early experience & training

Growing up in Ohio, I wanted to be an actress from as young an age as I can remember.  At 13, I wrote a letter to a well-known director of a popular TV show, and suggested he write me into his series. (!!??)  Incredulously, he wrote back, advising me to get an education in theatre arts.  

I attended Ohio University's School of Theatre for two years, and then transferred to The California Institute of the Arts for my BFA. 

After graduating, I worked in commercials, industrials, and got my SAG card playing a secretary on television's Trapper John, MD, directed by....(yes!)... my director pen-pal, the late great Earl Bellamy

Later that year, I got my Equity card playing Helena in  A Midsummer Night's Dream with the amazing Ellen Geer. Though I was thrilled, I felt way out of my element.  The text felt like a straight-jacket. My voice was strained and I didn't know what to do with my body.   

Luckily, I was cast in another Shakespeare play soon after, and then another...and with the chance to keep jumping back into this material, I eventually started to develop some technique. And one day, I realized that I was acting on the line, and that the language felt integrated with my voice and body. The structure of the language that I had resisted, suddenly felt like a great support for my freedom of expression.  And I was hooked.

I returned to get my MFA many years later at George Washington University and The Shakespeare Theatre's Academy for Classical Acting in Washington DC.  Since then I have acted steadily in theatre, film, television, commercials and have found great joy in directing and teaching.