“…the modern actor’s responsibility is to apply a ruthless intelligence to a character” —Susan Baston
I’m an actor that grew up and still resides in the NY Metro area. My career as an actor comes after my first career as an educator who was the producer/director of many HS plays/shows. I delved about 10 years ago into community theater studying at Black Spectrum Theatre with Beverly Burchett. I then moved to New Federal Theatre to study with Tony award winner Trezana Beverley, Alice Spivak, Arthur French and Charles Turner. I have always pursued private study with various acting coaches culminating with physical theatre training under Natalie Villamonte-Zito who runs The Wandering Theatre Company. Physical theatre is a genre of theatrical performance that encompasses storytelling through physical movement. This form of art married perfectly with my more than 25 year study of African dance. I’m also a singer (second soprano) and am training with Edge Studio in Voice Acting.
Recently I was excited to join The Wandering Theater’s regional DC and NY performance of The Laramie Project playing 7 characters. I also appeared as Rachel Semus in The Wandering Theater’s performance of The Trial of Mrs. Surratt performed in Vermont and during Capital Fringe 2016 and then again in NYC in 2019. I have appeared off Broadway at the Davenport in M’Sai Productions Sons of Johnny Johnson and was recently seen in the Urban World award winning short film Curiosities of the Quiet Boy. Amongst my favorite roles: Elizabeth in The Old Settlers and Billie Holiday in I’m black when I’m singing and blue when I ain’t. The above quote comes from Batson’s book entitled Truth: Personas, Needs, and Flaws in the Art of Building Actors and Creating Characters.