I love acting.

I’m sure that’s not a surprise to many of you reading this, but I’m not sure that I ever shared my journey into acting.

I actually started a lot later than many who pursue this field. I was in my first production when I was 16.

I was privileged to play “Mother” in the play Cheaper by the Dozen. It was an amazing experience. It was a role where the line load wasn’t heavy, but I was on stage almost constantly. I learned to truly act and not just say my lines. And that was a blessing for so many things later on.

From there, I didn’t see much of the stage until I was in my Freshman year of college. I took a foundations of acting and loved it!……And then, again, didn’t do much more for a couple of years when I decided to pursue a degree in Speech Communication.

From then on I was constantly performing. It was exhausting having at least three different performances a week, but I felt so incredibly at peace.

Between my Junior and Senior year, my mother found this amazing place called The Masterworks Festival. I audition for the theatre department and I promise there were squeals involved when I found out I was accepted.

That summer I played Rachel Lynde in Anne of Green Gables. It was, by far, the hardest and most rewarding performance to date. I was stretched as a Christian, person, and actor.

Which was a good thing since I immediately began to work on my senior recital as soon I got back to school.

I decided that I didn’t want to repeat a recital someone else had performed. I wanted to do a new one. So began two months of researching stories and writing, adapting, and editing before I started the long process of rehearsing.

On February 16, 2006 I performed my recital and was allowed to graduate.

Then, as so many acting graduates do, I had very little to do with acting other than coaching kids as school, and coordinating the Night of Recitation.

Then I revisited The Masterworks Festival. This was to be the second of five visits (so far).

I then moved to New Zealand where I currently live. Here I have taught acting classes in a local Christian performing arts school. I have also been blessed to be involved with the end of year concert at the school where I work.

Now, I have just finished co-directing The Wizard of Oz for our school’s main  production.

At this stage, if the Lord continues to open doors, I will be moving back to America next year. To do what? I don’t know. But I feel led to be more involved with acting.

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So that is probably more than you ever wanted to know, but that is the journey God has led me on towards acting.

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