I am a proud New Jersey native who grew up obsessed with making noises and fascinated by the variety of ways people speak. While studying U.S. History and Classical Vocal Performance at the University of Delaware, I happened to take an acting class with Catherine Fitzmaurice, founder of the revolutionary Fitzmaurice Voicework.® Catherine was my professor and mentor who guided me to pursue my M.F.A. in Acting at the University of California, Irvine. Included in my acting studies there was a more in-depth training of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and I was also fortunate enough to study speech and dialects with Dudley Knight, co-founder of Knight-Thompson Speechwork.
After receiving my Masters degree, I performed as an actor and singer for several years, earning my memberships in AEA and SAG-AFTRA, and having invaluable experiences that contribute greatly to my pedagogy.
I greatly enjoy performing, but my true love is teaching--and so after a rigorous training program spanning 2005-2006, I became a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and a member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association.) I am honored to be the Clinical Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech at Loyola Marymount University , responsible for teaching Voice and Speech, Intermediate Voice, Dialects for the Stage, and all vocal and dialect coaching.
I reside in Los Angeles with my very vocal and hypoallergenic Siberian Forest Cat, Mina.