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Theatre and the arts are not only my chosen profession but my true passion in life. I'm most at peace with myself and the world when I am either performing, rehearsing or teaching the next generation about the arts. I believe that being involved in theatre and the arts makes everyone a better person no matter what field you are in.

MFA Acting/DirectingUniversity of Missouri: Kansas City

BA Theatre: Acting- Coe College

Musical Theatre Certificate- American Musical and Dramatic Academy- NYC 


Proud AEA Member!

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Current Projects



Was quarantined on the Norwegian Joy with just my Footloose  cast and crew for 21 days. Our cast self disembarked on April 5th after 21 days of ZERO Covid-19 cases on our ship. Decided to fly to Iowa City to be with my parents during this time and launched 50/50 Production Company with my partner Ken Sandberg.

In the midst of these uncertain times we created a musical parody. 

Recent Projects


Sept 12, 2019- April 5, 2020: 

Spent 6 months sailing the high seas on the beautiful Norwegian Joy playing "Ethel McCormack" in Footloose as well as the Show Captain and Understudy for Katherine in Wine Lovers: The Musical.  


March-May 2019- Created the role of Professor Sam Sutton in the World Premiere of Wednesday's Child by the wonderful Mark St. Germain and directed by Kate Alexander at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL. 

April 2019- Participated in the Florida Studio Theatre NNPN Women in Playwriting Festival. I had the honor and privilege of playing Juliet in The Forest by Lia Romeo and Becca in Mothers and Daughters by Sarah Bierstock. I'm excited to watch these beautiful new works take life over the coming years.  


Jan/Feb 2019- Made my NYC directing debut with Ken Sandberg's new one man show "The Death of..." for The New York Theatre Festival/Winterfest. 


Sept 29th and 30th in NYC- Had an incredible two days working with Amelia Cardwell of Frantic Assembly, a company that has inspired a lot of my work and my teaching.


August/September 2018- Worked at Creede Rep Theatre in magical  Creede, Colorado as Lizzie/Peggy/Martha in

Miss Holmes by Christopher Walsh. https://creederep.org/holmes/


May 2018- KC Rep Origins/KC Festival: Read Stage Directions for the beautiful and moving new play by Dipika Guha, Unreliable directed by Marissa Wolf.


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