Where are you from? Originally Denver, CO. Moved to Folsom, CA a week before I started high school.
Broadway credits: Dames at Sea, White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, A Chorus Line
How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I had been visiting NY for 3 weeks, auditioning for shows, and I had one more day before flying back to California, so I was sitting in Central Park eating ice cream. My very new agents called me and asked me to come into the office. It was only three blocks away, so I walked over. My hopes began to rise, because I didn’t think they’d want to give me bad news face-to-face. And sure enough, I walked in the room, and they said, “You booked A Chorus Line.” And we started hugging and jumping up and down. I called my boyfriend (now husband) and parents while I was still at their office.
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? The Broadway Sleep Out at Covenant House.
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? I am very interested in the steps a show takes to get to Broadway. Why do some shows take over a decade to get there while others might seem to appear overnight? There’s a very fragile balance of ingredients in the recipe for getting a show onto a Broadway stage. That balance interests me.
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I read Bea Johnson’s book Zero Waste Home and was completely inspired. It lit a fire under me to reduce the waste in my life to as close to zero as I can get. I bring my own containers to the store and shop in the bulk food section, compost everything I can, and I’m trying to spread the word! The Broadway Green Alliance has been a great resource for me in these efforts.
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Julie Andrews.
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Someone who lives on the streets in New York or in a Third World country. I can’t even imagine how difficult that day would be. I know I would be filled with gratitude to be back in my life. And I would go from that day forward with heightened awareness and empathy.
To be successful in this business, it takes… Balance.
Tell us a secret. Then it wouldn’t be a secret.