I am a stage, film and television and voice actor, acting teacher and coach, theatre director, writer, mother, and a curious person.
I am intrigued by possibilities; I am thrilled by the revelations offered by nuance; I marvel at impulse and intuition; am moved by discovery; hold rigour in high regard; and am fascinated by the stories that each of us embody, and how we bring those stories to life.
Over my 30 year career I have worked extensively at theatres throughout Canada, on a wide variety of projects from Shakespeare and Shaw to modern classics, 'In-yer-face', and new Canadian works, as well as producing, directing, and acting in independent productions. I have had the great opportunity to work and study with many of our finest theatre creators and teachers, and have been graced with some extraordinary collaborators over the years. My extensive film and television experience includes over 60 film and television productions, including Alias Grace, Mary Kills People (Canadian Screen Award Nomination), When Hope Calls, It, Girl, Orphan Black, V-Wars, Slings and Arrows, The Imposters, Disappearance at Clifton Hill, Frankie Drake, and Murdoch Mysteries as welI as a long list of cartoon, video game and commercial voice-over credits, including the long running Franklin the Turtle Cartoon, Sailor Moon, and Ubisoft's WatchDog Legion
In addition to acting and directing I gain great pleasure through my teaching and coaching. I am blown away time and time again by what actors do; awestruck by those moments when they draw all the pieces together. It is an extraordinarily beautiful and thrilling feat to witness, and it is a gift to have a hand the facilitation of its being, whether my role be director, teacher, or coach.
I am a regular instructor at Randolph College for the Performing Arts and George Brown College's Theatre Performance Program, and I have for many years taught drama and acting at Young People's Theatre where I was an artist-educator in residence. I having coached privately for over a decade, including having coached the first winner of Canada's Triple Sensation - John-Michael Scapin. I have also taught workshops for many of Toronto's leading arts organizations including Soulpepper, Shakespearience, Shakespeare In the Ruff, Ryerson ACT II, Words in Motion, and Shakespeare'sCool: an after school drama program, which I co-founded with fellow actress Deborah Drakeford.
I hold a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta and an MA in Theatre, Drama, and Performance Studies from the University of Toronto, as well has having trained further in movement, improvisation, and speech. I have trained as a live performance audio describer, and for years taught the Nia Technique. In recent years I have also turned my hand to writing, from which I derive great deal of pleasure. it has offered me a new way to explore the action and breath found in words. Underlying all this is my being a mother; which has enriched my experience of the world immeasurably, and which though it does not lie at the root of my craft, certainly has informed it.
Watchdogs:Legion - (videogame) Ubisoft-, 2021
Girl - (feature film), 2020
When Hope Calls - ( TV Series) Hallmark, 2019
Mary Kills People ( TV Series) Global *Canadian Screen Award nomination - best supporting actress- Drama
All My Puny Sorrows, - feature Film (2021)
The Vale (video game voice-over) - Flying Squirrel