I was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up mostly in surrounding areas such as the tiny town of Clarkston until the age of 18.
At that age, I made the move to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, thankfully with the complete support of my parents.
Victoria as Mother in Ragtime
Growing up, my biggest influences were in classical singing. My mentors were my first voice teacher, Kaye Rittinger, as well as the late renowned opera singer, Elizabeth Parcells. Surprisingly, I did not have an interest in acting until I reached high school. A friend convinced me to audition for a local community theatre, where I booked Hodel in a musical review. From that moment, my original plan to study opera began to shift over to the world of musical theatre - I was dazzled by it!
This is my first time performing "Ragtime", but Mother has been a dream role of mine for years. My first experience with the show came in the form of seeing the national tour as it passed through Detroit. I immediately went out to buy the Broadway cast recording, and began to play it nightly as the music I fell asleep to... for months! My friend and I were so blown away by the beautiful music after seeing the show, that we couldn't decide whether we'd rather be Mother and Tateh, or Sarah and Coalhouse - so we sang both. ALL the time.
Some of my favorite shows are Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me, Kate, The Music Man (In which I have had the great fortune of playing Marian Paroo at the WBT), South Pacific, West Side Story, Jekyll and Hyde, Next To Normal, Candide, and of course Ragtime, to name a few. I have already checked a couple of my dream roles off the list with Mother and Marian. At some point in my career, I would love to tackle Cunegonde in Candide, as well as Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate.
When not on stage, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend Tom, walking through nature trails, bicycling, reading, playing Disney princesses at children's birthday parties, as well as watching unhealthy amounts of Family Guy.
I have a wide array of music on my Ipod. Florence + The Machine, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Frank Sinatra, Imagine Dragons, Debussy...whatever makes me feel good!
As Marian in The Music Man