I blame my parents for my lifelong pursuit of a career in the arts. They pushed me, kicking and screaming, into ballet classes when I was four and I pursued it intensely for the next decade, going so far as to fashion my own pointe shoes out of ballet slippers with cut-out egg cartons shoved into the toes (I'll spare you the details but suffice it to say this was poor decision-making on my part). I peaked at the ripe old age of eleven when I got to perform in Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker, but by fourteen it became clear that I was not made to be a professional ballerina. "She's very musical," they told my parents, "she should go into music!" Fortuitously, I had also been playing both the piano and violin for years, but I hated practicing and my nerves manifest themselves in sweaty palms so there went that.
Clearly, the next step was to become an actress. How this came as any surprise to my parents is beyond me; I have been perfecting my british accent since I was seven and I used to perform my own renditions of inappropriate SNL skits for company. But my dance background got me cast in musicals and by doing musicals I learned that I loved to sing and act and the rest, as they say, is history.
I was born in Montreal but moved to Seattle when I was nine which meant I had access to an incredible arts community. My high school did not have a resident drama teacher so we hired local professionals, and during summers I performed with companies like Bellevue Youth Theatre and Village Theatre Kidstage. After I graduated high school I found myself at Willamette University on a theatre scholarship. My junior year I studied abroad at London's British American Drama Academy. Shortly after graduation I spent a summer being yelled at in Russian by faculty members of the Moscow Art Theatre School, and the following year I left for Dallas where I earned my M.F.A. in classical acting at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts. Lacking in training I am not.
After graduation I spent a glorious summer at a repertory theatre where I got to play Catherine in The Foreigner and Bianca/Lois Lane in Kiss Me, Kate and then made the Big Move to New York.
Since moving to New York I've been seen Off-Broadway in The Princess of Riverside Drive (Vital Theatre Company), and Welcome to America (New Worlds Theatre Project), and most recently have been delving into the world of film and new media.
All-time favorite roles include Ann in All My Sons, Masha in The Seagull, Claire in Proof, Ilona in She Loves Me, and my aforementioned roles in The Foreigner and Kiss Me, Kate. Give me a season in which I play the title roles in Evita and Hedda Gabler and I will die a happy woman.
My other interests include fashion & beauty, writing That Screenplay I've Been Working on for Years, yoga, New York Times Crossword Puzzles, and wearing red lipstick at any opportunity.