From getting scolded for shouting, "JESUS CHRIST" in the hallways of a small town Ohio elementary school while singing "Nothing" from A CHORUS LINE, to watching FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and crying every New Year's Eve of high school, I grew up a well-adjusted child with a passion for the arts.
This passion led me to Northwestern University, where I majored in Theatre, minored in Creative Writing, completed the Music Theatre Certificate, and participated in the Music Theatre Choreography Module. I loved it. Go Catz!
Shortly after graduation, I moved to New York City, where I am pursuing a life in the arts!
At a very young age, I started performing as much as I could (think three Sound of Musics, three Annies). I was very lucky to grow up in such institutions as The Youngstown Playhouse, Easy Street Productions, Ballet Western Reserve and The New Castle Playhouse. Favorite hometown credits include: ...SPELLING BEE, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, EVITA, OLIVER, A CHORUS LINE, and HAIR.
At school, I was privileged to work with some amazing Chicago directors like Scott Weinstein, Nick Bowling, Geoff Button, Matt Hawkins, Rives Collins, and Katie Spelmen. Favorite college credits include: INTO THE WOODS, CABARET, SWEET CHARITY, and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH. I also had the opportunity to participate in workshops of new pieces with writers such as Suzan Zeder, Salzman and Cunningham, Larry Grossman, Kellen Blair, and Duane Poole.
Professionally, my credits include: Rob Ashford's CAROUSEL at Lyric Opera of Chicago and GYPSY at Music Theater Works in Wilmette, Illinois. I've also worked with Warner Brothers and the New Victory Theatre.
Currently, I'm playing Chava in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Off-Broadway at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.
I began choreographing when, for my high school senior dance recital, I didn't have time to rehearse with a teacher, so I just made it up myself.
As a freshmen at Northwestern, I assistant-choreographed The 83rd Annual Waa-Mu Show and discovered a delight in making things up and seeing them work onstage. I went on to choreograph student theatre productions of GYPSY, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, and BARE, as well as Pasek and Paul's JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE for the department. Senior year, in what can only be described as a thrilling full circle moment, I choreographed The 86th Annual Waa-Mu Show.
I studied choreography in the school's Music Theatre Choreography Module, led by Jeff Hancock, where I explored the ways in which movement can propel storytelling. Professionally, I worked with The Actors Gymnasium in 2017 to devise their Youth Circus adaptation of THE SILVER WHISTLE. I hope to expand my experiences in the future with dance captain and assistant choreographer jobs.
Theatre for young audiences (TYA)
As a student at Northwestern, I worked extensively in the TYA program, ImagineU. Studying under Rives Collins, I explored child development and the stunning benefits of the arts in young lives. It is crucial to talk to kids like they’re people—not only because it's important for their development—but because they are people. They are people who deserve good art. This may sound obvious, but too often theatre for children is condescending and obtuse. Ideally, a large portion of my life will be spent creating excellent, moving, truthful theatre for young audiences.
My interest in arts education developed side by side with my passion for TYA. Here in the city, I work with two companies that bring the performing arts into public schools: Broadway Bound Kids and Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre. I'm currently teaching tap, ballet, and jazz to kids ages 4-8. You can also catch me at the Children's Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side bringing the joys of art and culture to New Yorkers and visitors alike.