Who am I?

Not Jean Valjean. In fact, I’m not even an actor. Sure, I was in a few plays in high school and in college but my place in the theatre is in an orchestra seat completely enthralled by the brilliantly talented people on stage.

My love for theatre began with one very specific moment on a school night my Junior year of high school.

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That’s right. Glee. A show I knew I nothing about that I just so happened to tune into on the very night Jonathan Groff made his Glee debut. His “Hello” duet with Lea sparked something in me that lead me to my all-time favorite show, Spring Awakening. And from there, I was hooked. I convinced my parents to go to New York and saw my first live Broadway show, Wicked, and then Catch Me if You Can in the same trip.

It would take a few years before I was self-sufficient enough to fund my burgeoning theatre habit but by the end of 2015, I had turned my two shows into five and by the end of 2016 had turned five into seventeen. Oh…and this happened.

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#dreamscometrue. That’s my roomie/bff (left) and I (the short one) meeting Groffsauce

I don’t know how 2017 will top meeting Jonathan Groff at the stage door after seeing him in a performance of Hamilton but I’d like to see it try!

Outside the theatre, I’m just an admin assistant at Universal Studios Hollywood who dreams of being a TV writer and cat lady. I wrote a fantasy screenplay once that put me in the top 10 of a writing competition which was pretty cool. I like my musicals like I like my TV and films – dramatic, dark, and meaningful. You’ll catch me watching Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Daredevil when I’ve got the time or venturing out to see the latest horror film or blockbuster — I’m a sucker for a good superhero film.

Thanks for taking the time to read my rambles about myself. I’d love to get to know you too! Tell me about your favorite show, your favorite theatre in L.A., how you got hooked on this cure for your boredom blues, or whatever you want! I want to hear from you!