Experience & Training
Here's the acting resume. You'll find mostly classics, and that I'm a character type. (Antigone, not Iphigenia.) Smart women off the beaten path. Think Parker Posey, Jane Adams and Mary Louise Parker.
More bio information below for the devoutly curious.
Bio of a Lifer
I have been performing and writing, pursuing virtuosity in everything I do, forever.
As a youth performer, I was highly active with the Port Washington Play Troupe, New York State's oldest amateur theater company (founded 1927) which first developed performers like Jon Goldstein (Drake & Josh), Eaddy Mays (Teen Wolf) and the late filmmaker John Fasano (Another 48 Hours, Tombstone). My love of mostly choral singing delivered me to musicals and the desire to become a soloist.
I studied English and Theater at Mount Holyoke College, then moved to Chicago with six fellow artists to found Division 13 Productions, a non-profit theater company that produced in both Chicago and New York (under Artistic Director Joanna Settle) over the course of nearly 10 years. Our work lives on in the academic texts Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage (University of California Press) and The World of Theatre: Tradition and Innovation (Pearson Education, Inc.).
It was after this incredible, deeply formative period that I pursued my Acting MFA at the California Institute of the Arts, ranked by Newsweek/The Daily Beast as America's top college for students in the arts. I didn't miss my chance to study in the music school as well, taking classes in voice and theory.
It was at CalArts that I explored on-camera acting for the first time (including co-writing and starring in the comedy short Darla) and began developing my solo performance, VIOLETTE, VIOLETTE, now a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). VIOLETTE, VIOLETTE debuted at the Obie Award-winning Bushwick Starr and has toured to the Chekhov International Theatre Festival.
In 2011, I became the lead singer of retro Latin and R&B band Willie and the Wolves, and in 2018, I joined Bell Helium, a soul-rock-jazz fusion band that will release its debut album in the winter of 2019. Other singing projects have included a year of residency at Harlem's Shrine World Music Venue with the James Beaudreau Band, variety-night performances with Solomon Hoffman (founder of The Songwriter's Orchestra) and backing vocals for the Wayne Brown Band.
Back in 2014, I became a teaching artist for the first time, embracing (as in full-body embracing) the role of Adjunct Professor of Acting at Essex County College in NJ. Everything you hear about teaching is true: you learn as much from your students as you ever, ever teach them.
And lest I get bored, I work regularly as a writer on both creative and corporate projects.
My agent nailed it in our first meeting. She listened to all that and said, "You like to keep busy."