About Me

I realized I was an actor when cast as Ms. Snell in the highly successful St. Ann’s School 1st Grade Christmas Play. Ms. Snell was the manager of a toy store.  I wore pristine, short white gloves, kept my hands folded, and acted very demurely while running a tight ship. By digging into character, I was immediately seduced into the endless exploration of the human condition.

Being asked to play Ms. Snell also brought with it big responsibility. I accepted it gladly and gratefully.  I still believe responsibility, joy and gratitude to be the more important traits I possess as an actor.

Two decades later, I was playing Joan of Arc in JOAN in Scranton, PA.  We performed the 90 minute piece in an old Masonic lodge with carved wooden pews on three sides, part theatre, part sermon.  One particular night, my sight focused on a few guests sitting stage left: two couples, the men dressed in ties, the women lovely in blouses and necklaces.  I realized: “A date night – and they chose to come and spend it with us!” I felt honored, and in my heart I dedicated the rest of my performance to them.  After the show, to my great delight, they sought me out, to talk, ask questions, offer applause. They were brimming with excitement.

I think about that evening a lot.   To be a vessel that invites someone to ENGAGE…maybe to inspire smiles or fear, inquiry or epiphany, a new perspective or even just a new thought.  I can’t think of a more worthy pursuit.

Some people describe me as “intense”, “passionate”, or a “brainy old-soul.”  Just as easily as others use “goof”, “screwball” or  “comedienne”.  For all my saturnine practicality, I also have a guileless fascination with the countless possibilities in our uni-verse, our one continuous song.  Every day I ask myself, “Still want to spend your creative life tweaking your natural traits, imagining new people in specific contexts, in order to investigate this crazy mystery that we – whether we like it or not – are consumed with?”

I think so. I’m keeping at it.