I think some people move to New York City and within a week call themselves “New Yorkers.” I’ve been here for nearly 20 years, and yet when someone asks me where I’m from I still answer “I live in New York City, but I’m from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. I grew up in Amish Country, and spent my childhood viewing the USA from the back of a 1979 Volkswagen Camper Van. I’m pretty sure I left my heart somewhere on the interstate. I graduated from Amherst College with a double major in English and Theater and I did my M.F.A. in acting at Columbia University.
I have played saucy maids, longsuffering spinsters, and quirky leading ladies on and off-Broadway and at regional theaters around the country. I said “One cheesecake, two forks” on an episode of “The Big C”; counseled an incarcerated Jessica Biel as former-meth-addict Brenda on “The Sinner”; and Rick Sordelet (Broadway’s premier fight director) once told me I drove a cop car as well as any stunt woman.
After reading to my daughter every night for nine years, I began narrating romance novel audiobooks in my home studio aka “Litter Box Closet Productions.” Between acting jobs I have taught Shakespeare to kids as a teaching artist, conducted social media for a 5K charity run called Rafi’s Run, and answered fan mail for a children’s book writer. I live in Upper Manhattan with my very patient husband Peter, my 10-year-old daughter Cate, and our Maine Coon kitten, Tessa.