On set for  You’re So Talented  (prod. OpenTV, dir. Sam Bailey, HBO’s  Brown Girls,  feat. Ashleigh LaThrop ( The Handmaid’s Tale)  and Gabriel Franken)

On set for You’re So Talented (prod. OpenTV, dir. Sam Bailey, HBO’s Brown Girls, feat. Ashleigh LaThrop (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Gabriel Franken)

I’m originally from Massachusetts, but Illinois has been home for over a decade now, both the city of Chicago and the cornfields of Urbana.

I started acting professionally at sixteen. Once, while filming a scene at a payphone outside a liquor store in the Boston area, a woman walked right into the shot and said to me, “Hey hon, you a movie stah?” which is truly a perfect representation of what it’s like to shoot indie film in New England.

My aha moment came while holding down a C-stand for the other actor’s close-up after mine was finished: “This work is wild and I need to figure out how to do it forever.”

This magic theatrical moment brought to you by Nicole Zausmer’s costume design, Michelle Benda’s lighting design, JW Morrissette’s direction, and the ensemble cast turning my tutu into Lake Michigan.

This magic theatrical moment brought to you by Nicole Zausmer’s costume design, Michelle Benda’s lighting design, JW Morrissette’s direction, and the ensemble cast turning my tutu into Lake Michigan.

Training

In May 2018, I graduated from the three-year MFA Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Roles there include Twelfth Night (Maria), Travesties (Gwendolyn), Iago's Plot (Emilia), Failure: A Love Story (Jenny June Fail), Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (Colleen) and Kingdom City (Miriam), all at the beautiful Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. I studied with Robert G. Anderson, Robin McFarquhar, Susan Schuld, Lisa Gaye Dixon, Zev Steinrock, Struan Leslie, and Philip Johnston, who radically transformed my artistic practice. I’m also a proud member of The Brown Theatre Collective, where I co-directed Maria Irene Fornés's The Sucessful Life of 3 with BFA collaborator Melody Contreras.

As Lizzie MacKay, opposite Sándor Menéndez as Fred, in Aguijón’s 2014 production of  La Fulana Respetuosa: Concierto Teatral , a Spanish-language adaption of Sartre’s  The Respectful Prostitute  featuring songs performed by the inimitable Alba Guerra.

As Lizzie MacKay, opposite Sándor Menéndez as Fred, in Aguijón’s 2014 production of La Fulana Respetuosa: Concierto Teatral, a Spanish-language adaption of Sartre’s The Respectful Prostitute featuring songs performed by the inimitable Alba Guerra.

Ensembles

In Chicago, I’m an ensemble member with Aguijón Theater, the city's longest running Spanish-language ensemble, and a company member with the live literature collective 2nd Story, where I write, direct and curate personal narrative performance.

Education

I earned my bachelor’s in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Chicago, while training at Black Box Acting Studio. I also studied sociology at the University of Buenos Aires and collaborated with teatro x la identidad, the artistic arm of the human rights group Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo.

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The Part Where I Tell You I’m White

One more thing: I’m a white Jewish actor, fluent in Spanish but not Latina. If you’re looking for Latinx actors, please talk to the fine folks at ALTA (Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists) and/or the Chicago Inclusion Project.

If you think this statement is ridiculous, please know that some of the best conversations I’ve ever had with CDs have come from it, and visit Lauren Villegas’s Project Am I Right.

If you've made it this far: I'm obsessed with grocery shopping. Other than being on stage or in front of a camera, there's nowhere I'd rather be than the produce aisle at midnight. Probably embarrassing my wife by singing and dancing along to the muzak.