The Forever Wave, a radio play (2023-)
Inspired by Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, this radio play for voices takes place in a futuristic, climate-impacted San Francisco where the sea level has risen 200′. Combining geography, climate science, Bay Area history, and an assemblage of voices—survivors and dead alike—The Forever Wave is a comprehensive exploration of a what-if future that seems ever more likely every year we fail to address the impacts of climate change and economic inequality.
Brought to vivid, auditory life by a multicultural, multigenerational, and multilingual cast of 12 representing the diversity of the Bay Area in terms of culture, ethnicity, gender, and sexual expression, The Forever Wave is a study in resilience, resourcefulness, and community-building. “If you survive the apocalypse,” one narrator asks, “don’t you get to help build what comes after it?”
Bikes to Books (2013-present)
One of my favorite ongoing projects is co-leading the Bikes to Books literary history bicycling tours of San Francisco, with the truly inspirational Burrito Justice! Over the years we’ve expanded our programming to include beer socials, lectures, presentations, readings, a one-mile walking tour of literary North Beach, and our signature seven-mile bike ride. Our 2013 “map launch,” held in Jack Kerouac Alley, included 12 readers performing selected segments of work from the 12 authors and artists featured on the route.
Fringe Festivals (2000-present)
I’ve been working on the international Fringe Festival circuit for almost twenty years, after first stumbling across the San Francisco Fringe Festival at EXIT Theatre in 2000. As a lighting tech/designer, tour support, and journalist, I’ve traveled to multiple festivals in Canada, the U.S., and Edinburgh. Companies and artists I’ve worked for include the San Francisco Fringe Festival, Ambit Theatre, Barry Smith, Naked Empire Bouffon Company, and Christina Augello/EXIT Theatre. Additionally, I’ve been a volunteer for the Montreal Fringe Festival, and a Fringe reviewer for StageRush in NYC.
IncivilitySF was an annual showcase of politically-inspired work from San Francisco’s underground, co-founded by myself and Nathaniel Justinano, and co-curated by Sabrina Wenske and Larry Bogad. Our monthly development series, Subversion, invited artists working with themes of social justice, community-empowerment, and political awakening to come try out new work/work-in-progress in front of an audience. Artists pictured below are Eric Larsen, Ashton Wolgast, Fenner, Praba Pilar, Ed Wolf, Peter Griggs, and Rotimi Agbabiaka.
Salon San Carlos (2011-2015)
An intimate, living room series of original works, staged in three different neighborhoods. Performers and companies included SF Buffoons, Naked Empire Bouffon Company, Kingdom of Not (as the Wounded Stag), Right Brain Performance Company, the Independent Eye, Foul Play Productions, Christian Cagigal, Ryan Hayes, Jeremy Greco, Mia Paschal, Maura Holloran, Megan Cohen, the Slow Poisoner, Gaea Denker/Princess Cream Pie, and L.M. deLeon.
Voter’s Bloc Theatre (2008-2011)
A political street theatre/radio play series dedicated to highlighting a single issue on the ballots of upcoming elections, including California’s No on 98 campaign, and No on L, San Francisco’s sit-lie proposition. Series culminated in a San Francisco mayoral campaign in 2011, featuring Tyler Null as his self-created politician persona, Spencer Blackhart.