RESUME

Education:

  • Rochester Institute Technology, Master’s of Science in Healthcare Interpreting - currently a grad student (will finish in 2018)

  • Career Studies Certificate in American Sign Language and Interpreting Program Associates Degree, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, (2011)

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Graduate Class of (1985), Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance/Directing  (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

  • Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, (1988)

Spokesperson Accounts:

  • Mattress Warehouse, Announcer (2009- 201)

  • R.J. Tilley, Wife character, (1999 to present)

  • Haynes Furniture, Spokesperson (1993 to present)

  • Comdial, Spokesperson at the Los Angeles, CA Trade Show (1997)

  • Circuit City Stores, Spokesperson (1989 - 1999) (Internal Training Host)

 

Professional Experience

  • Freelance Actress/Director/Producer (1981-current)

  • President of Aurora Productions, Inc. from (1994 - 1999)

  • Adjunct Faculty at University of Richmond Spring (1999)

  • Adjunct Faculty at Randolph Macon's Woman's College (1998)

  • Marketing Director for Barksdale Theatre (1994 - 1996)

  • Public Relations Assistant for VHDA (1986-1989)

  • Public Relations Director for V.C.U. Dept. of Theatre (1984 - 1985)

  • Qualified American Sign Language Interpreter  (2011- current)

  • Theatrical Director/Producer

  • Casting Director

  • On-Camera and Live Industrial Performances Spokesperson

  • Theatrical Performance

  • Training in Public Speaking and Performance

  • Motivational Speaking

 

Hobbies:

  • Road Cycling (Distance)

  • Skiing (Water/Snow)

  • Cooking

  • Bikhram Yoga

  • Jazzercise and Zumba

  • Snorkeling

  • Hiking

 

Community Activities:

  • Martha Hill Newell Playwright's Fund, Sole Executor and Presenter (2008-current)

  • Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics, volunteer,( 2005 - 2009)

  • Deaf Mission Church, volunteer, 2011-2013

  • JSRCC American Sign Language Club, ASL Club Presiden (2010 - 2011)

  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, current member

  • Virginia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, current member

  • Deaf Senior Citizens, member and volunteer, current member

  • Board of Directors for Richmond Shakespeare Theatre (2004-2006)

  • Alto Soloist at St. Marks' Episcopal

  • Theatrical Narration for the Blind

  • First Aid and EMT Training

  • Member of Virginia Museum

  • Member of Friends of the Arts

  • Various AIDS Benefits (performer, director etc.)

 

Awards:

  • 2017 - Best Leading Actress in a Play - Winner

  • 2013 - Best Actress in a Play - Nominee

  • 2001 Varina High School Outstanding Alumni Award

  • 1999 Anna Award - Best Actress in a Play

  • 1999 Phoebe Award Runner Up - Best Actress in a Play

  • 1998 Anna Award - Best Actress in Musical

  • 1998 WCVE - Best Actress Award

  • 1999 and 1998 2nd Place Best Actress Richmond Magazine

  • 1996, 1997 and 1998 Phoebe Award for Best Director/Best Production

  • 1997 Anna Award Nominee Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

  • 1997 Virginia Theatre Conference Guest Speaker

  • 1996 Host for Henrico County Schools Convocation

  • 1994 Richmond Times Dispatch - Best Actress in a Play

  • 1994 Richmond Magazine "Unsung Hero of 1994"

  • 1993 Phoebe Award - Best Actress in a Play

  • 1988 Richmond Times Dispatch - Best Actress in a musical

  • 1988 Supporting Actress in a Play, Richmond Times Dispatch

  • 1985 Virginia Commonwealth University Leadership Award

  • 1985 Virginia Commonwealth University Community Service Award

  • 1985 Virginia Commonwealth University Phi Beta Kappa

Speaking Engagements:

  • Richmond Theatre Critics Awards, presenter for the Martha Hill Newell Award (2015)

  • Richmond Theatre Critics Awards, presenter for Best Director, (2010)

