Curriculum Vitae

President, Personal Hermitage Productions                                     Lecturer, School of the Art Institute                                                           /
Founder, Beyondmedia Education                                                    6119 N. Hermitage Ave, Chicago 60660                                                                              773.216.5556



1995      Ph.D. Performance Studies with a certificate in Gender Studies, Northwestern University.
1986      M.A. Theatre and Performance, Northwestern University.
1985      B.S. Fine and Performing Arts, with honors, Northwestern University.



2014-present   School of the Art Institute, Chicago IL; Art Education
2012-present   President, Personal Hermitage Productions
2015-2017        Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier VT; Visiting Faculty and Artist-Teacher
2000-2011       Founder and Executive Director, Beyondmedia Education
1998-2000      School of the Art Institute, Chicago IL; Film and Video, Art Education
1996-1999       Founding Collective Member, Women’s International Information Project
1990-present   Independent Filmmaker and Transmedia/Performance Installation Artist



2015           Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier VT; Artist-in-Residence
2013           Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI; Visiting Artist Residency
2012           Female Journalists Association of Liberia, Monrovia; Internet Journalism and Social Media
2012           Girls Making Media, Liberia; Media Activism
1997-2012  Beyondmedia Education, Chicago IL; Community-based Workshops in Media Literacy and Activism
2002          St. Mary’s College, Moraga CA; Brazil Travel Course in Documentary Filmmaking
1995           University of Regina, Saskatchewan; Visiting Artist Residency
1989-94      Northwestern University, Evanston IL and Chicago IL; Performance Studies, Gender Studies
1990           Associated Colleges of the Midwest Urban Studies Program; Theatre Workshop



2017       Individual Artists Program, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
2017       School of the Art Institute of Chicago Faculty Enrichment Grant
2016       School of the Art Institute Faculty Enrichment Grant
2013       International Film Festival Jakarta, Award of Excellence
2012       Partnering for Stronger Communities Fellowship, U.S. State Dept Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs/IREX
2011        Purpose Prize Fellow
2011        Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant
2011        City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant
2010       Women’s eNews Ida B. Wells Bravery in Journalism Award and 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Honoree
2010       DIY Film Festival Honorable Mention
2010       Humboldt Film Festival Pride Award
2010       Chicago Foundation for Women Impact Award
2009      San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, Best Documentary
2008      John McDermott Documentary Film Festival, 1st Place
2008      Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival, Best Documentary
2007       Alliance for Community Media Hometown Video Award, Best Documentary, Public Awareness, Professional
2007       Beloit International Film Festival, Best Documentary Midwest
2005       Superfest XXV Spirit Award and Achievement Award (2005-present: Superfest Classic status)
2005       Crossroads Fund Ron Sable Award
2003       Independent Film and Video/Chicago, 1st Place
2002       Illinois Humanities Council Lawrence Towner Award
2001        Worldfest Houston Gold Award

Grants under Beyondmedia: National Endowment for the Arts, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Ms. Foundation for Women, McCormick Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago Community Trust, Leo S. Guthman Fund, Woods Fund of Chicago, and others.



