Playwright, Composer, Lyricist
I fell in love with musicals in high school where it wasn’t uncommon to find me singing, If I Loved You from Carousel, at the top of my lungs while dancing around the lunchroom. Intensely serious, while injecting humor into everything – the story of my life. I studied musical theater at Hofstra University and then transferred to The Mannes College of Music in NYC where I majored in voice. After graduating I sang on national TV and radio commercials and my original songs were featured on national TV, in daytime drama and in off-Broadway productions. My passion for finding the humor in all things led me to study with the Groundlings East Coast Company where I honed my skills as a sketch writer, developing various characters and performing weekly on Theater Row. After moving to LA in ’98, my original one-woman show Goodbye Coney Island was produced at The LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Ed Gould Theater and won Best Bet in the LA times. This ushered me into studying TV and film writing with Bob Gookin where I developed two treatments for full length screenplays. I was inspired to bring this project to the stage after reading of the murder of Lawrence King in Oxnard, CA in 2008. Under the mentorship of Elise Dewsberry at The Academy for New Musical Theatre – New Musicals, Inc., my vision has now come to life as my first musical, Living Over the Rainbow. My hope is that this story will open hearts and minds to embrace our Oneness with all life and to heal that which has us believing in “the other”.