I'm an actor, teaching artist, clown, emcee and DJ. After growing up in Wilmington, Delaware, I migrated to the midwest to attend Northwestern University. Since receiving a BA in theatre I've worked as an actor with Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre (The House on Mango Street), Collaboraction (1001 by Jason Grote, Reverb), Redmoon Theatre (Winter Pageant 2010), 16th Street Theatre (The Beats), About Face Youth Theatre (The HOME Project tour, Fast Forward tour) and American Theatre Company (Welcome to Arroyos, 10x10 Festival 2012, The Rail Splitter reading). I studied long-form improv at iO (formerly Improv Olympic) and at the Second City Conservatory. My most extensive post-graduate training as been in clown. I have studied clown and physical theater in the US with Chicago's infamous 500 Clown, Paola Coletto, Avner the Eccentric and Eric Davis (bouffon) and abroad in Dublin with Philippe Gaulier. I've performed red-nose clown as a company member of the Dal Vivo Theatre Company (formed by students of Paola Coletto) and in various cabaret settings. My clown detective alter-ego Viola Egg can occasionally be spotted solving Chicago crimes with her partner Alfie (Nick Combs) in late-night episodic engagements called Egg & Alfie.
As a teaching artist, I'm a proud emeritus company member of Barrel of Monkeys, a theatre and education company that teaches writing workshops in Chicago public schools. Our ensemble of actor-educators then takes the students' stories and adapts them into sketches and songs and returns to the schools to perform them. I currently perform with NYC's similar stories-to-stage company, the Story Pirates. I have taught improv, clown and ensemble-building workshops to teenagers and adults, synthesizing different techniques from my own training to create a unique process-based approach to the work. Other classroom experience includes workshops for high school students and faculty relating to LGBTQ issues as a performer/teaching artist with About Face Youth Theatre's outreach tour. Additionally, I spent years working in Early Childhood Education with Bubbles Academy, an enrichment center for ages 0-7. I taught classes and created curriculum for programs in after-school yoga, pre-school preparation, music and creative movement. Through Bubbles Academy, I performed weekly family-friendly acoustic sets at Whole Foods weekly, tons of birthday parties, and many other local events - including a gig at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago (in Italian!).
As a DJ/emcee for Radio Disney AM1300, I hosted family-friendly events (and danced to a LOT of Justin Bieber) in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, appearing at numerous festivals and amusement parks. I occasionally spin tunes for grown-ups and kids with Zeke Sulkes and The Bouncy Castle, and honed experience djing weddings, mitzvahs and school dances with Chicago's Spinnin Discs.
From 2012-2017 I was a host and writer for the Emmy-nominated Sunny Side Up on Sprout! Our LIVE hosted block of programming aired every morning out of the legendary 30 Rockefeller Center. I wrote and performed original sketches, music, games, recipes and crafts alongside Chica the Chicken (and occasionally alongside celebrities like Mariska Hargitay, John Hamm, William Shatner, Kate McKinnon, Aubrey Plaza, Mel B and more!).
As a musician, I've written many songs for Sunny Side Up, Sprout and now Sprout House. I also contributed as singer and songwriter to fellow Sprout host Tim Kubart's new album for families, HOME. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Children's Album in 2016.
Sprout has now become Universal Kids, and you can now find me hosting Sprout House, beside Snug the puppy and our friend TJ! Next up: starting May 14th 2018 I'll be hosting The Big Fun Crafty show on Universal Kids - airing every weekday at 5:30pm!
Outside my various creative endeavors, I practice yoga (hot yoga and AcroYoga!), box and ride my bike as often as I can.