Over two decades in theatre, Desiree has played various roles. She’s been an actor with companies like Gorilla Rep and Stages on the Sound, as well as working extensively in the downtown New York performance scene with companies like Moving Theatre, Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company and performance art pioneers The New York Neo-Futurists.
Desiree’s journey as a solo performance artist began while studying theatre at Yale University. Since that time, she has written, produced and performed five full-length solo shows. Her two latest shows Tar Baby and 52 Man Pickup have received rave reviews and awards while touring the U.S. and Europe.
Among the more fabulous entries on her performance resume are having worked with conceptual artist Wu Tsang exploring queer vogue culture and mimesis and devised and performed Rip Me Open with writer/actor Michael Cyril Creighton and writer/musician Kyle Jarrow. She has also taken off her clothes for feminism and art in The Soup Show and Untitled Feminist Show.
Her versatility flourished as a writer/performer/director for the long-running devised theatre piece Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Its aesthetic of non-illusory storytelling and risk in performance have profoundly influenced her solo work. Her haunts as a performance artist in New York included places like Joe’s Pub, P.S. 122, The New Museum, Ars Nova, Dixon Place & 59E59 Theatres.
Desiree’s theatre life began in a production of Wilder’s Our Town in high school, and went on to include an roles in Shakespeare, Chekhov, Brecht, Williams, Ensler, Durang, Rivera, Ludlam and Shangé while she studied at Yale. She has also studied the methodologies of Stanislavski, Mikhail Chekhov, Brestoff and Meisner as well as Butoh and improvisation. However, it was her development with performance artist and playwright Deb Margolin that helped focus Desiree’s work on monologue and performance writing. She has also worked with performance pioneer Anna Deveare Smith on addressing global issues through personal narrative.