Member Since: 1998
What has been your favorite role?
I don’t have a favorite role so much as a favorite experience on set. I recently had the pleasure of working on Joe Pickett, Season 2. Everyone was really kind and supportive—like, everyone. There was a fantastic sense of play and collaboration in the air.
What do you do when you are not performing?
I’m a Lunch Supervisor at an elementary school—and I love it! It’s a real privilege to watch children learn and grow, and also help them on that journey. I get to use a lot of the skills I’ve acquired as a Performer, like listening, patience, and flexibility. I’m also a Mom to two teenagers and one very fluffy doggy.
What organization / activity are you involved with or passionate about that people would find interesting?
I’m passionate about literacy, especially for kids. I was lucky enough to take courses with Calgary Reads before it was dissolved this past fall. I use those skills in my job every day. But the secret sauce in helping kids learn to read (and engaging them in the material) is also being a bit of an entertainer. Teaching kids to read, or just reading to them, can be very rewarding for a Performer.
What Director would you like to work with?
I’m not picky, but I’d say it sure helps to work with people who want to work with you; who see something they like in how you approach a role. I like the work of Jeff Nichols, Liesl Tommy, Spike Lee, and Shane Black (to name a few). Yeah, I’d probably say yes to them—ha!
What is your favorite movie and/or TV show?
Y’all don’t laugh now, but I’m a huge fan of Let’s Make a Deal. It’s got tension, drama, improv, and deals! It’s the total escapist package.
As a Performer, what is one thing you wish you would have known sooner?
I wish I’d known the language of filmmaking (including but not limited to screenwriting). Understanding filmmaking puts your contribution as a Performer in perspective, and it can help you make choices that not only serve the story, but enhance it.