2016-18   Filmmaker/Installation Artist, Present Absence, ongoing conversations with families of people killed by Chicago police
2016       Filmmaker, The Judith and Machman Project (in progress), one family, four branches, five generations of Jewish identity
2015       Photography Installation, Gone But Not Forgotten, Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago
2015       Installation Artist/Filmmaker/Performer, We Are Here to Build the House, Sunday Gallery, Chicago
2015       Print artist, Push & Pull: Steamroller Spectacular, Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago
2014       Installation Artist/Filmmaker/Performer, From Here To There, performance installation, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago
2014       Collaborator, “The Left Front,” Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston IL
2013       Executive Producer/Actor, Crimes Against Humanity, narrative feature
2013       Producer/Director/Camera, Brink of Survival, feature documentary with Embangweni Hospital, Malawi
2012       Director/Camera, Tanaman Dul, Irish-Brazilian music video series
2012       Director, Talking Peace, restorative justice with Community Justice for Youth Institute
2011        Director, Code of the Freaks, Hollywood images of disability, feature in progress
2011        Writer/Director, Cruddy, narrative short adaptation of Lynda Barry’s novel
2011        Director, Your Social Life, preventing cyber-bullying with Beyondmedia Youth Leaders and Mikva Challenge
2011        Director, Chicago Jobs Council, 30-year anniversary video
2010       Adult Facilitator, NUF SAID, A Youth Media Project by Chicago Youth Voices Network
2010       Director, 35 Years of Community Health Care, with Howard Brown Health Center
2009      Solo Artist, In Transit, photographic installation, Ven Sherrod Gallery, Chicago
2009      Director, Open the Door, Get ‘Em a Locker, educating nurses with disabilities, with UIC and ASU
2009      Director/Performer, When Brad Met Sally, fictionalized autobiography
2008      Producer/Director, Storming the Gates: Struggle for Access to Higher Education in Illinois with IALHEA
2008      Director/Camera, HIV: Hey, It’s Viral!, with Broadway Youth Center and About Face Youth Theater
2008-14  Director, Chain of Change: Youth Against Violence, a multimedia project: website, screenings and workshops
2007       Director/Camera, What Will It Take? Ending Violence Against Women, with Chicago Foundation for Women
2007       Director/Camera, Seeds of Change: 25 Years of Community Organizing, with Crossroads Fund
2007       Director/Camera, Doin’ It: Sex, Disability and Videotape, with the Empowered Fe Fes of Access Living
2006       Director/Camera/Editor, Turning a Corner, with Prostitution Alternatives Round Table, doc feature
2005       Director/Camera, Can LGBTQ + Schools = Safe?, an organizing and networking tool for LGBT youth
2005       Solo Artist, Unfinished Business, multimedia installation, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago
2004-15  Director/Contributor, Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance, a digital archive of women’s stories
2004       Director/Camera, Beyond Disability: The Fe Fe Stories, with the Empowered Fe Fes of Access Living
2003       Director/Camera/Editor, Everybody In Nobody Out, with Dr. Quentin Young and Studs Terkel
2003       Director/Camera/Editor, A Fish Almost Eaten by a Shark, with the Carl Schurz High School GSA
2003-07 Director/Camera/Editor, Voices in Time: Lives in Limbo, traveling multimedia installation
2002       Director/Camera, The Story of Lil and Jack, oral history of a family
2002       Director/Camera, Our View from the Red Line, oral history of the North of Howard community
2002       Director/Camera/Editor, Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya, with a women’s theatre collective in Chiapas, Mexico
2001        Director/Camera/Editor, Community Panels for Youth, with Northwestern’s Children and Family Justice Center
2001        Director/Camera/Editor, Kesher Diary, young women from the former Soviet Union and the US in Moscow
2000       Director/Camera/Editor, Stone Soup: A Multi-Cultural Literacy Network of Schools, with three Chicago schools
2000       Director/Camera/Editor, What We Leave Behind, with Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers
1998-00  Director/ Camera/Editor, A New Start: Resources for Women Former Prisoners, series of three films
1997        Director/Camera/Editor, Sisters Speak Loud and Clear: Stop Violence Against Women! featuring Pearl Cleage
1997-99  Solo Artist, Beijing and Beyond: Women Artists Respond, A.R.C. Gallery and U.S. tour
1996       Director/Camera/Co-editor, Beyond Beijing, 4th World Conference on Women/NGO Forum (doc feature)



