I have worked in some aspect of the acting profession my entire career. & before. As a kid I produced plays in my backyard (of course starred in them, too). I did about 18 musicals with my hometown community theater, Genisius, before I left for college.
I'm an NYU grad & I also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London & Circle in the Square. I spent three summers learning & working with some of the greatest actors in American theater at the Williamstown Theater Festival, where I received my AEA card in 1982.
In my first role as a professional actress, I was cast by Tennessee Williams to play Jane Sparks in his Vieux Carre for the opening of the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center in Key West, Florida. I auditioned in December of 1982; Williams died in February of 1983, just a week before we started rehearsals in Key West. I'm so grateful that I got to know him.
I've been honored to work on Broadway in plays by Williams & O'Neill, on wonderful regional stages across the country & fine theaters in Los Angeles. I've played leading roles in new plays & great works by Shakespeare, Chekhov & Shaw, with incredibly talented actors & directors. I've also appeared with some frequency in film & television. Visit my ACTING page for my full bio.
I've served as Artistic Director of two prestigious Los Angeles ensemble companies: The Classical Theatre Lab & The Antaeus Company. The extraordinary work that emerges from such ensembles always seems to me to be worth the challenges inherent in collective governing. For my arts leadership bio, visit my THEATER ART & MGT page.
I'm also an acting teacher / an acting coach / the author of two books on acting. THE ACTOR'S CHEKHOV & TOWARD MASTERY are both based on the work of my mentor: the revolutionary Artistic Director of The Williamstown Theater Festival, Nikos Psacharopoulos. (See BOOKS & WRITING.) I'm proud that The Actor's Chekhov, which I wrote over 15 years ago, is still used by colleges & universities & professional productions across the country.
As a teacher & coach I've had the privilege of working with famous actors, working professionals, & talented beginners, all equally meaningful encounters. I have taught/coached classical theater/contemporary scene study/audition technique to more than a thousand people. More info in CLASSES & COACHING.
I've recently begun to direct more theater (& even a film). Recently: Love, Noel at the new Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / Kindertransport for LA Theater Works &, at The Williamstown Theater Festival, a workshop of Jeffrey Hatcher's Cousin Bette of which I directed the the acclaimed production at Antaeus. For more about what I've directed in the past & what's coming up, visit my DIRECTING page.
I'm originally from Wyomissing Pennsylvania; I lived & worked in New York City for 13 years & I've been living & working in LA going on 19 years. My husband, Young Ji, is currently the Artistic Coordinator for The Geffen Playhouse + a director & AEA stage manager. We live in Toluca Woods in North Hollywood, with our cat, Elliot. I dedicate this site to my Mom.
Thrilled to continue to be consulting with NYC's Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Stay tuned for the opening of Rattlestick West in L.A.
I continue to serve by invitation of the the LA Stage Alliance on the Ovation Award Rules Committee. Along with 12 or 14 other theater artists & administrators in town, we meet once a month to help increase visibility, foster community & honor the best of theater in Los Angeles. Oh, & we oversee rules & procedures for the Ovation Awards. Here's me & the ORC gang at the 2013 Award Ceremony.
press & awards
The Antaeus Company
2010 LOS ANGELES DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD, BEST SEASON IN A INTIMATE TO MID-SIZED THEATER
2010 BITTER LEMONS #1 THEATER COMPANY OF THE YEAR
COUSIN BETTE (AD & director)
World Premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's Adaptation of Balzac's Novel
LA Times / Variety / LA Weekly Feature: Love Me Tender, Love me Harsh / LA Weekly / Backstage / Curtain Up / StageHappenings.com / Broadway World / LA Theatre Review / Stage Scene LA
Ovation AWARD = Costume Design ~ O Nominations = Production, Playwright, Lead Actor, Sets, Lights, Sound Design / LA Drama Critics Circle AWARDS = Production, Adaptation / Backstage Garland AWARDS = Direction, Adaptation, Lead Performance, Lighting Design / Bitter Lemons #14 Top Los Angeles Premiere of the Year
PERA PALAS (AD, producer & actor)
Sinan Unel's Instanbul epic: 3 generations, 10 actors play 30 characters
Variety / LA Times / Backstage / LA Weekly Feature: Servicing Their Country
Ovation AWARD = Set Design ~ O Nominations = Production, Direction, Ensemble, Costumes / Backstage Garland AWARDS = Direction, Ensemble, Sets, Costumes, Lighting / LA Drama Critic's Circle AWARDS = Production, Direction, Ensemble / LA Weekly AWARD = Sets ~ LAW Nominations = Production, Ensemble, Costumes / Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) AWARD = Outstanding LA Production
CHEKHOV x 4 (AD, artistic coordinator & producer)
Four one-acts by Anton Chekhov
LA Times / LA Weekly Feature: Russian' Around / Backstage Feature: Classical Giants
Ovation Noms/Awards = n/a / LA Drama Critics Circle AWARD = Ensemble ~ LADCC Nominations = Production, Adapation / LA Weekly Nomination = Lead Performance
TONIGHT AT 8:30 (AD, artistic coordinator, actor, producer)
Noel Coward's 8 One Acts, presented in two parts.
