am a working actor, singer, director, and teaching artist with an M.F.A. in Acting from The American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University and have worked around the world and with artists such as Robert Woodruff, Rinde Ekert, and Anne Bogart & SITI Company.  I taught acting at Duke University for 12 years and have been a guest lecturer at UNC, NCSU, and area high school drama programs, in addition to teaching private voice & speech, movement, and acting lessons for Little Green PigFlying Machine Theater Company, & Open Mind ImprovI love all of these things and hold a deep passion for acting as well as teaching it.  Singing feeds my other performance desire most and I get all-you-can-eat touring and recording with my band, Curtis Eller's American CIrcus. I am also a member of The Wiley Fosters and Tom Merrigan's Hot Raccoons. With these two passions I fortunately get to engage in the other things that get me going: movement/dance, music, and filmmaking. And I get to do it all with my Durham, NC-based theater company Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern that I run with my husband, actor/director Jaybird O’Berski.

I'm a fan of the irreverent, crass, and darkly humorous.

I believe in irony, foolishness, jokes, and sentiment used wisely and efficiently.

I believe and teach that performance in any style should be uncannily authentic and that no story is taboo.

I am moved by struggle, pain, redemption, bone-crushing beauty, the clown, the anti-hero, the victories of the flawed human being.

 

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