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What She Said - Feature film

Hey you guys, I wrote a movie! We were finalists in Seed&Spark’s Hometown Heroes Rally and received a $1000 grant from the Duplass Brothers (omg what?!). I am producing the film with my company, Shallow Graves, and will be playing “Sam.” We’re shooting in Flint Hill, VA this February. Read all about this project and process HERE.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberely - Miss Mary Bennet

Headed back down to American Stage in St. Pete for the holidays! #meddlesomewomen #nerdlove Nov-Dec 2018

Juliet & Romeo - Nurse/Tybalt/Montague

Had the most joyous week working on a developmental workshop for Pocket Universe’s upcoming reimagined production of R&J. Oct. 21, 2018.

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Bad Jews - Daphna

Headed down to Florida for the Tampa Bay Area Premiere of "Bad Jews" by Josh Harmon. Never getting a haircut again. June-August 2018.

UPDATE: We got extended! Check out the good press!

Bedlam Pygmalion

Pygmalion - ASm

Dipping my toe into that backstage life! I will be ASM on this hilarious and thrilling new production for BEDLAM, my favorite New York company. Click HERE for tickets. February-April 2018.

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Alexis Scheer's "10 Days" - Sanguine Theatre Company's Playwrights' week

There's nothing better than being a huge fan of your playwright friend. Except maybe getting asked to direct the first public reading of one of her plays. So excited to collab with fellow Millenial Empress, Alexis Scheer on her new poignant and hilarious solo show about birthright. "10 Days" is being presented as part of Sanguine Theatre Company's Spring Break Playwrights' Week. March 2018.

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Sokoloff Arts fellowship

I'm a fellow! My production company, Shallow Graves, is among the inaugural group chosen for the Sokoloff Arts Fellowship at Town Stages. I am beyond thrilled to call this Tribeca space home for the next year. Read more about the astounding group of artists on Playbill and Broadwayworld, and more about the fabulous team of ladybosses responsible for the whole thing in ForbesJanuary-December 2018.

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HESTER STREET - READING

Reading for Fanny/Ensemble Women in Sharyn Rothstein's gorgeous new adaptation of Joan Micklin Silver's Academy Award nominated film. October 2017.

Wrtier's Assistant to STEVEN SATER (Spring Awakening)

Writer's Assistant to Steven Sater (Broadway's Spring Awakening). Projects worked on include: The Ripple Effect (Channel 4/Sony); They (Seacrest Productions/CBS); Alice By Heart (MCC); Ma Vie En Rose (Sundance Mass MoCa lab); La Ronde (Bedlam); Some Lovers (w/ Burt Bacharach); Nero (CMU workshop); Murder at the Gates (Pace U Workshop); The Other Play, Arms on Fire. 2015-2017.

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"The Dream I Share" - Celebrating women w/ Bangor Symphony Orchestra - Soloist

Performing alongside two of the greatest actresses I know, my mother and grandmother, as we portray one woman throughout her life in a new concerto by Lucas Richman, accompanied by a small chorus and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. May 2017.

PLATONICS (Web-Series) Co-creator/writer/actress

Just wrapped! Platonics, a roadtrip webseries about a co-dependent friendship.  Co-created with Juliana Jurenas.  Directed by Mitch Yapko.  A JsGoWest production.  Coming soon to a computer near you. 

Never Fully Dressed (Without A Smile)

Playing "Duffy" in the #newplay by Alexis Scheer about millennials navigating the curious waters of adulthood: relationships, feminism, sexuality, mental health, and all the ambiguous feelings that define humanity.  Staged reading presented by Off the Grid theatre company in Boston.  Click HERE for a fun promo video & more details!  January 2017.

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La Ronde - A new adaptation by Steven Sater

Reading for Young Wife/Whore in workshop with Bedlam Theater.  June 2016.

HILARITY FOR CHARITY w/ SETH ROGAN

"James Franco's Bar Mitzvah" variety show benefitting Seth Rogan's Hilarity for Charity foundation. October 2015.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - At Priscilla Beach Theatre. Plymouth, MA.

Playing Tzeitel at Priscilla Beach Theatre.  Directed by Ron Fassler. Summer 2015.

The Magiker - Reading w/ Bryan Cranston

Reading of The Magiker a new play by Charles Dennis.  With; Bryan Cranston, Richard Benjamin, Fred Melamed, & Linda Purl.  January 2015.

Director's Lab West - Assistant Production Coordinator

Amazing ten-day intensive lab for mid-career theatre directors. Summer 2014 & 2015.

Happy - A play by Doris Dorrie

At the Prince Edward Island Fringe Festival.  Reprising Emilia; the role I created in 2014 when the first English translation of the German play first premiered at Point Park University. Adapted by James Daniel Frost.  August 2014.

Conversations With Other Women - Adapted for the stage/Directed/Produced

With the blessing of Gabrielle Zevin, the screenwriter of the original 2005 film, I adapted a multi-media stage version of the film.   April 2014.

The Playboy of the Western World

As The Widow Quinn at Point Park University.  April 2014.

Lester simultaneously villainous and affable, it’s a rare feat.
— 'Burgh Vivant

Sunken Living Room at The Drama Bookshop NYC

My butt is on the font of a play!  We did David Caudle's brilliant, poignant, hilarious The Sunken Living Room in 2012.  David made the trip to Pittsburgh to see the show, and when Samuel French re-printed the play this year, they used our poster and invited us to read scenes at The Drama Bookshop NYC. October 2013.

ZAch Braff's "All New People" 

Pinnacle Productions, Pittsburgh. October 2013.