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My first exposure to formal acting training was in high school under the late Laird Williamson, who became a prominent director on the West Coast and an artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. At age 15, I played Lady Macbeth in Ted Liss’s Chicago-area workshop for teens.

 I hold a B.A. in Speech and Theatre from Indiana University and an M.F.A. in Acting from Brandeis University, where I studied with Charles Werner Moore and Morris Carnovsky. Other teachers and coaches I've learned from include Harold Guskin, Ted Kazanoff, and Walt Witcover.  My most profound influence was the teaching of Mira Rostova, with whom I studied for 20 years.

I've participated in the founding of several theatre companies, including the Vest Pocket Players, an acclaimed off-campus troupe in Bloomington, Indiana, that performed improvisation, cabaret-style sketches, original plays, musical acts and Living Newspaper shows.

I am a voice artist and narrator of audiobooks, and an operatically-trained singer of classical music, jazz standards and the Great American Songbook. In addition to my current acting work, I coach actors (please visit my teaching website, and also write lyrics in partnership with guitarist/composer Ethan Fein.

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