I'd like to think I know what I’m doing by now! I have many voiceover, on-camera, and theater credits, such as, most recently, Berthe in Pippin with Music Theater Works or Mrs. O’Brien at the Greenhouse Theater Center. I’ve done many Late Nite Catechism sequels and have traveled the country and Canada, making people laugh, and that’s just darned fun! I also talk for a living, having been heard on Allstate, Quaker, Fisher, Morton, Mortal Kombat 11 (I’m on the poster! Sorta), Watchdogs, and more (check out my demos).
I created and currently teach Voiceover 101 and Advanced Voiceover On Demand classes at the Second City Training Center, Chicago, which has attracted students from all over the world. In addition, I also currently offer one-on-one voiceover coaching, the Voiceover Gymnasium Workout, and the Video Game Voiceover Class with Dominic Cianciolo, VO and Story Director and Writer at NetherRealm Studios (Mortal Kombat, Injustice, and more). I’ve also taught voiceover and more at Bosco Productions, Discover Card, Baylor University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, In Forte, and many individual clients. Many of my students have gone on to work in the industry recording commercials, games, and narration.
Along with my BA in Theater, I have a “masters” (small m) in Comedy from the Second City Conservatory, iO, and The Annoyance Improv Theater. I’ve employed my extensive improv, acting, and comedy skills in corporate comedy videos for Second City Works and Second City Bizco, the corporate training arms of Second City, Chicago. Clients include Adobe, AHIMA, The Chicago Bulls, Rush Hospital, Second City Works, Great Wolf Lodge, RBS, Astra Zeneca, Altria, and McDonald's. I’ve also performed improv and written and performed sketch comedy with the Chicago Comedy Company, honing my skills as an improviser and writer for corporations and colleges all over the country.
Oh, I’ve even been on TV! I know that because people say they’ve seen me on things like Chicago Med, Boss, Sheryl Still Single (nominated for best supporting actress), Friend Dog Studios: The Sketches, and more. (IMDb).
Oh! I wrote, produced, and performed in a show called Journey to the Center of the Uterus ™: Adventures Infertility! Yep, it’s a comedy about infertility. Hey, if you don’t laugh, you cry all the time, and who wants that? It’s based on my roller coaster experience of infertility. It premiered in Chicago and was featured on the PBS special Health Secrets: What Every Woman Should Know hosted by Paula Zahn. She winked at me! OK, she didn’t, but she liked it.
One of my most important roles is being a Crisis Intervention Role Play trainer for the Illinois Police, where I use my improv and acting training for good. I help officers learn to communicate and engage empathetically and effectively with the mentally ill by creating characters typical of those they might encounter and then coach them to change or modify their approach. I’ve trained hundreds of police officers throughout Illinois and do this as an homage to my brother, who died in a psychiatric hospital. I consider this to be one of my most rewarding and vital roles.
Let’s see. What else…
Oh! I wrote a sitcom called Fertile Ground with Andrew Eninger, developed a sitcom and screenplay contest for the Second City Training Center, and produced a festival for funny women called, you guessed it, The Funny Women Fest.
And I ain’t done yet!
You can book Voiceover coaching here. Or, if you want to book me, I’m represented exclusively by Big Mouth Talent (Chicago) for On Camera and Theater and Grossman and Jack (Chicago) for Voiceover. Or contact me directly!