ACT I: From Big Band to Broadway
Born and raised in sunny SoCal, I first drank the Big Apple Kool-Aid in the 5th grade while playing tourist and sitting in the front row of Cats. I graduated from Pepperdine University with my degrees in Theater & Telecommunications (Minors in World Religion and Philosophy) and within a year I was cast as a lead vocalist in a Big Band show in Japan. This allowed me to save money and move into a fourth floor walk-up with no windows in Hell’s Kitchen. Also known as: livin’ the dream.
My first love was musical theatre, and I was a happy hoofer in regional productions including Singin' In The Rain, Crazy For You, and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.
But a funny thing really did happen when I made my Broadway debut in a Tony-nominated world premiere drama called Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies and directed by Daniel Sullivan. I was the Broadway understudy for both Laura Linney and Alicia Silverstone, following the world premier at The Geffen Playhouse wherein I understudied Alicia Silverstone and Anna Gunn.
ACT II: Beyond The Stage
Long story short, I took a sabbatical for a few years to see what else the world had in store. I traveled to 50 countries on six continents, dabbled in entrepreneurship, created a career as an impresario and advocate for the humanities, and gave talks around the country including my TEDx talk on philosophy as the life-hack of the future.
In 2018 I started a live show and podcast called The Happier Hour: Philosophy To Help Life Suck Less.
ACT III: Back In The Business
But as they say, you can take the girl out of acting, but you can't take acting out of the girl. My heart is most at home on stage and on set.
Since my recent return to acting, I've been studying with Method acting teacher Tony Greco, perfecting my accents with dialect coach Amanda Quaid, brushing up my Bard with Shakespeare & Company, and honing my voice-over chops with Andy Roth.
I'm also working on turning my first one-act play, which debuted at the Inge Festival, into my first full-length play.
I currently study Russian at Fluent City. I speak conversational Spanish, and a little German, French, and Japanese
As of January 2019 I’m pursuing my Masters in Creative Writing and Literature at Harvard University Extension School
I’m an only child
I was blonde for most of my life until I doubled for Amy Adams in Julie & Julia and when I showed up on set Nora Ephron told me never to go back. I listen to Nora
I love my bourbon with one rock or as a Manhattan up, and my coffee black
Some of my favorite countries I’ve travelled: Ethiopia, Myanmar, Lithuania, Australia, Macedonia
I’m an ENFP (although I’m borderline INFP) and a Pisces (with Scorpio moon and Aquarius rising so I’m, like, so, emotional)
I previously paid my bills as the stand-in and photo double for dozens of actresses including Amy Adams, Kate Winslet, and Naomi Watts
I live in the East Village and am desperately trying to figure out how to keep a plant alive
I can recite every color in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.