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Let’s start at the very beginning…

The arts have been my life from day one.  I tried soccer once, it was laughable.  I was and still am girly, shy, sensitive, caring, and thrive on “being the rainbow in someone’s cloud.”  (Maya Angelou)

That is what performing arts are to me.  A way to reach out to people to make them laugh, escape, feel, dream, or believe.  “Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” (Dead Poets Society)  “Because that’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.” (Saving Mr. Banks)

Cooking is a way for me to connect with my roots and explore my creativity in a delicious way.  (Gnocchi from scratch is a specialty of mine.  I’ll share the family recipe, but only if you cook with me first.)

I love being a wife to my engineer husband.  We are opposites in so many ways, but that allows us to fill in the gaps and live fuller lives together than we would have apart.

I am an only child, but have been blessed with a beautiful circle of friends who have become my family.  I have also been very fortunate to have always been supported by my parents, husband, and extended family especially since the life of a performer, although truly gratifying, can be difficult, long, and lonely.

I measure, work, and live my life by looking to those who came before me.  I strive daily to gain the resourcefulness, logic, and artistry of Matthew Bourne, the ability to overcome personal shortcomings as did Bob Fosse and Agrippina Vaganova, the imagination, persistence, hope, and faith of Walt Disney, and the willingness to bear one’s soul like Liza Minnelli.  I am constantly pushing myself to learn, grow, achieve, and experience as much as I can.

To wrap it up, I’ll leave you with a verse of my favorite poem:

“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
(Robert Frost)

Matthew 19:26b

 

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