ABOUT (under construction)
let's tell the story.
We all have moments in life that pool the rug out and spin us around. Those challenges that force us to find our bearings and dig down and discover even more of who we are and who we want to be.
One of mine was having cancer at 16. After just over 2 years as a patient at the, celestial, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, I left for university solidly confused about what I wanted in my life.
During college I spent summers at Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp- another heavenly place for kids battling similar challenges that I had faced- many inspiring people and artists worked there. One day I watched a true storyteller by the campfire. It was then I knew, I would learn this craft. I would learn to tell stories so that I could be part of this simple human connection. This art which gives us permission to laugh, cry, be afraid, be amazed, and know we are not alone in this experience. Not ever. Stories help us feel that.
I wanted more.
I threw on a backpack and lived for over a year in Scotland and Ireland seeking storytellers. At festivals, in the pubs, in schools, on the street with musicians and many nights at the home of a gifted tinker (gypsy) and seanachie (storyteller). I learned. I learned to tell, to craft, and to perform. But I think most importantly, I learned to listen.
Still, I wanted more.
I wanted to be a part of stories bigger than I alone could tell. I wanted to tell stories with other people.
I studied at Acting at Dell Arte International School of Theatre. From there to Actor’s Avenue Studio. Then to private classes and coaches, I like to stay sharp in my craft. I watch, listen, and pray that I can authentically share. Actors, writers, directors, painters, accountants, landscapers, cashiers. I do not stop being moved and learning to tell stories
I look for the story, the connection in all forms of my work. From traditional storytelling to theatre, on camera, voice over, film, television, commercials, narration…all of it.
It is all story to me. So many colors of each unique story. I continue to learn how and when to use them, What each story wants regardless of form.
We are not alone. We are in this together.
Let’s tell the story.