I was born and raised around Philadelphia and whiled away innumerable hours of my childhood improvising musicals with my sister, using our mother’s collection of 45s for the scores. In high school, I would borrow my father’s train pass to visit New York as often as I could and spend my allowance at the TKTS booth. While at Carnegie Mellon, I interned at Pittsburgh Public, where I worked on the pre-Broadway tour of Quilters.
After college, I landed in New York as an editor at Playbill, a “sensible” job that supported my theatergoing habit. However, when I was cast in an Off-Broadway revival of The Mikado, I left commonsense behind to tread the boards. I worked almost exclusively in musicals, in no small part due to Craig Carnelia’s keen tutelage, and kept up my legit chops by studying with Uta Hagen. It was a hard-knock life but I enjoyed it – until the epiphany I had one summer while cleaning a dressing room bathroom in the course of earning my final EMC points.
I returned to the world of nine to five as Director of Publications at the Dramatists Guild, for whom I created The Dramatist magazine and coordinated the Jonathan Larson Fellowship, under the direction of Stephen Sondheim. Over the course of ten years, I was fortunate to meet nearly all of my musical heroes – from Lynn Ahrens to David Zippel – and to receive support from many of them, particularly Tom Jones, when I founded my own theater company, Music in a Box. Somehow, I also found time to sing in the Juilliard Choral Union and to write in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.
I left the bustle of New York for a chance to help Arena Stage open the Mead Center for American Theater, the largest performing arts center built in Washington, D.C., since 1972. In the past few years, I’ve worked on the communications team for the pre-Broadway engagement of Pulitzer Prize winner Next to Normal, taught musical theater writing at Camp Arena Stage, and even performed in the Edward Albee Festival.
In addition to being a musical theater fanatic, I am a coffee fiend, reference book junkie, and electronica enthusiast.
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