Devi has been training in theatre and dance since she was 4 years old, working in every form available to her. She began with training in classical ballet and contemporary dance and worked with the youth theatre group at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah on productions such as The Wizard of Oz. After a brief stint as a competitive gymnast, Devi continued her passion for theatre and dance through high school, working on shows like Grease and performing as a competitive dancer.
Graduating high school at 16, Devi then moved to working with exotic animals with her family at T.I.G.E.R.S, The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species. She worked as an animal trainer, host and production coordinator on live shows at Butterfly Pavilion in Myrtle Beach, SC and at Jungle Island in Miami, FL. She has also worked as the production coordinator for the Myrtle Beach Safari, a 3 hour interactive animal experience at the T.I.G.E.R.S Preserve and at various times performed in Tale of the Tiger at the King Richard’s Renaissance Faire in Carver, MA. All the while attempting to maintain her dance training.
In 2011 she began dancing with fire poi at various venues in Myrtle Beach as an extension of her passion for dance. In 2013 she picked up the aerial silks while living in Virginia and fell madly in love. After going back to school in 2014, she completed her B.A. in Drama with a minor in Modern Dance at the University of Virginia.
In 2016 Devi returned to Miami and spent a year as the host of the Wild Encounters Show at Jungle Island. She also continued her aerial arts and other circus training, studying in Virginia, Miami, and North Carolina. She is now based out of Virginia and is working on her show Witch Way while continuing to pursue performance in aerial silks and other circus arts.
Devi began bringing Witch Way to life at the beginning of 2018 out of a desire to create a one woman act she could travel with. Creation of the show used wide variety of her skill sets, including the challenge of creating quick change costuming that could be done repeatedly without assistance.
The character of Witch Way is very much an over exaggerated version of Devi herself. She believes that the negative association of the term Witch is quite silly and that it is in fact a term for female empowerment. She has sought to showcase women who took control of their own lives despite patriarchal oppression, and how that influenced the creation of female antagonists in a world of theatre historically largely driven by men.
This show is a culmination of Devi’s acting, writing, costume and set design skills, it is her baby in every way. Her other baby, Mogweed the miniature poodle, has also become quite an important part of the act, adding to its whimsy. Devi intends to evolve Witch Way to include an aerial finale as the show develops. After all, who doesn’t want to see The Morrigan take flight? She is the Raven Queen.