I grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and dreamed of being an actor. I was one of those highly energetic kids always forcing my family to watch me put on puppet shows and other one-girl performances. I acted in a number of drama camp and school plays, and I saw my dream coming true when I was accepted to the BFA Acting program at Illinois Wesleyan University. During my time at IWU, I discovered the fascinating world of voice and dialects. Suddenly a new dream began to take shape.
From 2012-2018, I worked as a dialect/vocal coach in Chicago. I coached over 60 theatrical productions, worked on multiple major television shows, and provided private accent coaching to countless actors. In 2017, I made a video with BuzzFeed called “How to Do 12 Different Accents”, in which I modeled and gave tips on 12 accents. The video went viral and now has millions of views on YouTube and Facebook.
In 2018, I moved to London to start the MFA Voice Studies program at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2020, I graduated with a mark of Distinction. The title of my masters Dissertation was "The Cultural Implications of Intelligibility for Actors on American Stages and the Need for Anti-Racist Practices for Vocal Coaches".
I am now in the second year of working as an Adjunct Professor of Voice, Speech, and Acting for the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music CCM. This year, I am also working as an Adjunct Professor for Illinois Wesleyan University.
I am legally blind with limited vision in my left eye and no vision in my right eye. I am a proud member of the blind community and disability community at large.