A brief history.
I was born in New York and moved to London when I was nine months old. I was so young that I wasn't strong enough to hold up my own head so for my passport picture my dad had to sit in the bottom of the photo booth and prop my head up. It's a gem. I lived in London and the Channel Islands, almost making a move to Germany, but settling back to London instead. I had American parents but two passports and an English accent that made me feel very British. However, as my eldest sibling reached college age the request was made for us to all attend American universities so that my parents could move back to the U.S. without leaving any of us behind. Ultimately, we obliged, and soon I was living in the US for the first time since I was nine months old - this time holding my own head up.
Boston was first. I had this great red jacket I use to wear, but after accidentally wearing it on the same day of the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and my friends started whooping in delight shouting, "the Redcoats are coming!" it was promptly retired. I attended Tufts University where I received my B.A. in drama and in Spanish, graduating Cum Laude. I now also have an unnatural attachment to elephants. Go Jumbos!
Chicago then followed.
Career highlights include:
- Attending the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's School at Steppenwolf summer conservatory. A ten-week, ensemble-based training program.
- Workshopping and performing Martín Zimmerman's On the Possibility of Romancing a Stone; a beautiful and haunting story of a woman who falls in love with a boulder.
- Working with Melbourne based group One Step at a Time Like This on their production of En Route, both at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and London's Theatre Royal Stratford East as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
- Filming Stephen Cone's Black Box starring Austin Pendleton and Josephine Decker.
Personal highlights include:
- Picking up aerial arts as a hobby. I took classes at the Actors Gym and learnt Silks, Lyra, Trapeze, and Spanish Web amongst various other acrobatic and circus skills.
- Volunteering at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County. I served as an advocate for children in foster care.
D .C. that is, Washington, D.C. was next where I went to attend the verbosely named The Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University, where I earned my master's of fine arts in classical acting.
- Text and Speech
- Stage Combat
- Alexander Technique
- IPA Training
- Michael Kahn
- Gary Logan
- Ellen O'Brien
- Edward Gero
- Floyd King
- Ethan McSweeny
- Rob Clare
- Rod Menzies
- Roberta Stiehm
- Lisae Jordan
- Dody DiSanto
- Isabelle Anderson
- Chris Cherry
- Brad Waller
- Leslie Jacobson
The year culminated in two full productions directed by Robert Richmond and Eleanor Holdridge.
Eventually I landed here, in NY. Had I planned this better I would have moved to a city that began with "E".
Frisco Bay was a brief detour, but they don't like it when you call it that. San Fran is ok but S.F. is better. I spent 3 months there performing in Ondine at the National Park District's Sutro Baths with the site-integrated theatre group We Players.
Glad to be back in NYC, keep your eyes on my updates page for more of what I'm up to.