LA Times / Backstage 1 / Backstage 2 / Curtain Up 1 / Curtain Up 2 / LA Weekly / Variety 1 / Variety 2 / NY Times Feature: Brushing up Their Coward / The Noel Coward Society, Feature: Interview with Jeanie Hackett
LA Drama Critics Circle Nomination = Best Revival / LA Weekly Award Nomination = Best Revival
THE AUTUMN GARDEN (AD, actor, producer)
Lillian Hellman's gang of Southern misfits
LA Times / LA Weekly / Backstage / LAist / Huffington Post Feature: LA's Secret Pleasures / LA Stage Times Feature: Four Actors Play Two Roles
Ovation Award Nominations = Featured Actor, Sets, Costumes / Backstage Garland AWARD = Sets
KING LEAR (AD & producer)
with Dakin Matthews & Harry Groener doubling in the title role
LA Times / LA Weekly / KPCC Review / LA Times Feature: Antaeus Doubles Up on King Lear
Ovation Nominations = Lead Actor / LA Drama Critics Circle AWARDS = Direction, Lead & Featured Performance, Sound Design / Backstage-Garland AWARD = Best Production / Bitter Lemons AWARD = #1 Revival of the Year
PEACE IN OUR TIME (AD, project creator, producer)
a new adaptation of Noel Coward's play, using his wartime music
LA Times / Backstage / LA Weekly / Examiner.com / LA Times Feature: Coward Play to get U.S. Premiere at Antaeus / LA Stage Times Feature: The Young Idea Project
Ovation AWARD: Best Production of a Play in an Intimate Theater ~ O Nominations = Lead Actor, Scenic, Lighting, Sound Design / LA Weekly AWARD: Production of the Year ~ LAW Nominations = Costume, Set Design / LA Drama Critic's Circle AWARD: Best Revival
MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN (AD & producer)
site specific staging of Brecht's masterpiece
Variety / LA Times / Backstage / LA Times Feature: Selfless Acts of Courage / Backstage Feature: Stage Spot
Ovation Award Nominations = Prodution, Ensemble / LA Drama Critics Circle AWARD = Best Revival / LA Weekly AWARD = Lead Performance
CLASSICSFEST (AD, project creator, actor, director, producer)
Summer Festivals of company initiated workshops & readings
2011 = The Lucky Chance / A Delicate Balance / Othello / The Legend of Oedipus / Ceasar & Cleopatra / After the Dance / The Matchmaker / Long Day's Journey Into Night / 2010 = Arcadia / The Helen Fragments (director) / Les Femmes Savant / Peace in our Time (project creator) / The Capulets & the Montegues / Juno & the Paycock / The Malcontent / Mr. Puntilla & His Man Matti / Failth Healer (actor) Les Blancs / Merry Wives of Windsor // 2008 = Troilus & Cressida / The Autumn Garden / The Glass Menagerie / Zastrozzi / Light Up The Sky / Rhinoceros / The Voysey Inheritance / Cousin Bette (Director) / August: Osage County (actor) / The Rover (director) / Medea / The Women / Richard III // 2006 = The Summer People (director, actor) / Act A Lady / The Doctors Chekhov (actor) / The Menechemus Twins / Prince Poupon Needs A Wife / Stirrings Still / Aggememnon (actor) / A Month in the Country (actor) / A Penny for a Song / The Merchant of Venice (director) / Sweet Mercy / Coriolanus / The Father / No Man's Land / Phaedra (actor, presented in 4 performances at The Getty Villa) / Who's Afraid of Virgina Wolff? / Rear Collumn // 2004 = The Dickens Project (recorded for NPR) / American Tales / Nora (director) / Collaborators (actor) Twelfth Night / American Buffalo / Don Juan / Poems in my Pocket (project creator) / 2003 = Talking Tennessee / Love's Fire (director) Prince of LA / Love's Labour's Lost (director) / Orpheus Descending (director)
Backstage Feature: Antaeus ClassicsFest Features Impressive Slate / Examiner.com Feature: Affordable & Interesting Theater / LAist.com Feature: 14 Classic Plays in 6 Weeks / StageHappenings.com review