My professional experience as a Nonprofit Director, Artistic Director, Educator, Communications Consultant, Video Director/Producer, and Actor has given me the skills to approach a task with a multi-layered depth of development.
I grew up on the sidewalks of New York City and in the green WILDS of New Jersey. My father was a playwright and a constant learner and my mother was an intuitively wonderful cook who always used fresh ingredients, hardly ever referring to a cookbook (note! she did not like baking so rarely did it).
The seeds from both their interests are combined in my life interests. I have vivid memories of the loamy smells of the composting leaves that my father and I dug into our long vegetable garden; the rich taste filling my mouth from a just picked slightly warm tomato sprinkled with salt; the sight of the colorful jars of food that my mother processed when I was little. All of this laid the foundation for my later studying the composition and biology of soils; the techniques for growing food without synthetic fertilizers and harmful pesticides; researching and choosing the best available foods for my system and how to prepare them; and my fascination for how all life depends on an interacting and interdependent system of diverse layers.
And, speaking of layers, growing up surrounded by the entertainment world, I began acting as a very young person. This continued through my high school years with acting in many professional summer theater productions and finally– to studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. I was so very fortunate to have teachers and mentors there such as Sanford Meisner for acting and Martha Graham for dancing. From there straight to Broadway to be directed by Elia Kazan in a play by William Inge; touring opposite Sammy Davis, Jr.; appearing in many television shows including a two year stint as a main character in “The Guiding Light”; a number of Off-Broadway productions; and several independent films; and co-creating and performing “The Haunting of Lady MacBeth” and a one woman show “Open Windows”. Having also studied with Lee Strasberg, it was a wonderful opportunity to teach and direct productions at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York which also serves as a studio for NYU’S Tisch School of the Arts. I bring my experience from being both in front of the camera and directing productions — to being behind the camera to produce and direct videos that focus on my passion—environmental and social concerns.