Who am I anyway? Am I my resume?

Iconic words from A Chorus Line and a bit of a conundrum for many actors, including me. Well, the answer is, I hope I’m more than the sum of the parts I’ve played, but there's no doubt that theater and dance have shaped my life.

Growing up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, not only did I learn a strong work ethic from my industrious parents (and a love for the Pittsburgh Steelers), but I learned to dance. A full scholarship at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater lead to an apprenticeship with the company, then principal and soloist roles in ballet companies all over the country.

Personal roads then took me right back where I started, when I took a teaching position at Point Park College (now Point Park University) in Pittsburgh for two years. But the performance bug was still biting, so I decided to audition for Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Luckily, I got into the ensemble and fell in love with musicals. Ballet was still my passion, though, and when I was offered the opportunity to join the Los Angeles Ballet, I decided to quit my job at the college and move to LA.

About a week after I got to California, the ballet company folded, leaving all of us stranded. I didn't have a job, I was in a new city, my car had blown up when driving it across the country, and there would be no openings in ballet companies for a full year. I started auditioning for musicals. At one point, I was down to $200 in my bank account, when I won the showcase on The Price is Right, and that sustained me until I booked my first big job, Sunset Boulevard, produced by Livent in Toronto and Vancouver. Livent also cast me in Ragtime, which brought me to New York and was my first Broadway show.

My life came full-circle when I was able to bring ballet and musical theater together, starring as “Laurey” in the Broadway company of Oklahoma!being the first American stage actress to dance her own dream ballet.

My love for musicals has brought me to a love for acting, and in the past few years, I’ve been in several plays and a couple of films, including originating the role of “Sally” in the world premiere off-Broadway play, What We Wanted, and my favorite role to date, “Rosemary Muldoon” in Outside Mullingar at Pioneer Theater in Salt Lake City. Continued study with Karl Bury and Larry Moss keeps this love alive.

I hope you enjoy exploring this website and I thank you for taking the time to visit. I’ll update things from time to time.

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