unedited photo (c) Teresa Castracane 2015

Party trick story 1: I also actually met "my" Doctor once. IT WAS AWESOME.

DAVID TENNANT!

(AND MEEEEE)

Welcome!

I love stories - reading them, telling them, making them, being in them.

 

I'm a Washington, DC - based actor, mezzo-soprano, teaching artist, voiceover artist, historian, DIY-er, foodie, lover of coffee, cheese, and a great scotch, bookworm, and unashamed nerd. I get told I look uncannily like Winona Ryder a lot and I think she's pretty great - so I'm rolling with it.  I count Doctor Who and Firefly as the two scifi greatest shows ever made, and Neil Gaiman as the greatest scifi writer. I'm also an obsessive medievalist. It's my favorite historical era, and when all my worlds collide with with it, I geek out - sit me down and read me Chaucer and you've got a new friend. I'm also happy to say I've met my acting heroes and will share my geeky fangirl stories as a party trick.

I'm one of those rare people actually native to DC - I was  born and raised there.  It's where I discovered theatre and where I  learned there's cool TV Americana in my family that we like to giggle over. A cousin was the late radio and TV actor Billy Idelson, recurring star Herman Glimscher on The Dick Van Dyke Show, who also wrote for The Twilight Zone and The Andy Griffith Show (not that I expect this to ever get me anywhere...).

 

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Purchase College, SUNY, with a double major in Theatre and Medieval History/Literature (there's that Chaucerian again!), my big loves. In addition to acting I spend many of my days as a licensed elementary school substitute teacher and teaching artist, and can usually be found with a cup of coffee or three, snuggling an animal somewhere, often as a volunteer for rescue and foster organizations in the DC area (or my rescue Maine Coon, Jocelyn), or in a boxing gym.

 

I'm also a professional audiobook narrator, with my first book for Audible, a YA fantasy, currently in pre-production. As a theatre artist, I specialize in strong women who look like ingenues, but are caught in power struggles with rich, complex inner histories.  I've had the privilege of originating multiple new works with several of DC's new emerging playwrights, many of which have gone on to be fully produced and published - DC playwright Patrick Flynn's The Ferberizing of Coral, in which I originated the roles of Coral aged 8 and 17, was published in Samuel French's Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays, 43rd Series in August 2019. I'm also a four-season company member with 42nd Street Singers, a professional costumed, a capella Christmas Caroling group founded in 2011, and a regular collaborator with Tradition Be Damned (TBD) Immersive, DC's first company dedicated entirely to immersive work, founded in 2016. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Proof of nerd-dom: this is me in Cardiff inside a TARDIS from Doctor Who)

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