My experience started in local theatre with The Company Theatre and Curtain Call near my hometown. I knew I wanted to learn more about the craft of acting and I started studying privately with Karen Shepard. From there I went to New York to study with Michael Shurtleff, author of the book "Audition". I continued to work in theatre, television and film. From there I was accepted into the Trinity Rep Conservatory program where I worked on Trinity's main stage and student productions. At Trinity I graduated with my Equity card and started my career. As a member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA I had to go where the work was. Over the next 15 years I combined acting work with teaching Shurtleff's Audition Workshops and building stone projects as that is my family's trade. With my theatre, television and film experience I landed two national t.v. shows for HGTV, DIY and guest appearances on PBS. Traveling the country for 7 years with television I hosted 200 episodes to date. All the time teaching Audition and Scene study workshops whenever I was back home.
The classroom is one of my favorite places. It is where it all started for me. Actors not only need a supportive environment to take chances, fail and succeed but they also need to know how to survive in the business. I was very lucky to have studied with some wonderful teachers who demanded a strong work ethic and taught the practical tools of the trade.