Born and raised in Framingham, MA, I have always enjoyed life in the performing arts. I studied ballet and modern dance rigorously from age 5 through 16, while performing frequently. In high school I discovered my love for acting and theater, and served as President of my high school's award-winning Drama Company during my senior year.


I earned my B.A. in Theater Education: Acting from Emerson College, with a minor in Hearing and Deafness (American Sign Language). During my time at Emerson I was extremely involved in various student productions, and I danced, choreographed, and served on the Executive Board for Emerson's Dance Company. 


I'm currently a full-time middle school theatre teacher at Hawthorne Brook, and work as a freelance choreographer. I am also pursuing a Master of Arts in Directing at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts (expected 2021). Additionally, I dance in a Cambridge-based contemporary dance company, Nozama Dance Collective, and serve on the Middle School Division Council of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG).  I love to act in community theatre productions when my schedule allows. Outside of the performing arts, my hobbies include fitness, photography, practicing American Sign Language, slowly improving my baking skills, and nerding out about Harry Potter. 



What's Happening Now?

Hawthorne Brook Middle School's spring play and entry to the METG Middle School Festival, A Midsummer Night's Dream, earned a Silver Medal! Ten students were awarded for excellence in acting and technical design.

I'm looking forward to Nozama's upcoming showcase in August. Tickets here

My second of three summers at Roosevelt University's Masters in Arts in Directing program at the Chicago College of Performing Arts is underway! I've learned Stage Combat, Movement, Costume Design, Scenic Design, and various styles of adapting texts for the stage. I love summers in Chicago seeing lots of fantastic theatre and enjoying all the city has to offer!

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