TEEN JOB FAIR
Milwaukee Public Library
On April 19th, 2016 from 4:30-7:00pm, over 750 estimated teens between the ages of 15 and 19 attended a job fair specifically targeted towards their age group at the Forest Home Library. The response to the event was so positive, it has since been replicated biannually between 12 libraries in Milwaukee county using the template and materials I created for the event. I presented reproduction instructions at the 2015 Wisconsin Library Association Conference and facilitated a webinar on teen programming in January 2017 for Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction, inspired by this event.
YOUTH CORNER STORE CAMPAIGN
Partnership with Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services, Milwaukee Police Department, & Habitat for Humanity
In 2015 youth from Westside Academy II embarked on a campaign to make the corner stores in their neighborhood safer. Through engagement with their Alderman, police department, local neighborhood organizations, and school, they forced the loss of one store’s liquor license (a major crime stimulant) and created real, crime-reducing changes in three additional stores. In the process, they were trained in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design survey tools and transformed the abandoned site of a double homicide into a beautiful public art piece. The youth received the mayor’s 2015 Youth Leadership Award (see left). I served as Lead Organizer for this campaign from conception to evaluation and facilitated all youth activities.
Beginning summer 2020, I began the strategic planning process for the country’s inaugural Master Gardener Program in Pierce County, Washington. The plan developed in Pierce County will serve as the foundation for all other counties in the state. The process (ongoing) involves developing standardized procedures and terminology, goal setting, outward-facing program booklets, and program evaluation from internal and external stakeholders.
PRESS RELEASE: HUMANS OF FRANKLIN
Franklin Public Library | Milwaukee Federated Library System
From 2016-2019, I featured one Franklin Public Library patron on the library’s website and Facebook page every Monday as part of a “Humans of Franklin” series. Using
snapshot portraits and stories, the campaign created a scrapbook of the people who live, work, and play in Franklin. Its first local celebrities: Sophia and Adrianna.
CIRQUE DE MORGUE, HAUNTED MAZE
Seasonal Show Writing Instructional Series
Bart’s Big Top Jubilee hired a troupe of clowns for their new traveling show, but little did he know that they were a group of rouge psychopaths wanted for murder. This attraction was conceptualized for the Seasonal Show Writing course through the Themed Entertainment Creative Workshop Series, led by industry leader, Ted Dougherty.
THE DEVIL’S CROSSROADS, HAUNTED MAZE
Advanced Seasonal Show Writing Instructional Series
Assuming the role of demon hunters, guests travel to the Devil’s crossroads in Transylvania to enter Hell and stop its evils. But upon seeing how many have tried and failed to do the same, they realize the true danger they are in and must find an escape – or fall prey to the same fate.
Lead by The Academy of Magical Arts® and The Magic Castle®’s Halloween Week event team leader, Jason Thompson, a group of 20 persons partook in a collaborative creative workshop to conceptualize an immersive experience theme for The Magic Castle®’s popular Halloween Week. In “Horrorscopes” The Magic Castle® has been overtaken by the Zodiac signs for their decennial competition. I served as the producer for the Gemini themed areas (Palace bar, Palace queue, and tarot room) and as a show writer for the overall attraction.
LOGLINE: Guests have unknowingly signed a lease with H.H. Holmes, the notorious serial killer of the Chicago World’s Fair, and now must escape from his torture castle or suffer at his hands.
“Escape from H.H. Holmes’ Castle” is an interactive horror escape room designed to engage and intrigue safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using traditional escape room clues, clues from guests in other rooms, and clues from interactions with actors, guests must escape from the castle (both from their room and the building itself) via the entrance in which they arrived without being caught by H.H. Holmes. I serve as Lead Producer and Writer for this experience.
In current production