As a child I was utterly infatuated with the TV show "Fame," and could imagine no greater calling than the life of a performer in New York City. But my family lived in Lexington, Kentucky. And although we were lucky enough to have a local School for Creative and Performing Arts, I would always be a little disappointed that not once did our cafeteria erupt into the type of spontaneous dance-party-jam-sessions that spilled out into the streets to stop traffic.
When I was 16, my father's job relocated our family to Florence, Italy, where the small K-12 American International School offered no performing arts courses at all. So my senior year, I convinced the school's headmaster (who also happened to be a film buff) to help me create a middle school Drama curriculum, which we would then teach together. I was so grateful for the opportunity to direct class shows and share the theater games I had learned as a Theater Major in Kentucky, that it hardly mattered that my suburban education had never included dancing on a yellow cab.
Having gained a larger worldview from my experiences abroad, I moved back to the U.S. to attend Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where I took an interest in sociology, psychology, guerrilla theater, and the avant-garde. I earned my BA in Acting, and the day after graduation, packed all of my earthly possessions into a small blue Dodge Neon and headed east, where I moved into an even smaller New York City apartment.
I went on to study acting for the camera at the School for Film and Television, and spent several years wandering the City in search of my big break.
In 2010 I discovered the The Barrow Group, where scene study masterclasses with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock fostered an artistic community of amazing professional actors, who would later form our own theater company, Core Artist Ensemble. In 2012 I became an Artistic Director of Core, and also a member of The Barrow Group’s FAB Women, dedicated to creating new theater For/About/By female playwrights, directors and actors. In addition to The Barrow Group, I've also made a creative home with Naked Angels, where any given Tuesdays@9 you might find me onstage, reading the latest work-in-development at New York's longest running cold reading series.