Where are you from? I was born and raised in Indiana. I graduated with my Bachelors degree from Purdue University, and after moved out to the Los Angeles, then later up to Seattle. After some years of living on the West Coast, I went to graduate school in Kansas City, Missouri at UMKC. Once I’d earned my MFA, I moved out to Chicago and have been living here for over five years.
Why did you land in Chicago? I spent time on the West Coast, and my husband grew up on the East Coast, so we felt that Chicago, being a big city with a wonderful arts scene that neither of us had experienced, would be a great place in the middle to move. It has proven to be just that!
How would you describe your coaching style? I believe in Self. What makes you an individual is what will connect you to a character and given circumstance in a truthful way. I believe that Acting is doing. If we understand what we want, we can make choices about how to get it. Those choices reveal our creativity at work. I like to see what each artist brings to the table, and I work to inspire them to think outside the box, within the circumstances of the material.
Where are you acting and directing? I regularly act in theatrical productions here in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. I founded Linchpin Theatre and as Co-Artistic Director, I act, direct, and produce. I also am a company and staff member of Oracle Theatre here is Chicago as well. I am always learning, always growing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.