Attending the National Ballet School was something that I worked very hard for. I relished the experience and learned so much from my teachers, but was asked to leave the school after one year because my body shape was not developing in a way that would be ideal for a career in ballet. I have to thank the NBS or I would never have found my true passion, musical theatre.
I attended many dance summer schools including the prestigious Banff Centre of Fine Arts and traveled to England for the Dance and the Child International Conference (daCi) where I met new teachers who continually encouraged and pushed me to be the best I could be.
I had always sung in school choirs and participated in drama, but when I hit high school I started doing community theatre musicals. This is where I started to fall in love with the theatre. I met a young man named Michael Donald when I was playing “Bonnie” Jean MacLaren to his Harry Beaton in Brigadoon under the great Canadian Director/Choreographer Alan Lund. Michael encouraged me to audition for Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program. I never thought I would be accepted into the program, but I was after the first audition.
Thus started my serious career in this business. Three years later I graduated and armed with my photo, resume and a ton of passion to carve the road out ahead of me. I have worked all across Canada in many genres including musical theatre, drama, comedy, dance, opera, television, film and commercials.
In the last few years I have shifted my focus to choreography and have found this to be an exciting and thrilling new chapter in my career.
I currently sit on the steering committee for the Directors Lab North (which is based on the model at Lincoln Center in NYC) and I served two terms as an elected representative with Canadian Actors’ Equity Association on Council and as Co-Chair of the Ontario Council Policy Advisory Group (CPAG).
I now reside in Toronto with my husband, actor and writer, Rob Torr, our two Portuguese water dogs, Ceilidh and Teaghan and our two cats, Audrey and Digit.