My Bio

A born performer

I have always loved the stage, in fact, when I was two years old with my parents at a local festival, I snuck up on stage and proceeded to dance along with the band.  When my dad tried to remove me from the stage, the audience actually booed him.  


After this discovery, I started working in film, print, commercials, theatre, talent competitions, pageants and honestly any performance opportunity I could book.  When I was in middle school, I was selected to perform in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, featuring Donny Osmond at the Chicago Theatre.  I was also accepted into the Chicago Academy for the Arts, a specialized high school for the performing arts.  Although I was unable to attend due to my father being transferred, I continued to pursue my passion for the stage and ended up going to school for music.

I went to Oklahoma City University and received my Bachelor’s in Music, where I studied with Florence Birdwell, a world renown vocal professor who also trained stars like Kristen Chenoweth and Kelli O’Hara.


I have had the honor of performing many roles during my time in theater, with some of my favorite credits being:  Amneris in Aida (Bayou City Theatrics), Louisa Contini in NINE (artFACTORY), Maureen in Rent (Lonestar Theater), Vixon in Dracula (Texas Repertory Theatre), Princess Belle and Princess Baldroulbador in the Houston premiere of Disenchanted (artFACTORY), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors,  and Miss Willow in the national off broadway premiere of The Most Miserable Christmas Tree (Brooklyn Regional Theater).  


Other select theatre credits include: Waitress/Checker/Prostitute in Working (Standing Room Only), Meredith in Batboy (Bayou City Theatrics), Patsy Cline/Dusty Springfield in Feeling Alright (Standing Room Only) and Amanda in the world premiere of Night of the Comets (Oklahoma City University).

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