Through the many hats I've worn, theatre is the platform, and the lens is voice--whether that be through providing the tools to finding one's voice and ability to confidently express one's thoughts by opening up one's sound and clarity of speech, or to produce plays and talk-backs after them that engage in conversation regarding social issues that were brought up in the play, or as an actress, investigating and revealing the life of a character, the work is exciting and full to be sure. I have been blessed to get to work with amazing people and I am forever curious about creating community, dialogue, and space to potentially help lift up the consciousness of humanity. To celebrate and share our voices. I have had my hands, my hears, my mind, my soul in conversations, productions, classrooms, meetings where that is made possible. I believe that as theatre artists, we have the opportunity to bring people together and ignite possibility, growth, and change. Theatre is that seeing place...and a hearing place.
I have worked professionally in the theatre world for over 20 years as an actress, a producer, a teacher, or administrator. Originally from East Texas, I now reside in Queens, NY with my husband of nearly 20 years. I first started producing in Austin, TX with my husband, where we founded the dirigo group and produced award winning productions for nearly 5 years. We then moved to NYC in 2004 where we eventually founded the Off-Broadway theatre company, Theatre East (ww.theatreeast.org) with which I serve as Associate Artistic Director. Theatre East focuses on community and simple storytelling and produces New York premieres. As an educator, I have worked with UT Austin, NYU Film, Pace University, Powerhouse Apprentice Training Program on the Vassar campus, and CAP 21. I am currently on faculty at Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where I am a part of the Voice & Speech department and also serve as a voice/dialect coach on productions. In addition to teaching and coaching, I am a part of the administrative team at Stella Adler, serving as Director of Teen Programs.
Theatre East, Associate Artistic Director
Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Voice & Speech Instructor/Director of Teen Programs
Member: Actors' Equity Association, Voice and Speech Trainers' Association, League of Professional Theatre Women
MFA, Acting; UT Austin
BFA, Performance; University of Oklahoma