On March 12, the anniversary of the big shutdown last year, I received my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. I can't wait to see my people again ...and get back onstage someday soon.
3 Bucks, 2 Bags, 1 Me - I moved to NYC!
In January 2021, I made the big move to NYC where I continue to hone my craft... and also... be a human.
Since July, I have been taking on-camera acting classes with Dena Tyler at Matt Newton Studio via Zoom. I'm learning so much about how to create dynamic, truthful auditions for co-star and guest-star roles, specifically. I am grateful to be working my acting muscles and finetuning them for camera, especially during this crazy time.
Signing with The Hybrid Agency
On June 15, 2020, I signed with The Hybrid Agency from the comfort of my childhood bedroom. I plan to move to NYC as soon as it is safe to do so, but until then, I'll be taking Zoom classes and practicing my self-taping skills.
Digital Senior Showcase
Also on May 16, 2020, my digital capstone project was released! Check it out here: https://www.shencoshowcase.com/. We had an absolute blast putting this together, and while I'm sad we did not get to perform it in person, it gave me a sense of closure for my time at Shenandoah.
Graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Musical Theatre
In the words of Joe Exotic, "I'm never gonna financially recover from this." I kid, I kid. On Saturday, May 16, 2020, I graduated from Shenandoah University with honors, from my couch. I am proud to have completed four crazy years, and grown immensely during that time.
Recently, my improv troupe, The Loaf, put together and performed a show on Zoom and broadcasted it live on Facebook.
Finishing the BFA... Online?
In light of current events, I am home in Indiana, petting my Border Collie, Rory, attending Zoom classes, perfecting the art of the self-tape, reading Stephen King, and improving my chess skills.
SETC Spring Professional Auditions
I attended the Spring Professional Auditions at the SETC conference in Louisville, KY, where I auditioned for numerous companies and received many callbacks. Stay tuned for updates!
I started off the 2020 audition season at the A1 Auditions in NYC, where I danced, sang, and received some fun and exciting callbacks for post-grad work. I also attended workshops with regional theatre casting directors and connected with old friends.
Collegiate premier of SOMETHING ROTTEN!
In October, I appeared as an ensemble member in the U.S. collegiate premier of SOMETHING ROTTEN at Shenandoah University. Steve Bebout, director of the recent national tour and associate director of the Broadway production, came to work with the cast, led by director Kevin Covert, musical director Patrick Brady, and choreographer Shylo Martinez. Click here to read Broadway World's article on the production. Dancing alongside my fellow eggs was my proudest achievement of my college career!
Workshop with Jason Robert Brown
In September, I worked with Jason Robert Brown in a workshop at Shenandoah University, where I sang and received feedback on "He Wanted A Girl" from GIANT. It was a fun, funny, and insightful experience, and Jason gave me a high five, which means I can die happy.
Immediately after finishing my contract in NC, I headed back to Winchester, VA to complete my final year at Shenandoah University. I kicked off senior year appearing in a fundraiser for the Musical Theatre Class of 2020 just outside of D.C. Click here for a video of me performing "The Wizard and I".
OKLAHOMA! at Highlands Playhouse
In July, I got to perform in the ensemble of OKLAHOMA!, directed by Bill Patti, music directed by Dr. Sara Chiesa, and choreographed by HADESTOWN's Katie Rose McLaughlin. I was also a member of the onstage band, and learned to play the ukulele and washboard for the show. Click here for the Plateau Daily News take on the avant-garde production.
BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY at Highlands Playhouse
In June, I played Shirley/Snowbird in BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY at the Highlands Playhouse. The run broke box office records. Click here to read the Plateau Daily News take on the production, directed by Marshall Carby, choreographed by Carly Ann Berg, and music directed by Dr. Sara Chiesa. It was a blast!
The Alphie Awards 2019
I recently won Shenandoah University's student-selected award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Blanche Barrow in BONNIE AND CLYDE. Needless to say, I was thrilled to be recognized by my peers. Here's a picture of me and three-time Alphie winner Dorian Davis.
BONNIE AND CLYDE
I just finished playing Blanche Barrow, alongside Oscar Nominee Dorian Davis in BONNIE AND CLYDE at Shenandoah University under the direction of Jacob Brent and music direction of Patrick Brady. We both won Best Supporting Actor/Actress in a Musical, respectively, for the show! PHOTO: C. KING PHOTOGRAPHY.
Student Performance Week: Festival of Arts and Ideas
In fall 2018, Shenandoah Conservatory pioneered North America's first ever collegiate Student Performance Week. Conservatory classes stopped, and resources were opened up to students for an entire week of student-led art making and multi-disciplinary collaboration which culminated in the Festival of Arts and Ideas. I got to be involved in the inaugural year, working on a complex medley of Jason Robert Brown's work. The project was the brainchild of Chris Goodwin and created by the former as well as Olivia Ciotti. Click here to see a video of the final performance!
Summer Work: Jenny Wiley Theatre 2018
I just spent summer 2018 in the foothills of eastern Kentucky at the Jenny Wiley Theatre, performing ensemble roles in FOOTLOOSE, directed by Joey Murray, and my dream role, Penny Pingleton, in HAIRSPRAY. Click here to see BroadwayWorld's take on the outdoor production of HAIRSPRAY, directed by Rachel Klein, choreographed by Val Saldago, and music directed by Bryson Baumgartel.