I was born in the mid 90s, in a Connecticut hospital down the street from my childhood home. I was raised by two social worker parents in a house filled with books and records, and my childhood was indoorsy and somewhat sheltered. I was in special education for nearly all of my compulsory schooling, which contributed to a lifelong feeling of being on the outside looking in. At fourteen I heard Tom Waits and Nick Cave cover songs from The Threepenny Opera and was inspired to begin acting.
While an undergrad at SUNY Purchase College I spent prodigious amounts of time on extracurriculars, not only directing and acting in school plays, but also managing the college radio station (where I cofounded the Spectral Citadel arts collective with three friends, a collaboration in theatre, video, and genre fiction that continues after a fashion to this day). Summers were spent with the Shakespeare Academy at Stratford, where I began as a student in the inaugural ensemble and was eventually made an artist-in-residence three times.
I moved to New York in 2016, performing in pieces both canonical and original. I performed off-Broadway and in regional summer stock, and in 2018 was noted by Time Out New York and The New York Times for my performance in Agnes Borinsky’s “Ding Dong, it’s the Ocean.” For a time I worked at a fancy movie theater in SoHo, where I met Marina Abramović, Mandy Patinkin, Kyle MacLachlan, and Daniel Day-Lewis. Anne Bogart said nice things about me when I volunteered for scene study classes at Columbia University. My recent work has largely been self-produced and often involves my own writing.
My work, whether as an actor, writer, or director, is rooted in character, language, and imagination. I have a special fondness for outsiders, criminals, foreigners, and rogues. I aspire to always stay in touch with fantasy, comedy, ensemble, and a playfully revisionist relationship to history and literature.
I recently moved to Clinton Hill after a stint in Stratford, Connecticut as the caretaker of a two-story 19th-century home.
I have the strength of twelve men. I was the first woman to swim the English Channel. There is a public square in Amsterdam named in my honor.
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