe Head at New World Stages Off-Broadway for a few years. I recently directed the woodland-creature romcom HedgeHearts for writer/puppeteer Liz Hara (it's gonna be so dang cute!), and teach puppetry at Pace University.

What else? I love trivia, Disney, jewel tones, proving folks wrong,

musical improv, and supporting Badass Brooklyn Rescue!

<WRITING/PRODUCING>

*Scriptwriting

*Copyediting/Proofreading

*Timing Scripts

*Film Editing (Adobe Premiere)

*Typing 100+ WPM

*Producing/Coordinating/Budgeting

*Union Contracts (Stage & Screen)

*Contract Negotiation

*Finding/Hiring Personnel

*Final Draft

*Microsoft Office & Excel

*Google Docs & Sheets

*Maintenance of Centralized Docs

*Maintentance of Series Bibles/Info

<LANGUAGES>

*English (perhaps obviously)

*Spanish

*Ancient Greek

*Mandarin (very basic - still learning!)

*Music (AKA Reading Sheet Music)

<LOCATIONS>

*Driver’s License (w/Car in NYC + LA)

*Local to Tristate Area + SoCal

<WRANGLING/PUPPETRY>

*Sewing/Power Tools

*Shopping

*Puppetry

*Improv/Musical Improv

<FUN STUFF>

*Trivia

*Dog Whispering

      (Okay, more like "finding the dog in the room and becoming their BFF")

CV/Resumes Available!

sawdirect@gmail.com

Soft Skills Include...

Collaboration

Clear Communication

Multi-departmental Communication

Leadership

Building A Team, then Teambuilding

Seeing the Big Picture

Detail Oriented

Calm Under Pressure

Strong Work Ethic

Quick Learner

Knowing When to Ask Questions Vs. Figure It Out Your Dang Self

Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter LLC

2011 - present

Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter supports a wide variety of new works in various stages of development.

Formed in 2011 as a partnership between three multi-cultural and multi-generational women, Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter LLC is a production company that strives to support developing works that live where art and entertainment collide. Under the executive watch of Stacey Weingarten, the company develops diverse, original projects for stage and screen that explore a wide variety of subjects often with an agenda of inclusivity and social awareness through entertainment. CMJD LLC debuted at NYMF 2011 with Les Enfants de Paris (now titled 5th Republic), and has also been developing other musicals including Jarreau's (fka Madame the Musical, NYMF reading series 2012), LUDO's Broken Bride, and a 2014 NY Children's Festival world premiere--and NYMF 2014 hit!-- Rescue Rue.

 

In addition to theatrical projects in development, CMJD LLC is co-producing Monica’s Mixing Bowl, a series that challenges children and families to “make friends with food” by teaching tolerance through understanding of those with different dietary needs and restrictions

 

Looking for a producer for your project? Reach out to chinesemotherllc@gmail.com

Pace University

2013 - present

 

 I teach Puppetry I at Pace University as part of the fantastic Commercial Dance BFA. The course is also open to other Performing Arts majors. It's a hands-on overview of puppetry including everything from found object to shadow play and culminating in a focus on 'Muppet Style' hand/rod puppetry performance since it's a personal specialty.

 

Looking for an independent class, workshop, or Puppet Consultant?  Drop me a line!