I began working professionally as an actor when I was in college! I've been so fortunate over the years, with receiving a scholarship to study Theatre and Television & Film Producton in England, becoming a casting director, then returning to my passion of acting. And now I'm producing too!
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I began my professional career as an actor during my college years with a series of 9 commercials for a regional dairy company. After being lucky enough to receive a full honors scholarship, I studied my junior year in Canterbury, England, interning at The Marlowe Theatre, as well as the theater program through the British Studies Centre (IAU), and Television & Film Production at Christ Church College.
I branched into casting working with inde films, commercials, and print. Major films also used my services for location casting: MAN WITHOUT A FACE, IN THE BEDROOM, EMPIRE FALLS and more. I also worked as a First AD on projects including a feature film shot in Maine and in Florida, BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE. I was a founding member of The Maine Film & Television Association, serving as Treasurer for 3 years, and still hold a Governor appointed position on the Maine Film Commission Board since 2002, serving as chair for some years.
I've recently returned to my passion of acting (SAG/AFTRA). Credits include feature films, THE CONGRESSMAN, MOTHER, CHRISTMAS ON HONEYSUCKLE LANE, ANALOGUE, '79 PARTS, THE UNION, BLOOD, SWEAT, & BRANDO, A STRANGER WITHIN, and Academy Award winner, Ernest Thompson’s feature, TIME AND CHARGES. as well as television and web credits GUIDING LIGHT and THE ONION NEWS NETWORK. Some of my favorite theatre credits are AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, THE SECRET OF COMEDY, SUGAR BEAN SISTERS, THUMBS, LIGHT UP THE SKY, THREE VIEWINGS, PUNCH AND JUDY, BECAUSEHECAN, as well as sketch and improv shows. It's been an exciting adventure to have completed our feature, IN THE MOON'S SHADOW, as managing producer as well!
I also have 12 years experience as an on-camera acting coach through my casting company as well as with The Junior Theatre Group at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, England, and have been a guest speaker for The Maine Film Commission, and at schools and colleges including SMTVI, the University of Maine at Orono, and several high schools. .
I work as an actor both on stage and screen. I'm also experienced and available for crew work. I enjoy any type of film work and being part of a team!
This year as an actor, I have three feature films coming out soon! MOTHER, SOMETIME OTHER THAN NOW, and IN THE MOON'S SHADOW which I also produced! More on these as they are released!
Trailer for IN THE MOON'S SHADOW
Do you have more questions? Are you interested in collaborating on a project? Send me a message, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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