Theater/Film/Song

 

I am an actress, a singer, and a some-time songwriter.

I was professionally trained by Carnegie-Mellon University’s brilliant acting program, having completed my BFA in 1983.  I am a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actor’s Equity.

After graduation, I worked various jobs to support my acting and lived and worked in New York City for a bit.  When I was offered a job with the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as a member of their Youth Tour, I happily took it.  At the time, touring around the eastern part of the country appealed to me, and the Merry-Go-Round was, and is, a good company doing quality work.  Over the years I have stayed connected with MGR doing musicals in the summer when asked, and a couple of years ago was honored with a SALT Award (Syracuse Area Live Theater Award) for Actress of the Season.

I have worked with various other companies over the years and performed in a wonderful indie film title “Dorian Blues,” written and directed by Tennyson Bardwell.  You can find it on Netflix.  I was also the assistant editor on another of Tennyson’s films called “The Skeptic” starring Tim Daly, Tom Arnold and Zoe Zaldana.  I have a song that I wrote and performed that is in this movie, and various other production credits as well.

Acting is a strong passion for me, and I hope to continue working and building my career.

My son Hank was born in 1990.  He is, of course, my primary passion and all roads lead to him.  Hank is physically challenged and has, I believe, benefitted greatly from my strong advocacy for him.  I have definitely benefitted from his incredible love, understanding, patience, sense of humor, grace, spiritual connection, and a cuteness factor that knows no bounds.

I feel blessed to have been able to keep my hand in the acting world while being Hank’s caregiver and advocate.  I don’t always know from where and when the work will come, and my need to provide for Hank on all levels makes me hesitant to lose that focus.   As he gets older and I am finding more people to hire as staff for him that I can trust, I am finding the doors of time opening, allowing me to pursue this passion more fully.

In closing, I would like to quote Sancho Panza from “Man of La Mancha.”  Sancho says, “Have faith and shuffle the cards.”  ‘nough said.