My career has spanned several decades as a director, teacher and actress.
As a child, I fell in love with music and dance, studied ballet and jazz, choreographed dances for my friends and addictively watched movies.
Coming back to New York after college, I studied acting with Stella Adler, went to London to study Shakespeare and played in theaters in the city and around the country, in such plays as The Miracle Worker, Antigone, Lovers and Other Strangers, Ah, Wilderness and The Country Wife.
In the early 1990s, no longer gripped with the desire to act, I found two new loves -- directing and teaching.
With my first experience as a director in 1992, I found my best role. The exploration and mining of text, the process of collaborating with actors and designers to bring a play to life for an audience was fulfilling in a way performing never had been. I soon was directing plays ranging from Sophocles to Neil Simon.
In the mid-1990s, I became a teaching artist in the New York City public schools, working with students from K-12. I went back to school, and received a Master of Arts in Educational Theater from New York University. In my programs, I teach performance skills, and use theater and the other arts as a way to teach core academic subjects, and to address social, interpersonal and intrapersonal themes and issues.
In 1997, I became a teaching artist and workshop leader on the roster of the Kennedy Center's Education Department. I lead professional development workshops for teachers and conduct classroom residencies nationwide.
From 1999-2004, I became a fulltime teacher in the Drama Department at La Guardia High School for Music, Art and the Performing Arts (aka "The Fame School) in Manhattan. Here I combined both teaching (acting technique, scene study, Shakespeare, play analysis, improvisation, etc.) and directing (Stage Door, You Can't Take it With You, Look Homeward, Angel), and worked with talented students, faculty and designers.
In 2006, I received a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Brooklyn College.
I am currently working as both a director and educator, developing several new programs and projects.