2017          Present Absence review, Pelican Bomb (May 2, 2017),
2014          “La interculturalidad es una acción,” AULA Intercultural,
2014          The Left Front contributing artist, Block Museum of Art,
2012          Never the Same: Conversations About Art Transforming Politics & Community,
2012          Liberia Diary: Life Is Beautiful, blogger,
2011          The New Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's Health Book Collective; contributed stills
2010         "Media Literacy Curriculum," in Something Is Wrong: Exploring the Roots of Youth Violence, co-edited by M. Kaba, J. Mathew, and N. Haines; Project Nia, Chicago IL
2010         A Midwife’s Guide by Mary Sommers; contributed stills for pamphlet and mobile application
2008-09   Proximity Magazine, Issue #003 (Winter)
2006-11    Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance,; co-editor/contributor
2005-09  CPS and general use curricula to accompany videos: HIV: Hey, It’s Viral!, Beyond Disability: The Fe Fe Stories, Can LGBT + School = Safe?
2008        Next Wave Cultures: Feminism, Subcultures, Activism, ed. Anita Harris, Routledge UP; contributed stills
2008        Democracy in America: The National Campaign, Creative Time, New York; contributor
2006        Girls in Trouble With the Law, by Laurie Schaffner, Rutgers UP; contributed stills
2004        “Voices in Time” photo essay with text; Feminist Studies (30.2)
2004        “Working between University and Community,” in Public Acts: Disruptive Readings on Making Curriculum Public by Erica Meiners; RoutledgeFalmer NY
2003        Becoming Cleopatra, by Francesca Royster, Palgrave Macmillan; contributed photos
1997         Beyond Beijing: The International Women's Movement Handbook, Beyondmedia; co-editor/stills
1995         "Performing Teen Motherhood on Video: Autoethnography as Counter-Discourse," in Getting a Life: Everyday Uses of Autobiography, co-edited by S. Smith and J. Watson; U of Minn Press
1995         Narrating Birthing: Technologies of "Self"-Replication and "Reality"-Construction, diss., Northwestern U.



2017      Guest Artist, “Media Resistance to Police Violence with Podcasting,” Creating Justice Conference, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines IL
2017      Featured Guest, Live at the Heartland Radio
2016      Guest Artist, Present Absence installation, Roosevelt University, Chicago
2016      Organizer, Gone But Not Forgotten restorative justice quilting circles, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; Logan Center at the University of Chicago; Access Living; Trinity United Church of Christ
2016      Presenter, “Your Social Life: Using Smart Phones to Combat Cyberbullying,” NAEA, Chicago IL
2015      Guest Speaker, “Changing Values in Social Practice Art,” University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
2015      Panelist, “Collective Creativity,” Feminist Art Project/College Art Association, Museum of Arts and Design NY
2013      Panelist, “Youth Media: Mapping a Global Movement,” Digital Media and Learning Conference, Chicago IL
2012      Featured Guest, WBEZ (NPR affiliate) “Worldview”
2012      Featured Guest, Press Union of Liberia, Monrovia
2012      Featured Guest, “Art and Social Practice: Collaborating in Rural Malawi,” University of Brasilia, Brazil
2012      Panelist, “Transforming Scholarship and Advocacy: Women & Prisons,” 8th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, UIUC Champaign-Urbana
2012     Panelist, Knowledge XFR, Kellogg/Gravity Tank, Chicago
2011      Panelist, “Why Youth Media Matters,” Columbia College, Chicago
2011      Panelist, Digital Media and Learning Conference, Long Beach CA
2010     Panelist, Grantmakers in the Arts Conference, Chicago
2010     Presenter, Hollywood Images of Disability, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago
2009    Featured Guest, “Community Media and You,” CAN-TV
2009    Panelist, Museum of Contemporary Art Educators’ Salon, Chicago
2008    Panelist, Democracy in America: The National Campaign, Experimental Station; Creative Time, New York
2008    Panelist, “Can We Even Talk About ‘Social Media’?”, McCormick Tribune Center, Northwestern University
2008    Panelist, Making Your Media Matter, Center for Media & Social Impact, American Univ, Washington D.C.
2007    Panelist, “Local Reporting and Human Rights Abuses in Chicago,” University of Chicago
2007    Presenter, “Using Media in the Classroom to Teach about Race and Gender,” Chicago Int’l Film Festival
2006    Panelist, “Beyond Production: Distribution and Activism,” Contested Spaces: the global impact of community arts and media, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, U of Chicago,
2005    Guest Artist, “Voices on the Edge,” Gene Siskel Film Center, Art Institute of Chicago
2002    Panelist, “Media and Technology Interventions: Women and Girls Activism,” NWSA, Las Vegas
2000    Featured Guest, WBEZ (NPR affiliate) “848”
1999     Featured Guest Artist, "The Role of Media in Women's Struggle for Peace," The Peace Museum, Chicago
1996     United Nations Film Forum “One Year After Beijing” by special invitation, UN Headquarters, New York City


