Hello, and thanks for coming to visit! Let me tell you a little bit about myself...
I'm a proud native of Green Bay, Wisconsin and began my theatrical career at the ripe age of 11 playing the title role in Annie at the Theatre on the Bay.
(Can you see the wide eyed optimism in that little budding actress?)
From there, my love of performing only grew. I was a member of the celebrated Kids From Wisconsin for two summers while in high school and then went on to receive 2 degrees from Millikin University, which were a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. I spent my college summers performing at Walt Disney World, Six Flags Great America, and then twice as a company member of Music Theatre of Wichita. After my college graduation, I decided it was New York or bust. So I packed a couple of suitcases and got myself a ticket to New York, with a return in one months time if I felt it just wasn't for me. (Oh, that naiveté still makes me chuckle.) Well, thankfully I didn't have to use that return ticket because I booked my very first professional show Off Broadway five days after I landed. It was Radio Gals at the John Houseman Theatre, and I've been here in NY ever since.
After 10 years in the city, (well, in and out of the city as I worked all over the country regionally), I made my Broadway debut in the Tony nominated revival of Sweeney Todd. That was shortly followed by Company, Love Musik and then a hop over to New York City Opera to play Paquette in Candide. Both Love Musik and Candide introduced me to the legendary director Hal Prince. I toured the country with Sweeney Todd, performed regionally a bit once again and returned to the Broadway stage in Lincoln Center's production of War Horse as the Song Woman.
I was very fortunate during that time to land a national television commercial for prescription Nexium and to also have a lovely scene co-starring next to Tom Sellek on Blue Bloods as a reporter conducting a one-on-one interview.
In 2014, I played Marjorie Taylor in Classic Stage Company's production of Allegro, directed by John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company). You can imagine my absolute elation when I was told the incredible news that I had been nominated for a Lucille Lortel award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. Marjorie was such a special role and Allegro such a special show, I am honored to have been recognized for my part in it.
I was thrilled to reprise my 2008 role as Paquette in New York City Opera's 2017 production of Candide, once again directed by Hal Prince. Later that fall, I had the good fortune of singing the role of the feisty Vera Donovan in NYCO's New York premier of Dolores Claiborne, composed by Tobias Picker. Peppered between the two and since I've had great fun helping to develop new works of musical theatre by some of our industry's brightest up-and-coming playwrights and composers.
And now, I continue on with whatever exciting adventure awaits!