  • Richmond Theatre Critics Awards, presenter for the Liz Marks Memorial Award for Ongoing Contributions to Richmond Area Theatres, (2009)

  • Varina High School Guest Speaker, "Senior Convocation" (2000)

  • Medical College of Virginia Guest Speaker, "Speaking Effectively" (2000)

  • Virginia Theatre Conference Guest Speaker, Marriott Conference Ctr. (1998)

  • Henrico County Schools Convocation, Mistress of Ceremonies at Richmond Marriott Convention Center. (1995)

  • Manhattan Museum of Broadcasting Co-Host for "Car Commercials from the Past" (1990

  • Host for various live remotes both on local and national levels (--- current)

 

Acting Experience:

 

Off Broadway

  • Poets of Paris - Soloist - Don’t Tell Mama Cabaret (1989)

  • 69 - Camille - Rainbow Repreatory Company (1989)

  • 42nd Street - Peggy Sawyer - AEA Showcase – NYC (1989)

  • Broadway Story - Fannie Brice - The Harry Warren Theatre (1990)

 

Regional Theatre

  • Dr. Emma Brookner - THE NORMAL HEART - Richmond Triangle Players (2018)

  • Shelley - GRAND CONCOURSE - Theatre Lab (2017)

  • Margie - GOOD PEOPLE - Cadence Theatre (2013)

  • Arlene - NEXT FALL - Richmond Triangle Players (2012)

  • Crazy Terry - SIDEMAN - Barksdale Theatre (2000)

  • Monologist UH OH HERE COMES CHRISTMAS - Phoenix Theatre/MMT (1998)

  • Lola/Gloria - DAMN YANKEES - Swift Creek Mill AND Mill Mountain Theatre (1998)

  • Lily McBain - SWINGTIME CANTEEN - Swift Creek Mill (1997)

  • Jill - JACK AND JILL - Theatre IV (1997)

  • Mrs. Walker u/s - THE WHO’S TOMMY - Mill Mountain Theatre (MMT) (1997)

  • Zelda Fitzgerald - ZELDA: THE LAST FLAPPER - Aurora Productions/Tour (1993 - 1999)

  • Irene - CRAZY FOR YOU - Mill Mountain Theatre (1998)

  • Ellen - TWO ROOMS - BRTF/Hungary-Romania Tour (1998)

  • Keely - KEELY AND DU - Theatre IV (1996)

  • Claire - RUMORS - Mill Mountain Theatre (1996)

  • Woman 3 - ...AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND - Barksdale Theatre (1994)

  • Lee - MARVIN’S ROOM - Theatre IV (1994)

  • June - SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN - Swift Creek Mill (1993)

  • Sally Smith - ME AND MY GIRL - Swift Creek Mill (1993)

  • Joan - DAMES AT SEA - Swift Creek Mill (1993)

  • Hermia -  A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM - Charlotte Shakespeare (1990)

  • Phoebe - AS YOU LIKE IT - Charlotte Shakespeare (1990)

  • Diana - LEND ME A TENOR - Swift Creek Mill (1991)

Television / Video / Film / Radio

  • American Family Fitness, New Year Campaign, 80's Woman

  • A Haunting - Mary (lead) - Discovery Channel Series: New Dominion Pictures

  • Plastic Surgeon’s Assoc. of America - Spokesperson (National) - Reingold: Think/Speak/Act Productions

  • Iron-Jawed Angels - Hazel - HBO: Katja Von Garnier, Director

  • D.C. – The Rod Lurie Project - Francie Marino - Dreamworks: ABC (Rod Lurie, Director)

  • The Contender - Glenda - Dreamworks (Rod Lurie, Director)

  • Legacy - Train Passenger - U.P.N.: Stuart Gillard, Director

  • The Love Letter - Guest/Spectator - Hallmark Hall of Fame

  • Virginia Lottery - Marathon Coach - Arnold Agency

  • Circuit City - Spokesperson - Circuit City Studio

  • Car Commercials from the Past - Narrator - Manhattan Museum of Broadcasting

  • Bell Atlantic “Waiting” - Voice w/James E. Jones - W.B. Doner Agency

 

