of my beginnings in Iowa, Iíve been choreographing since the 7th gradeÖ
bossing the girls around (boys donít dance) before putting myself in
their numbers for the Spring Show. Next it was off the high school to
sharpen the pon pon squad and create the drag version for the Sadie
Hawkins Ceremonies; 14 football players in drag dancing to the Sugar
Hill Gang - Revolutionary!
one year, I left the University of Iowa Theater/Dance Program to study
with Gus Giordanoísí Jazz Dance Chicago in 1983. I went to PCPA
Theaterfest in Santa Maria, California, enrolling in their two year
intensive training program - awesome experience. After being offered
resident choreographer/acting company member, I decided to return to
Chicago to study at the Theater School at De Paul University (Goodman
School of Drama).
1989, I began my "God, when am I going to be good enough to get to New
York?" stage. After performing in Europe in West Side Story and in over
40 musicals regionally, I made it to the Big Apple, gratefully getting
work in Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, An Evening at Carnegie
Hall with Betty Buckley as well as the World Premiere of A
Christmas Carol at Madison Square Gardens - "Thank you, Susan Stroman."
successful run on Broadway, I moved to Los Angeles and began working in
television and (one) film. After a recurring role and a handful of
"co-starring," I began choreographing, teaching dance and movement on
the Adjunct Faculty at Cypress College in Theater and Dance for a few
years. I also directed/co-produced Doing Judy at the Matrix
Theater in LA in 2001. Choreographic credits including The Bubbly
Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Sweet Charity, Bat Boy, Best Little
Whorehouse in Texas, Grease, Annie Get Your Gun, Summerland, Little
Caesars Pizza (Telly Award winner).
Today, I choreograph for commercials and television; teach movement for actors,
on faculty of US Performing Arts during the summer months at UCLA, UC Berkeley,
and Florida State University. I am on the steering committee for Christopher Street West.
I am also continuing my commitment to Aid For AIDS with Best in Drag Show, now in its 8th year.