Where are you from? Brookfield, WI
Broadway credits: WICKED, PROMISES PROMISES, HANDS ON A HARDBODY
How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? It was WICKED, and I had been on the 1st National Tour for a year and a half as a swing, all the while campaigning hard to be an Elphaba cover. They were unwilling to move me from my job as a swing into the ensemble covering Elphie on the tour, so I left the tour and moved back to NYC. A few months later, an Elphaba cover track opened up in the Broadway company, so I auditioned and found out the next day that I got it!
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I love the GYPSY OF THE YEAR and EASTER BONNET pageants… they can be both hilarious and moving, and the casts of long-running shows get to flex their creative muscles for a great cause.
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? It’s fascinating to me that people come from all over the world to see shows where I live!
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? The passing of Nelson Mandela has taken me back to 2010 when I travelled to South Africa with an organization called Broadway In South Africa. I met and worked with children from townships outside of Capetown and Johannesburg, and I learned by watching them sing and dance that music is not just entertainment. It is escape, it is connection, and it is community. I will never forget that time in my life. I went to South Africa to teach music, but I learned so much more than I taught.
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Oprah.
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Barack. I want to see what really goes on.
To be successful in this business, it takes… Focus, talent, and charm.
Tell us a secret. I wish I were an amazing tap dancer.