Hello! Thank you for visiting my site. I hope your visit leads to an artistic collaboration of some kind. My journey started when I was five years old. My father was an artist, a brilliant abstract painter who painted huge works that hung all over our house, while my mother worked furiously writing her published books. My father was the head of the Art Departments of various colleges and, from the age of five, whenever a college would put on a play that needed a kid, he would get me in. I doubt he realized how profoundly the fantastical world he was introducing me to would influence the rest of my life.
So, my father painted, and my mother, a published author, wrote. My brother also became a published author, and my sister an artist. I guess you could say that writing, acting, art is in my blood, as everyone I've ever loved is in my soul. Or, as Joni Mitchell, my eternal muse, sang, “I remember the time you told me, you said ‘Love is touching souls,’ well surely you’ve touched mine, because a part of you pours out of me, in these lines from time to time."
I continued acting all through school, kicked around Boston for a few years and then moved to New York City to train in the best acting studio I could get into. I was blessed to be accepted into the William Esper two-year Meisner training program and followed that up with two years of Meisner scene study with Joanne Baron. She opened her own acting school, and I ran it for five years – sitting in on every class for all those years. It also involved moving to L.A. with her, where I got my SAG card, an agent and learned how to drive. It turned out that was a very useful skill in L.A.
And all along, there was the playwriting. As a child, I had started writing these little plays, and for my eighth birthday, I unwrapped a light blue typewriter. I never thought about the plays too much until one day an actor friend of mine asked if he could use one to showcase himself to his theatre company. The next day, The Group Repertory Theatre of North Hollywood called me up and asked me to become a member as a playwright. This staggered me. I had never even thought about it before. They ended up producing that one-act play as a curtain raiser for Arthur Miller’s A Memory of Two Mondays. It was kind of like being the opening act for Elvis. I fell in love with playwriting, moved back to New York City and left acting behind me.
Now, fully committed to playwriting, I acquired a BFA and MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where I also fell in love with screenwriting. I also attained a Masters in Deaf Education at Hunter College (receiving an Award in Academic Scholarship). These degrees enabled me to work as Adjunct Professor of Playwriting and Play Script Analysis at Marymount Manhattan College for 15 years and as an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for the New York Public Schools for 20 years. But during all this time, while having lots of plays produced, I missed acting. I was always kind of jealous of the actors in my own plays, funnily enough. So, having recently retired and now available to audition, I have returned to my original love of acting that began when I was just five years old.
I’m taking classes and found that I especially love improvisation, which I am studying at The Upright Citizen’s Brigade. I audition where I can, and my foot is on the gas for taking as many classes as possible. All this has led to this moment where you are reading this, and I am hoping that we get to work together. Thank you for taking the time and thank you for your contribution to the world of art!