I consider myself a strong Italian woman, even though I was raised in the shadows of the monuments of Washington, D.C. While my bloodline is Italian and French, my upbringing was classically All-American. From as early as I can remember, Sunday family dinners were spent around my grandparents’ table where there was no higher compliment than making someone laugh. It’s no wonder I make my living sharing joyful stories with the world.
While Sundays may have been spent lounging, the rest of the week was reserved for the million activities that my mom lovingly taxied me to and from. School was paramount; my parents are both educators and learning always came first. But every afternoon was spent driving from school to gymnastics, cheerleading, ice-skating, diving, marching band and whatever else my insatiable curiosity craved. And always, always, always there was dance. Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Swing, Lyrical, Hip Hop… you name it and my mother bought the costume. From the first moment I walked on stage at three-years-old (and turned the wrong way), I knew I was home.
This joint love of learning and performing landed me at Wake Forest University, where I was challenged in a host of ways. I know it may sound odd, but I love to study. I like the reading and the highlighting and the debating over intellectual frivolities. But, I also have a compulsive need for activity. What better place to expand my mind and body than the one that hosted Presidential Debates and TED Talks, molded Arnold Palmer and Tim Duncan and offered classes with professors like Maya Angelou? So, between studying and dancing until 3am, I found my voice, both as an actor and as a singer. I graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Communication with double minors- one in Theatre and the other in Dance. Then, I was recruited as a member of the inaugural MFA class at The University of Central Florida’s Conservatory where I earned my graduate degree in Theatre with a concentration in Acting Performance.
Since then, my work has afforded me some incredible opportunities. I’ve traveled to Europe nine times and performed and played in nearly every major city in America. I was a young artist with the Orlando Opera and now am a regular soloist with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, create and produce my own cabarets and tribute shows, have hosted events for countless Fortune 500 companies, headlined award winning short films, and have starred in dozens of musicals, including Off Broadway. This past year I was honored to add Vocal Director to my resume, when my alma mater, WFU, asked me to join the creative teams for their musicals in 2016-18.
I wake up every day feeling blessed that I get to live a life full of laughter and creativity. Don’t get me wrong- it’s not always easy. But, tenacity, hope and hard work will get you everywhere. And anywhere they won’t, just ask Mom to taxi you. She’s way better than Uber.
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