Many of my earliest memories are of playing make-believe with my sister, Megan, and going to dance class in Southern California, sometimes 5 days a week. I had the good fortune of attending Abraham Lincoln High School, a public school with a magnet program for the arts, in San Jose, CA. While there I could take drama, dance, and choir classes, all in one day. Those days truly shaped the person that I am now – why give up one, when you can be a triple threat?
After getting my Bachelor’s degree at UC San Diego, I worked a few entry level jobs in Los Angeles, trying to “get in” the post-production world of editing for television and trailers. These were the years before YouTube and I picked up a few skills. I still love shooting and editing videos for small projects.
My first professional job in theatre was in the ensemble of Miss Saigon at Fullerton Civic Light Opera in 2005. The production was built from scratch with all new sets and costumes, and it went on to win the LA Ovation Award for Best Musical that year. Sadly, FCLO has since closed their doors. They are missed by a great many of us.
Now that I have relocated back to the Bay Area with my family, I am enthusiastically involved in local theatre. I love to hike in the massive green spaces of the East Bay, and I’m interested in how technology intersects with music education for kids.