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Welcome!

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

 

I'm an actor, mezzo-soprano (or soprano with a solid bottom, as my voice teacher says), teaching artist, voiceover artist, historian, DIY-er, foodie, lover of coffee, cheese, and a great scotch, bookworm, and unashamed nerd based in Washington, DC, and in spring of 2022, became a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. 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 and screenwriter 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.

 

My first audiobook, a YA fantasy, is now available on Audible. As a theatre artist, I specialize in strong, spirited women who may look like ingenues, but are caught in dynamic 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 was a founding collaborator with Tradition Be Damned (TBD) Immersive, DC's first company dedicated entirely to immersive work, founded in 2016, and since 2021 have been studying classical and contemporary musical theatre voice with Dan Thaler of Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studio in New York City.

When Covid-19 closed the world down in 2020, my practice shifted towards training, solo work, and voiceover. I continued my training, fully remotely, with a remarkable international company of artists at the Shaw Festival in Ontario, and Zoom as a new medium allowed me to join podcasts and a variety of global livestreamed projects while moving my teaching artistry online, with students and castmates as far as Singapore, the UK, South America, and Israel.

In 2022, 5 weeks after joining SAG, I was cast by Tony-winning director and playwright George C. Wolfe in my first feature film role in RUSTIN, starring Colman Domingo and Audra McDonald, slated for release on Netflix in 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAVID TENNANT!

(AND MEEEEE)