I grew up in Elmira, New York, a vacation hotspot for the rich and famous (during the Victorian era). The oldest of 4 girls (I still feel sorry for my father), I’m the child of a thoracic surgeon (Dad) and an artist (Mom). I loved both science and the arts from a very early age, and I had a secret obsession with comedy. Around the age of nine, I’d sneak out of bed to watch “Monty Python”, “The Kids in the Hall”, and “Saturday Night Live, and to take notes on stand-up comedy shows on HBO (a groundable offense). In junior high, I began writing short stories and performing in school plays, and I continued writing and performing throughout high school. While in Elmira, I played Susan Langdon in “Mark Twain: The Musical” (produced by William Perry), and starred in “Himself and the Ladies” at Quarry Farm (where Mark Twain spent his summers writing. It’s very haunted).
During high school, I was thrilled to be accepted into the New York State Summer School of the Arts (first time away from home), where I studied acting in a conservatory setting. I then attended Cornell University (literally gorge-ous), where I majored in theater and appeared in several of the school’s Equity stage productions. I was fortunate enough to originate the role of Sabine in “The Most Massive Woman Wins” by Madeline George (now a brilliant playwight in New York), and to be directed by David Felsdhuh (brother of the illustrious Tovah Felshuh), and Beth Milles (Actor’s Gang Theater ).
After graduation, I studied with Gillian Eaton (from the Royal Shakespeare Company), Steven Black (from the Neighborhood Playhouse), and then booked leading and supporting roles in several Equity productions in upstate New York, Michigan, and Chicago. In Chicago, I discovered improv, and completed the conservatory program at the Second City, and performed in several Skybox Theater sketch shows (which the cast wrote together). After going on to complete the training programs at IO Chicago (played on a team there for about a year), and the Annoyance Theater, I moved California (because Chicago winters are brutal. My husband’s vehicle registration sticker shattered in a gust of arctic wind and blew away the winter before we moved).
I now reside in southern California with my husband and son (loves of my life). I divide my time between acting, improvising, writing, momming, and wifeing (I like to make up words). I’ve been accepted into the Writing Lab at The Groundlings (yeeehah!), and I teach improv classes and and coach improv teams. I just wrapped “Some Magnificent Thing”, a sketch revue directed by George Caleodis from Second City Hollywood. I’m improvising several times a week, doing everything from musical improv (liberating), to improvising in drag (even more liberating). Recent projects I’ve booked include “Thawed” (another sketch review that I co-wrote), a series regular role on “Duncan” (a comedic webseries about to begin filming) and a leading role in “You’re a Little Late (a seriocomic SAG short going to major film festivals this winter).