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B.F.A. in Drama
Favorite Memory of T&D:
Curtain call of a circus themed show for which I perfected a banana jump. The whole show was great, great fun. Also jazz classes with Lathan Sanford — amazing.
Influential Professors or Classes:
Betsey Shevey taught a great acting class and was a wonderful champion of mine. And of course, Ruth Denney: she was a great, great encouragement to me.
Currently Living In:
Los Angeles, California
Working actor. I have the best job in the world.
I was accepted for graduate study at Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut.
While pursuing my master of fine arts degree at Yale, I appeared at Yale Repertory Theater as a student, working with Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka in the world premiere of his work A Play of Giants and creating the role of Molly in Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play Joe Turner's Come and Gone. I went on to play Molly in productions at the Huntington Theater in Boston, Massachusetts (while still a student), Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and the Old Globe in San Diego, California.
Upon graduation from Yale, I moved to New York City and Joe Turner opened on Broadway. I was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress and for the Drama Desk Award. Immediately after that, I commenced work on my first feature film, The Abyss, directed by James Cameron.
Since then, I've worked on many features: World Trade Center directed by Oliver Stone, Guess Who with Bernie Mac, The United States of Leland with Don Cheadle, K-Pax with Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges, Sam I Am with Sean Penn, Downtown with Forest Whitaker, Falling Down with Robert Duvall, The Waterdance, Drop Zone, Batman Forever with Val Kilmer, Lepers, In Quiet Night, The Velocity of Gary with Salma Hayek and Vincent D'Onofrio, Impostor, The Brothers, Touched with Jenna Elfman, and multiple projects directed by Joel Schumacher including Batman and Robin with George Clooney, The Client with Susan Sarandon and Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.
My television credits include guest star appearances on Everybody Loves Raymond, Will & Grace, Wonderfalls, Providence, Once and Again, Strong Medicine, Touched by An Angel, NYPD Blue, Any Day Now, The Practice, Sister Sister, Chicago Hope, MacGyver, ER and my first television job on A Man Called Hawk. I recurred as "Greta" on 7th Heaven, social worker "Carla Turner" on Family Law, "Alderwoman Teresa Davis" on Soul Food, the feisty secretary "Lucille" on The Commish and on Medium with Rosanna Arquette.
My first love is the theatre: I have played "Mrs. Muller" in Doubt, the "Servant" in the world premiere of Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty's play The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler; the "Stage Manager" in Our Town at South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, California; "Decia Brutus" in Julius Caesar, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, California; "Adriana" in The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare & Co.; "May" in Going to St. Ives, Salt Lake Acting Company, Salt Lake City, Utah; "Rita" in A Girl's Guide to Chaos, Tiffany Theatre, Los Angeles; "Walda (Oswald)" in Lear, Mabou Mines, New York City; the Gorky Art Theatre in the role of "Antigone" in internationally acclaimed production of The Gospel at Colonus, directed by Lee Breuer; and "Mrs. Webb" in Our Town and a reprise of the role I created in The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I've spent five summers at Sundance Playwrights/Theatre Lab in the acting company, participated in the Southern Writers Project at Alabama Shakespeare Festival as well as serving as a board member and actor in Wordbridge Playwrights Lab at Eckerd College in Florida, encouraging and championing new plays and playwrights.