I found out I was funny! At my call-back for the New York Neo-Futurists, I performed a short dramatic solo piece I'd written about the deep shame I felt eating certain foods in public . . . to uproarious laughter. "I didn't know that was funny" I said sheepishly when I was done. "Oh, you're funny, Eevin" said Managing Director (and now very good friend) Rob Neill from the back of the room. And in that moment I went "oh yeah. I am funny," and never looked back.
I can't remember a time that I wasn't an actor. I started acting before I started Kindergarten. (In the grand tradition of nepotism in show biz, my grandfather got me my first job as an extra on As The World Turns). I LOVED being a child actor and I had some amazing experiences (playing Helen Keller opposite Karen Allen in the Roundabout's production of The Miracle Worker is top of the list), but as I worked with the Neo-Futurists - rigorously writing, producing, directing and performing countless short plays and three full-length productions - I had the opportunity to develop my own artistic point of view and to experience a much greater sense of agency in my work. It’s that sense of agency and point of view that I’ve since been working to bring back into my acting. As a kid, I was looking to please others; as an adult I’m interested in bringing more to the table than my ability to hit a mark and take direction well (but I'll bring those too!).
Most recently, through co-creating/writing my award-winning comedy webseries, Gemma & The Bear! I've discovered the joy of screenwriting. I love the freedom writing gives me to be creative - anytime, anywhere, alone or with others - and am enjoying building those muscles (and ambitions). The balance of working alone and working collaboratively has been empowering and inspiring and, I believe, is making me stronger as both an actor and writer.
I'm a mom. I live in Manhattan. My husband plays the accordion. We have a dog and two cats.
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