Once Upon A Time 🙂
I was born and raised in Cincinnati. I got my first taste of television when I got the chance to be a student in an after school special and spent the week wandering the halls of school in saddle shoes and bobby socks. Then I saw Star Wars. Since I couldn’t live in a galaxy far, far, away, I wanted to do the next best thing…pretend to. I went on to earn a BFA in theatre performance from Miami University. For two seasons I appeared in Ashland University’s Summer Theatre Program, performing in “Oklahoma”, “Cabaret”, “See How they Run”, “The Foreigner”, the tap dancing Bonnie in “Anything Goes”, and the lovesick Miss Ritter in “She Loves Me”. I then worked at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati for two years, earning my Actors Equity Card. I played the Marilyn Monroe character in Arthur Miller’s “After The Fall”, which was directed by his daughter Rebecca. I received rave reviews and an upset stomach when the curtain was held for over an hour for the author’s attendance. I followed that up with a performance in the seasonal pantomime “Little Red Riding Hood” as the singing and dancing Red. While in Cincinnati, I did numerous commercials, industrials, print ads, and plays. Selling everything from Ice Cream to Ceiling Fans. Trying to escape the cold winter months in Ohio, I ventured to Florida to do a season’s worth of singing and dancing in a musical themed supper club.
In 1995, I moved to Los Angeles and began studying with Alice Carter and later, Cameron Thor at their studio. I originated the role of Susan in Clifton Campbell’s “Dead Cat Bounce”, and Julie in “Life As We Know It” by David J. Nash. Also at the studio, I played Effie in “Life & Limb”, Leah in “Trust”, and Sue in “Bash”. I then became a member of two theatre companies (Company of Angels, and Theatre Neo), where I played Gale in “Life During Wartime”, Mona in “The Disposal”, Persephone in “XXX Love Act”, and was the on stage foley artist in an award winning production of “The Voice of the Prairie”. I had the great pleasure of originating the roles of Serena in the play “Brother Jones” by writer Garth Stein (“The Art of Racing In The Rain”), and Josephine in the play “Arlington” by writer Gary Michael White (“Scarecrow”). In addition to acting, I have had the opportunity to design costumes and sound for several productions. I appeared on the ABC show “Mistresses”, and several small independent films, including, “Nog”, “Something Blue”, and “The Craving”. I had the great fortune of meeting members of the Blacksheep Squadron who cast her in 3 episodes of the Star Wars fan epic “I.M.P.S. The Relentless”. I voiced Sargent Xuan Kaletka in Davenport Gateway”, wore the armor in “Norca System”, and was an Imperial Officer in “Rhymes with Maintenance”.
After returning to Cincinnati in 2015, I appeared in the annual Fringe Festival, and even got the chance to do TrueTheatre’s storytelling show, talking about what I wanted to be when I grew up (hint…it rimes with Car Stores :). I worked on the Sony Television show, “Outsiders” with director John Amiel, and the Amazon pilot “College” by Marja-Lewis Ryan. I just recorded my first audiobook, “The Big Ol Bike” by Rachael Clarke (available on Audible). That about brings you up to date! Like many actors, I’ve converted a closet to a booth to do more at home voice over work (in response to the covid-19 pandemic), while taking care of my parents and homeschooling my anime obsessed 14 year old! Thanks for stopping by!
True Theatre Asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up