I’m an actor and writer in the Midwest.
I love scenes that shift every night. I love being in heated familiar arguments and clear-eyed monologues and quiet scenes where barely anyone speaks and loud mayhem with slamming doors. I love quick changes barely offstage and when stage lights look like sunlight and I love the sound of the audience quieting when the play begins and I love all of it, all of it.
Jennifer in Crop Dust by Thomas Nicol & Andrew Gleason
Susan in Super Amazing Man vs. Dr. Evil for Pens to Lens
Inquisitive fan in Writer's Block for Pens to Lens
Wanda in Wanda and Pickles Discover the Earth by Anne Lukeman for Pens to Lens
Theresa in Sister and Brother (web series) by Shut Up & Do It Productions
Liz in Sunshine by Andrew Gleason for Pens to Lens
Customer in Big Baby for Dallas & Co. by Sleepy Creek Studios
Mary (VO) in Dark Watch by QuantumCat Animation
Jess in David and Jess Are Jerks. They Also Have Superpowers. by Kill Vampire Lincoln Productions
Goo Servant (VO) in The Goo Party by AJ Christensen for Pens to Lens
Anderson in Office Lifeguard for Coppertone by Sleepy Creek Studios
Claire in The Thinking Molecules of Titan by Forced Perspective Entertainment
Janey in The Light by Tim Meyers
Georgette in Scary Normal by Hot Diggity Productions
Recent onstage acting
Nina in Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner / Station Theatre
Emmy Helmer in A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath / Station Theatre
Grace Kiefaber in Interior: Panic by Tennessee Williams / Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis
Karen Weston in August: Osage County by Tracy Letts / Station Theatre
Aimee in The Night Alive by Conor McPherson / Station Theatre
Director, The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord by Scott Carter / Station Theatre
Alex in A Kid Like Jake by Daniel Pearle / Station Theatre
Nina in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang
I've written non-fiction about 90s LiveJournal in The Toast and about loving a little brother with drug addiction in The Rumpus. I've written fiction published in places like Little Fiction, WhiskeyPaper, Sundog Lit, and Hobart.
I'm working on a memoir. I write a newsletter called Better Still.
But Nobody Did | Little Fiction
Bring It On Home to Me *** | WhiskeyPaper
Number-One Earthly Reason | Sundog Lit
Love Me Tender | Counterexample Poetics
I Guess That Makes It Alright | Counterexample Poetics
A Very Tiny Bowl of Frosted Flakes | Hobart
Beetroot** | Sundog Lit
Monologue | Storm Cellar
Ants | Smokelong Quarterly
Shelter * | WhiskeyPaper
The Gulf | Bluestem
Night * | Necessary Fiction
Nightcrawler | Storychord
* Nominated for 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award
** Wigleaf’s Top 50 for 2014 longlist
*** Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
I was born in 1983. I grew up with my parents and little brother on a corn and soybean farm in rural Illinois.
I loved reading in the grass and watching the trees. I was a member of a small theatre where kids learned to put on theatre by doing Shakespeare and ancient Greek plays. I loved the internet. I loved Bust magazine and Ani DiFranco. I loved driving in the country with the windows down and all the gravel dust swirling in.
I'm married to a musician named Larry. I'm a member of the Celebration Company at the Station Theatre, where I've directed once but I still dig acting the most. I got a creative writing MFA. I'm the content strategist at Pixo, a woman-owned digital agency in downtown Urbana.
I still love all the same things. I still get onstage to do Shakespeare. Still stay up late to read. Still roll down the windows.
Oh, and I make good Spotify playlists every month if you want to listen.