I grew up just outside of Chicago in a town called River Forest and attended Oak Park River Forest High School. They had a thriving theatre program that produced eleven shows a year. So my love for music, theatre, and the arts was developed through a cappella groups, writing music, acting in plays, dancing in musicals, and directing a show in the black box theatre.
I received a BFA in Acting at Syracuse University where I studied abroad in London at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and spent my final semester in the Tepper Semester program in NYC. In college, I found opportunities to sing and arrange a cappella music, choreograph for dance shows, play piano, attend multiple dance classes, and take voice lessons.
For the next five years, I moved back to Chicago and grew as a professional artist performing in Equity and non-Equity shows. Additionally, I toured to NYC, DC, and Scotland, worked as a teaching artist and educator, built and implemented theatre camp curriculums for camps in Nashville, Chicago, and California, and grew my own private voice studio of 30+ students around the Chicagoland area. I also made time for hikes, grilling with friends, and live music.
I then moved to Boston to get a Masters degree at Emerson College and get my theatre education certification. I music directed for curricular projects and a theatre for young audiences show with Kidding Around. I also interned at Central Square Theatre, taught private voice and piano, served on the Theatre Educators Graduate Association Board, led workshops for theatre artists, and worked as a preservice teacher at Winthrop High School in Winthrop, MA. Don't worry, I made time for hikes, cooking/baking, and live music.
On May 19, I will be directing a short piece for the 21st Boston Theatre Marathon with Boston Playwrights' Theatre. Then, I will be creating curriculum and teaching in Portland, Maine at Waynflete Academy. You can catch me on stage in Grease at the Public Theatre in June!