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I can't remember a time when I didn't love the theatre, acting, reading poetry or anything that celebrates words and communication and the human spirit. My love for the stage started growing with my first dance recital at age 6 held at the Warner Theatre here in Erie, PA, my hometown. After earning a theatre degree I moved to NYC to pursue a professional theatre career. Sure the challenge was enormous, the obstacles almost insurmountable, and the competition formidable but I was pursuing a passion and doing what I loved to do.
If you live long enough your life takes many routes with detours and u-turns and sure enough, many years after that recital and after many years in the professional theatre world, I am back in Erie sharing my experience and love for theatre with Gannon students. The message I offer and the example I try to set every day is this: Find your passion, do your best, and try to remember your lines!
Fordham University (NYC) Master of Science in Education 1993
Pennsylvania State University Master of Fine Arts (acting) 1988
Miami University (Oxford, OH) Bachelor of Arts (theatre) 1979
In addition, to further my theatre/acting training, I've studied with Bill Hickey at HB Studios in NYC, with Stephen Daldry at the Gate Theatre in London, and at Carnegie Hall Studios with Louise Lasser plus various commercial workshops in NYC. I attended a two week session at Shakespeare and Company in the Berkshires studying text and character and spent a summer with Larry Silverberg studying the Meisner Approach.
I was a professional actor based in NYC for many years and have appeared in theatres across the region. Here’s a partial list: the South Jersey Regional Theatre in Somers Point, NJ, the Barter Theatre in Abington, VA, the Champlain Shakespeare Festival in Burlington, VT, Melody Fare in Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania Centre Stage in State College, PA. In NYC, I’ve worked with productions at La Mama, Playwright’s Horizon, Theatre 22, Riverwest, and the Brownstone Gallery among others.
Print, voice-over and commercial work includes Make-a-Wish Foundation, Moen Faucets, Macy’s, Pay-per-View, and the Leather Warehouse; also industrial films with Coronet Films in Chicago for IBM and the Cambridge Project for WPSX, a PBS affiliate. In addition to the industrial films, there was a brief stint on the now cancelled soap opera Ryan’s Hope in which I played a nurse and an NBC Movie of the Week titled Cured in which I played a patient who was.