I love the performing arts! I originally got my degree from UC Berkeley in Psychology and thought I might become a therapist but ended up providing therapy through entertainment. My theatre career began with being an original cast member of the San Francisco production of Hair. I have worked for over 30 years in the performing arts as an actress, director, producer, voice over artist, recording artist, script editor and now a teacher at Mount San Jacinto College. I have a great deal of experience in the theater having performed in 5 shows on Broadway including Jesus Christ Superstar and the Tony Award winning Ain’t Misbehavin, 13 shows on London’s West End(the British version of Broadway) including playing Grisbela in Cats, Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors, Lady Thiang in The King and I, Madame de La Grande Bouche in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Belle in Starlight Express, Stella in Follies, Eve in the original production of Children of Eden and Clemma in the British premier of Neil Simon’s Proposals.
I have toured both the US and Europe performing in theater shows and singing with music groups like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and artists like Barry Manilow. I have toured and performed on television promoting my own recordings. I have had the privilege of working in many Theaters and Concert Halls around the world including Gala Performances for royalty.
In addition I have had leading roles in two British Television series, A Leading Role in a British TV Film, supporting parts in 2 feature films and a US Television series. I served as the Managing Director of Rising Roots Productions, a British nonprofit theater production company where she produced the critically acclaimed musical Inner City Jam and a Charity Gala performance that included acts from 21 countries.
I am a two time Inland Theatre League Award winner, one of them being the Founder’s Award for my performance as Bloody Mary in South Pacific and the other for my direction of the MSJC production of Little Shop of Horrors. I also won the British Advertising Award for Best Musical and Vocal Performance.
Apart from teaching Theatre Arts at MSJC, currently I am on the Board of Directors for a new nonprofit organization, “Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California”. The organization’s goal is to support performing arts education and emerging artists in the Inland Empire and surrounding areas.