Hometown: Pelham, NY
Most Memorable Gig: I was a student at the School of American Ballet in New York City where I performed in the New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker Suite with Peter Boal (current Artistic Director for PNB) and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Peter was the child Prince, I was a soldier and Baryshnikov was the Cavalier – the star of the show. I bumped into Baryshnikov in the elevator and promptly realized I was taller than he was! I was 10 years old.
Career Highlights: My career as a professional dancer never hit the pavement; instead I graduated from Kenyon College where I met my husband Hugh. We moved to the Seattle area in 1992 and settled in Snoqualmie Valley in 1995 where we enjoy living close to the mountains. It was always a goal to live where there are more trees than people. My passion for ballet and musical theater has lead me to fundraising and becoming a member of the Board of Directors for Pacific Northwest Ballet. I am proud to have raised over $200,000 for scholarship students during the 8 years that I have been involved with PNB STARS. I have also loved being a coach for the Mount Si Lacrosse Club Youth Boys teams from 2011-2018.
My Journey to Big Star: After 10 years in the video production and software manufacturing industry, I became a stay-at-home mom when our boys were very little. Corey & Kathy asked me to join the team at REACH Eastside Performing Arts as the office manager. When REACH closed their doors, there were 25 kids in the musical theater program that REALLY wanted to continue taking classes, and Big Star Studios was born! I am proud to have helped the company as a start-up in 2011.
My Mission: It is my goal to provide a nurturing environment for teachers and students. I love seeing the kids in Snoqualmie Valley and beyond performing, gaining confidence, and learning so much about themselves through our fantastic programming.