LIFE SO FAR
I wear a lot of different hats as a performing artist, teacher, choreographer and librettist . I like them for different reasons at different times. I have a pretty high tolerance for risk and I like Adventure. Apparently, I’m intense.
I was a competitive gymnast as a child. I dreamed of going to the Olympics but by age eleven, I grew too tall and then discovered plays and movie musicals.
I danced professionally for much of my Life. I was a soloist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for five seasons and a dancing soloist with the LA Opera for over a decade. I danced on Broadway and all over the world. I still dance. This skill expanded into teaching and choreography. I like teaching young dancers the best things I have learned. I like creating choreography that transports all of us into the story. I prefer to dance in a story.
I act onstage and on-camera. I got a lot of attention for being able to cry on cue in the junior high school play. I love stories and I love what they teach me about Life, Humanity and myself. I’ve performed at the Laguna Playhouse, The Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, the Mark Taper Forum, the Getty Villa, ICT (Long Beach) and the Hollywood Bowl. On Broadway, I originated the role of Anne in La Cage aux Folles and appeared in Victor/Victoria with Julie Andrews (who was amazing).
I’ve had the great honor to write original stories and lyrics for several short operas in collaboration with composer Eli Villanueva - commissioned and performed by LA Opera.
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