Where are you from? Thousand Oaks, CA
Broadway credits: Honeymoon In Vegas (Mahi), Holiday Inn, Disaster, Allegiance, Cinderella, Mamma Mia!
How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was home in California for Christmas, feeling rather down as I had been unemployed for a few months and wasn't sure whether to go back to NYC to continue auditioning. I had spent most of my holiday break sending messages to Craigslist postings about sublets in Astoria, so when I saw I had a voicemail from an unknown number I assumed it was from a possible sublet. It turned out to be my agent, calling from her cell phone on a weekend (which she never does), telling me simply to call her back, so I knew it had to be something urgent. I called her back - and she told me that I was getting an offer to be in Mamma Mia! on BROADWAY. It was the morning of New Year's Eve, I was still in my pajamas and hadn't even put on my contacts or anything, and the holiday decorations were still up in the house, so it really felt like the most amazing Christmas present ever. I was shocked (I had auditioned many months prior for the tour, so had no idea this was even in the cards), and I started screaming. My mom ran over to me in a panic, as she couldn't hear the other end of the line and she almost tried to shake the phone out my hand so she could hear, she was so excited. :) I moved to NY 3 days later to kick off the new year with rehearsals.
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Broadway in Bryant Park! It is wonderful to bring Broadway performances for free to the public and fun to see friends in other shows perform numbers in a casual setting.
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? Despite the fact that it is an extremely competitive business, I'm always touched by how incredibly supportive actors are of each other. I've seen girls in line for auditions offer their shoes to someone who forgot to pack their heels. Even when actors are low on cash, they always make room to continue supporting their friends and seeing their shows. When I first moved to NY without an agent or Equity card and with no idea of how to navigate auditions, I made tons of friends while waiting in those long non-union lines who selflessly gave me all the tips on how to submit for auditions, how to watch shows at the library at Lincoln Center, and how to get rush tickets. I think this is a community filled with love and support that sets it apart from other industries.
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? Last year, I worked at a startup in NYC as an engineer and was exposed to people my age or even younger who start and run their own businesses. I was completely inspired by their fearlessness and scrappiness in making things work despite the uphill battle of creating something new from scratch, and changing the way the business in their field is being done.
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be... Steve Jobs. (I know he passed away but that's who I'd like to have coffee with!)
To be successful in this business, it takes... Resilience - no matter how successful you become, you will still face a lot of rejection.
Tell us a secret. I used to be obsessed with the video/arcade game Dance Dance Revolution. I would play it for hours at home and even reached the highest level of "Maniac.”