Classically trained as an actor and singer I have performed roles from Helena in Midsummer Night's Dream to Heather in Green Day's American Idiot and in a wide range of shows from Carousel to Medea. I found a niche working on new musicals and originated several roles at regional theaters in the Seattle area including the 5th Avenue Theater through NextFest, Seattle Children's Theater, Taproot Theater where I originated two characters in Persuasion, and Village Theater, where I originated the leading role in A Proper Place. I was the swing for all six female roles in the Tony-award winning musical Come From Away in its run as a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theater as well as for all three women in Assassins at 5th Avenue Theater/ACT Theater, and up next all three female characters in Ride the Cyclone at 5th Avenue Theater/ACT again. Before moving to Seattle, I worked on the east coast at Hangar Theater for their shows in repertory, Open Space Cafe Theater in North Carolina, and Hamilton Theater in Ohio before being on tour with Missoula Children's Theater. I won the Pearl award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for my work as Belle in DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and the Orchid Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for my work at Jo March in BROADWAY'S LITTLE WOMEN. In Seattle, for my first role as Nellie in FLOYD COLLINS I won the Footlight Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, and was nominated for the Gypsy Rose Lee Awards for for the same award for my work as Nellie and also the following year as Jetta in ANGRY HOUSEWIVES with ArtsWest Playhouse. I've received nominations for the Gregory awards by peoples' choice voters for my work as Lady Mary in A PROPER PLACE with Village Theater, Sandra Bloom in BIG FISH with Taproot Theater, Suzy in BUZZER at ACT/Ethereal Mut, and Heather in AMERICAN IDIOT. As a member of the Ensemble of Stu For Silverton with Intiman Theater we received a Footlight award for Best Ensemble.
I graduated magna cum laude from Elon University with my BFA in Music Theater with a minor in leadership and concentration in directing. In addition to assisting directors at regional theaters including Hangar Theater, I have directed several new plays and adaptations with professional actors as the LAB company asst. director at Hangar and with professional and young professional actors as a freelance director in Seattle, WA. As an educator, I've taught ages three to twenty-three in exploratory drama classes to college-preparatory acting courses for the past four years as both a freelance teaching artist in schools and with theater companies like Seattle Children's Theater, Seattle Opera, Village Theater Kidstage, Missoula Children's Theater, and Studio East.
Using my leadership training, I founded several drama programs (in schools, such as KAPKA, churches such as Horizon Youth Ministry, and even helped Couer d'Alene Summer Theater re-design their education programming) which I believe contributed to my current labor of love as the dramatic arts program developer for a research-education LLC called foundry10. In my time at foundry10 I have expanded the program by 300%, hosting programing using theater arts in the classroom all over the city of Seattle along with my staff of professional teaching artists. With foundry10, I've presented and led workshops at several International Education Conferences including The IERG in Canada and The Clute Institute in New York City.
While continuing my acting career, I am exploring directing new material in the Seattle area and am currently developing several of my own new musicals that I've been collaborating on since moving to the area. When not in the theater I can be found building fires at the beach with people who make me laugh, worrying my mother by snowboarding too intensely, and probably hanging out around church.