Training

  • Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, Summer Acting Programme, London 1988

  • VCU, BFA in Theatre Arts Performance (1981- 1985)

  • Acting:  Tony Church, Ian Charleson, Michael Joyce

  • Stage Combat:  Drew Frasier

  • Voice:  John Lehman, Michelle Harman-Gulick, Geoffrey Conner

  • Dialects:  Joan Washington

 

Directing Experience: (1985 - current)

 

Regional Theatre

  • Buyer and Cellar, Richmond Triangle Players

  • Scapino, Barksdale Theatre,

  • Quilters - Wayside Theatre

  • The Rocky Horror Show - Barksdale Theatre*

  • The Compleat Wks of Wllm Skspr - Barksdale Theatre*

  • Yelling Fire in a Burning Theatre - TheatreVirginia

  • The Compleat Wks of Wllm Skspr - Mill Mountain Theatre*

  • The Trip to Bountiful - Barksdale Theatre

  • A Christmas Carol - Barksdale Theatre

  • Silent Night - St. Thomas Players

  • Killing the Clown - TheatreVirginia

  • *Winner of the Richmond Times Dispatch Phoebe Award for Excellence in Theatre

 

Children's Theatre

  • Rumplestiltskin's Daughter - Virginia Repertory

  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Theatre IV

  • Tom Thumb - Theatre IV*

  • Pocahontas - Theatre IV

  • The Gift of the Magi - Barksdale Theatre

  • The Princess and the Pea - Theatre IV*

  • Harriet Tubman - Theatre IV

  • Jolly Old Saint Nicholas - Theatre IV*

  • Lyle, Lyle Crocodile - Theatre IV

  • Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus - Theatre IV*

  • Galileo - Swift Creek Mill Playhouse*

  • *Co-authored with Ron Barnett

 

Academic Theatre

  • The Norman Conquests - University of Richmond

  • The House of Bernada Alba - Randolph Macon Woman's College

  • The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year - Theatre VCU

  • 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 Spring Showcase S.P.A.R.C

  • The Fall Semester Freshman Showcase Theatre VCU

 

Teaching Experience

 

College and Professional

  • Adjunct Faculty and Guest Director, University of Richmond, 1999.

  • Adjunct Faculty and Guest Director, Randolph Macon Woman's College, 1998.

  • TheatreVirginia's Festival of New Works, Director and Mentor, Reader and Adjudicator, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1993.

  • Acting Instructor and Guest Performer, Buckingham County Schools, 1994.

  • Faculty and Choreographer, S.P.A.R.C., 1993, 1988, 1987, 1986.

  • Acting Instructor, Swift Creek Mill Playhouse Summer Drama Camp, 1993, 1992.

 

Various Workshops

  • Workshops with English, Psychology and Art Departments in correlation with

    • Zelda: The Last Flapper by William Luce

  • Randolph Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA 1998.

  • Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC 1997.

  • The International Festival of Young Professional Theatre, Sibiu, Romania, 1996.

  • Merlin Theatre Festival, Budapest, Hungary, 1996.

  • Waterfront Playhouse, Key West, FL, 1995.

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 1994

  • Visiting Artist, Boy Scouts of America, Career Day Workshops on Performing, 1996, 1992.

  • Visiting Artist, Workshop on Exploring Directing for high school drama teachers, funded by Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Institute for the Arts, 1991.

 

Guest Speaker and Motivational Training

  • Richmond Shakespeare Annual Retreat, "Are You Bored on the Board Selling the Bard?" (2007)

  • Varina High School Senior Convocation, "Success - What does it mean?" (Fall 2000).

  • Medical College of Virginia, Course for Development Directors, "Speaking Effectively," (Spring 2000).

  • Virginia Theatre Conference, "Living the Life of a Professional Actor," (1998).

  • Henrico County Schools Convocation, Mistress of Ceremonies for the 1996 Show at the Richmond Center, (1996).

  • Manhattan Museum of Broadcasting, Co-host for "Car Commercials from the Past," (1990)