I'm a classically trained AEA actor based in New York City. I've got an itch for adventure (running with the bulls in Spain, hanging off the CN Tower, a goal to run a race in all 50 states, weekly trapeze lessons, and a French Bulldog named Moose), a new marriage, a passion of history (especially Teddy Roosevelt and The Civil War era), a taste for fine bourbon, and a love of the Bard.
I grew up in Kentucky running amok amongst the bluegrass, playing soccer and baseball on all-boy teams. However, at age 10, when my thick accent was no longer cute, my family moved my younger brother and I to the frozen north: Kalamazoo, Michigan. I first attempted making friends in the “tundra” by auditioning for the HS production of “Cinderella.” I fell in love.
While sports and academics remained important to me as an overachieving nerd and sports fan, I started focusing on theatre: I got involved with forensics, speech and debate competitions, receiving perfect scores at several competitions and competing at the state level. I started performing at community theatres in the area. As a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to forgo my normal high school experience to attend Interlochen Arts Academy. I chose to go for it.
After a year of focusing on theatre and intense academics, I decided to study history and theatre performance in college, the world was my oyster as far as acceptance letters went. I chose The Hartt School in Connecticut. I tobogganed my way out of the tundra to the foreign eastern coast. My world opened up further with a study abroad program in England and lots of traveling in that semester throughout Europe; I prolonged the study abroad with a summer job managing a venue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. When I returned my senior year I was invited by Hartford Stage and Michael Wilson to join the casts of “A Christmas Carol” and “The Milktrain Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore” starring Olympia Dukakis. So my professional life in the theatre was off.
With a launch via Hartford Stage into my career, I quickly moved to New York and just as quickly packed back up to join the Shakespeare Theatre in DC for a year long internship.
Now I’m back in the apple, with a French bulldog I picked up along the way, and remain the perpetual student; I continue to study theatre and history in New York while also continuing my athletic inclinations running competitively for charity (multiple half marathons and now training for a marathon!). I started new endeavors such as exploring a career in stunts, studying with Bob Cotter at Hollywood Stunts. I recently went to the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg and running with the bulls in Spain and climbing volcanoes in Italy, working with elephants in Thailand and white water rafting upstate. I picked up the ukulele and the trumpet again after 10 years just to keep things interesting. My life continues to get interesting.
Of course none of this could be done without the extreme support of my parents and brother, amazing husband, friends and teachers from all corners of the world and improbable places, and people who took a chance and believed in a bluegrass girl.
NYC Half Marathon
White Water Rafting Moose River Adirondacks, NY
BOOKED: "One More Time with Malice" by Rob Cardazone directed by Eric Nightengale
BOOKED: "The Reckless Season" by Lauren Ferebee directed by Dominic D'Andrea
BOOKED: "Crossing the Line" with The Mother Line Project
CALL BACK: "The Reckless Season" with Boomerang Co.
UPDATE: "August in the City" is storming festivals: New Haven, San Diego, Las Vegas, Oslo, Long Beach, San Diego, Canada, New York Film Festival, SoHo and CANNES!
I am currently taking classes with Scott Freeman
BOOKED: "Dragon Murder Case" a new play reading
BOOKED: "ATTACK! of the Killer Man From the Sun" a new play reading with Hamlet Isn't Dead
BOOKED: Marie in "August in the City" a short film
BOOKED: A night of scenes with The Shakespeare Society playing Holofernes from "Love's Labour's Lost"
I am currently taking scene study classes with Wynn Handman
CALL BACK: "You Are Perfect" a new play, for the role of Susan Atkins at the Workshop Theater Co.
CALL BACK: "Gordy Crashes" directed by Sherri Eden Barber, Cast by Christene McKenna
BOOKED: A short film "Thank You For Syncing" with Guerilla Coast Pictures
BOOKED: A night of new monologues with The Boomerang Theatre company
BOOKED: Commercial with Pretty Damn Sweet Productions for "Smartstones"
BOOKED: Olivia and Sir Simon Sickencheeck in "Twelve Nights" by Sean Graney, NYC premiere
BOOKED:"True Crime with Aphrodite Jones" Episode 501 as Cassie: the murder victim's wife...Did she do it?
CALL BACK: "Damaged Goods" short film, Melissa: the put upon assistant
I am currently taking on-camera classes with Jason Buyer and the Casting Playhouse
CALL BACK: Nashville Shakespeare's Viola in "Twelfth Night" and Rosalind in "As You Like It"
CALL BACK: Hermia in "Midsummer" and "Love's Labour's Lost" with Boomerang Theatre Co.
CALL BACK: Ducan Stewart and Co. for Miranda in "The Tempest" dir. by Aaron Posner
BOOKED: Sir Andrew Aguecheek and the Captain in an all female "Twelfth Night"
CALL BACK: Manhattan Shakespeare Company's all female "Twelfth Night"
BOOKED: The role of Orlando in Oxford Shakespeare Company's all female "As You Like It"
BOOKED: Featured Extra work on "All My Children"
I am currently taking Advanced Scene Study with Austin Pendleton at HB Studios who said my work is "Spectacular"
CALL BACK: Love's Labour's Lost with The Shakespeare Forum
BOOKED: Commercial for "Dr. Shrink"
BOOKED: Comedy Central pilot pitch "Wired"
CALL BACK: Bryony Lavery’s new play “Dirt” at the Studio Theatre in D.C.
I am currently taking film classes with Tim Phillips
Congrats to the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Tony Award recognition, where I did my internship!
Running with the bulls Pamploma, Spain
Witty Comedy Clip/ The Newsroom
Dramatic Clip/ Law & Order: SVU
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