What is your full name?
What is your dream role? Why?
Natalie- Next to Normal. I love how complex she is for her age. Really, I love this show as a whole. The story line is so important as it sheds light on a disease that is so common in our world but that unfortunately has been stigmatized by society. This is such an essential message for people struggling with mental illness, as well as for their families and friends.
What is the MOST special of all of your special skills?
Dialects- I love doing accents, especially animated characters/cartoon voices.
What was your first big performance opportunity? Tell us about it.
I just finished shooting a documentary series for CNN recounting the story of Patty Hearst and her year on the run with the SLA. I played the role of Patty.
What is your go-to audition outfit? Why?
A navy blue, sweetheart cut dress and nude suede heels (just 1.5 in.) The dress is super comfortable (stretchy, lycra material) and the shoes are easy to walk in and stand in for hours.
What role are you completely inappropriate for that you perform superbly in your shower and car?
Favorite dance shoe?
Do you have any sort of ritual before an audition?
I always exercise (either yoga, or pilates), and eat a healthy meal. I warm up my voice and do some sort of meditation exercise, depending on what I have time for. If it's going to be a long day, I pack plenty of snacks and drink lots of water. I also make sure I have a book or podcast with me.
Where did you train in theatre? How has that affected you?
UT Austin, Laurel Vouvray Acting Studio, UCB Improv Theatre. I am still training as much as I can, but thus far, my acting training has allowed me to grow immensely. I have learned the importance of professionalism, and how to connect with fellow actors. I continue to learn every day how much life experience contributes to performance. My training has taught me more about myself as a human and actor, than I ever thought possible.
Next to Normal, and most recently, Dear Evan Hansen. I'm a sucker for a storyline that deals with such prominent issues as anxiety, bullying and mental illness. It is so important that awareness about these specific issues and similar ones is spread throughout our community. These issues affect so many, and it is essential that these people are given a voice. One of the most amazing gifts that I have been given through my experience with live theatre/performance, both as an audience member and as a performer is the knowledge that I am not alone. Everyone deserves this reassurance.
Favorite straight play?
Daring Greatly- Brene Brown
Do you have any performers that you admire or look up to? Why?
Amy Poehler: She is a genius comedian, and genuine performer. I believe everything I've seen her do, no matter how silly the character.
Who is your favorite non-theatre music artist?
Sara Bareilles: I loved her before she was on Bway 😉
What keeps you sane offstage?
Yoga, my family and friends, Netflix
Worst thing about auditioning?
Getting up early, and waiting!!
Where can people find out more about you online?