FILM FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS (selected, 2004 to present):

Present Absence, Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago IL

Creating Justice Conference, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines IL
24 Hour Social Studies “Let’s Make America Critical Again”

Gone But Not Forgotten Exhibition, Roosevelt University, Chicago

Gone But Not Forgotten Exhibition, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago
We Are Here to Build the House, Sunday Gallery, Chicago
Push & Pull: Steamroller Spectacular, Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago
From Here To There, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago
Vivian G. Harsh Society and Center for Black Studies, Chicago

Slamdance Film Festival, Park City UT
Boston Underground Film Festival
Chicago Underground Film Festival
Wisconsin Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
MOSTRA: Filmes Americanos, Sao Paulo

DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic
International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture, Jakarta, Indonesia
Cinema Mostra AIDS, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Atlanta Underground Film Festival
Abilityfest, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, Los Angeles CA
Malawi Network, Pomona CA

Feminist Active Documentary Video Festa (FAV), Okinawa, Japan
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs/Film Office
Q! Film Festival, Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Provincetown International Film Festival, Provincetown MA

Emotion Pictures International Festival Tour, Athens, Greece and touring
Merlinka International Queer Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
Q! Film Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia
Lunafest (featured filmmaker)
Field Museum of Chicago and streaming, Common Sense Media, Yahoo & MTV Chicago International Film Festival Teachers’ Institute
DisTHIS! Film Series, touring

Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco
Berlin Sex Workers Festival, Berlin, Germany
African American Film Festival, Seattle WA
Humboldt Film Festival, Arcata CA
Chicago Humanities Festival
DIY Film Festival, Los Angeles CA
Urban Suburban Film Festival, Philadelphia PA
Vail Film Festival
Link TV

WTTW Channel 11 (PBS)
Brazil's 4th International Disability Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro and touring Feminist Active Documentary Video Festa (FAV) Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan
Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago
Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, Atlanta
M.A.L.I. Women’s Film & Performance Arts Festival, Austin TX University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria IL
Association of University Centers on Disability
Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
National LGBTI Health Summit, Washington DC
Best of the Fest, Superfest Classics, San Francisco and Berkeley CA

Emotion Pictures International Documentary Festival, Athens, Greece
San Francisco Women Film Festival, UC Berkeley
Urban Visionaries Youth Film Festival, Paley Center for Media, NYC Association of University Centers on Disability
Washougal International Film Festival, Washougal WA Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project, Nashville TN
Rivers Edge International Film Festival, Paducah KY

Black Docs, Urban Film Series, Washington DC
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC San Diego Women's Film Festival
US Social Forum, Atlanta GA

American Sociological Association Convention, Montreal Canada
Altar Magazine’s Her Voice Her View Film Festival, New York NY
Emotion Pictures International Documentary Festival, Athens, Greece
Gene Siskel Film Center
Perspektiva, Moscow, Russia

Black Harvest International Film and Video Festival, Siskel Film Center
Chicago's International Deaf and Disability Film Festival
Conversations on the Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center
Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival
Mix Mexico Sexual Diversity Film and Video Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
Women in the Director’s Chair International Film Festival, Chicago IL
ImageOut: The Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film And Video Film Festival

DCTV, New York
San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival
San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Vancouver Queer Film and Video Festival

-1990 through 1998-
Women in the Director’s Chair, now defunct but at that time the longest running international women’s film and video festival: I was on the festival committee, created year ‘round programs, screened my films, and served as board chair.



National Art Education Association
Restorative Justice Circle Keeper