About

 While living in L.A., a workout buddy called and suggested I go to a commercial audition.  He said tell them that Beverly H., a Hollywood agent, sent me.  

 

I didn't book the job, but a few days later did summon the nerve to go to Beverly's office to introduce myself.  Entering, I saw a little old lady sitting behind a huge desk stacked with picture-résumés.  She held a phone to each ear.  She said I reminded her of her nephew and signed me to a contract.    

 

A short time later, deciding that I needed to learn to act, I enrolled as a theater major at UCLA, and four amazing years later graduated with a BA and MFA.  I then performed in regional theater for a few years: The Guthrie; Milwaukee Rep; Lyric Stage, Boston; Oldcastle Theatre, Bennington, VT; and several touring shows.

 

After one tour, a few dollars in my pocket, I took the train to New York City, arriving at Grand Central with everything I owned in two suitcases.  I remember standing on the platform looking around, feeling a little lost.  

 

I've been in New York since and between roles have worked as a high school science teacher, helped raise two wonderful daughters, and swam about a million laps in the Y pool.

 

My NYC experience and training are outlined on my résumé.  I'm currently pursuing work in theater, film and television, and voice-overs.

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