Our story begins on a sunny June day way back in '97...
I'm just playin. So, here's the story:
I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota which means I'm a Midwest girl through and through. My parents raised me with the typical Midwestern work ethic, to be a proud pop drinker, a enthusiastic duck duck grey duck player, and a woman who is proud of her African-American ethnicity.
Ever since I was small, I have had a fascination with words and language, and as I grew my interests expanded to involve storytelling. My grandma and I would always go out to dinner where we'd make up stories together about everyone else in the restaurant and what brought them to be eating in the same place we were that day.
It was one summer when I was about 8 years old that decided my fate. After spending the summer exploring a bunch of activities my mom organized for me like karate, pottery, writing workshops etc. it was the acting camp I took at the Guthrie Theatre that won my heart.
Since that summer, the rest is history.
I participated in all the musicals and singing opportunities at my middle school and high school. I participated in The MacPhail Center for Music’s singer-actor Prelude program and I took various classes at The Children's Theatre Company up until I graduated from high school.
Then, after a tiring college search process, I had to decide between 5 BFA Musical Theatre programs that ranged in location from Greenwich Village, New York to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. I settled up spending my undergrad years at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where I graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors.
This fall, I made my professional Chicago theatre debut as Radio 2 in Firebrand Theatre's "Caroline, or Change,” which was truly life-changing (click on the highlighted words to find out more about the project/company!), and this spring/summer I spent some quality time with Jane Austen as I had a blast working on Lifeline’s brand new adaptation of the classic novel Emma where I played the character of Emma! I know…#EmmaisEmmainEmma it was whirlwind that’s for sure! Click on the hashtag to learn more about the show!