A mission that inspires, renown leadership, a roster of the area’s finest artists—who could refuse an invitation to join the ranks of WHY ARTS? It is an honor to be involved with an organization that fosters such inclusiveness. My area of the arts is theatre and I have been an avid practitioner (acting and directing) since age six, when I coerced the neighborhood kids into defcon 1 performance mode. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in theatre from UNO, have acted and directed in venues throughout the metro and currently serve as the Associate Artistic Director of SNAP Productions. It has been beyond gratifying to perform in the Prevention Education outreach program sponsored by Completely Kids, and to be involved with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools. Teaching is a favorite pursuit and I have taught classes in film, acting, improv, dialects and broadcast at UNO, UNL, Emmy Gifford Children’s Theatre, Ware House Productions, the Omaha Community Playhouse and MCC’s College for Kids. One great thing I’ve discovered about teaching is that the instructor typically learns far more from the students than the other way around.