Thanks for stopping here on my profile page and taking a few minutes to learn more about me, my life, and how I got into the wonderful world of audiobooks.
Born in Miami, Florida, I've been a performer since the age of 6 when my First Grade teacher, a Dominican nun, told my parents, "You MUST put this child into acting class!" Fortunately, they listened to her and I can see now, in retrospect, that the education I received in all aspects of theatre at the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre under the direction of Miss Nancy Yohe, was the best foundation I could possibly have received, and it has held me in good stead all my life. We learned respect for the theater itself - respect for our craft, respect for our fellow actors and technicians, respect for the producer, and respect for our audiences.
I went on to study theater at Broward Community College, Florida Atlantic University (as a Faculty Scholar), Florida State University School of Theatre, and the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City.
Upon graduating, I worked in regional theatre in South Florida for many years, both as an actor and director, and earned my membership in Actors' Equity Association. But acting and directing alone were never lucrative enough to give me the stable lifestyle I sought. So reluctantly, I entered the corporate world. There I found my niche (in the Special Event Industry), a place where I could express myself creatively and still earn the income I needed to live comfortably. Working as a graphic designer, script writer, actor, and producer for corporate events, I eventually became a Marketing Communications Director for a Destination Management Company with offices in Fort Lauderdale, The Bahamas, and Puerto Rico. I spent many happy years in that world, working in luxury hotels on sun-kissed beaches with marvellous people I still have as friends to this day.
My life took another broad turn when I met my husband, a law professor at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, who was vacationing in South Florida. We married in New York City in 2013 and held our wedding reception at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Because of our mutual love of Theatre we decided upon a Broadway-themed wedding, and it was truly spectacular from start to finish. We return to New York City every year, staying at the Marriott Marquis, and seeing a week's worth of Broadway shows.
I now live with my husband in Dublin, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus), and have returned to acting and directing in this thriving theatrical community. In addition to teaching law, my husband is a professional playwright and I have been fortunate to direct several of his plays locally which have proven themselves to be popular successes.
In response to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns and quarantines, I decided to install a recording booth in my home and pursue yet another outlet for my creativity - audiobooks. That journey has been a story unto itself, the details of which I will save for another time. Suffice it to say, I knew nothing about the industry and had to teach myself - from scratch - what I could garner from YouTube videos and conversations with friends. To those YouTube videos and those friends, I am very grateful. Now I have connected with the industry and am workshopping with professional narrators and producers. It's taken a few years but I feel strongly that I am on my way to successful career work in the audiobook industry. This March I will be attending my first APAC (Audio Publishers Association Conference) in, of all places, (oddly enough) the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square - my home away from home. I'm looking forward to networking with my fellow narrators, hopefully making friends, and getting my voice in front of producers and publishers.
I frequently joke that there is a veritable repertory company of actors living inside of me. They all come out to play in the audiobooks I narrate.