I started acting in musicals at the age of 10 (The Artful Dodger, Oliver!) and, save for a few pauses along the way, haven't stopped. My professional acting history is largely in theater but I've added film/television/commercial work more recently and begun print modeling as a middle aged woman (oddly enough). I've sung jazz since college and write/perform my own music (indie/folk), mostly for my cat and a slim section of YouTube audiences.
Favorite roles in regional theaters include Eva Peron (Evita), Clairee Belcher (Steel Magnolias), Elaine (Five Women), Aunt March (Little Women), Dogberry (Much Ado About Nothing) and Dr. Livingstone (Agnes of God). My comic/improv chops are as strong as my dramatic. Although I'm a very physical actor (Peter Pan understudy in my mid-forties), I am frequently cast as the older, upscale/aristocratic, intimidating: "bitch-with-a-heart-of-gold" type. That's what I look like, I guess; what I AM like is Liz Lemon (i.e., I would use a scented candle for deoderant in a pinch).
I've filled out my performance life with 2 years of Peace Corps Service, masters degrees in theater and clinical psychology, raising a salt-of-the-earth young man, and professions as a teacher and therapist. I am service oriented--it's the former Catholic in me--and volunteer for Musicians On Call and Meals on Wheels.
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- Vocal styles: Broadway, jazz, blues, folk, originals
- American Sign Language, French, Swahili
- Accents: American (NY, LI, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Deep South, Appalacian), British, French, German, Russian.