I started out as an actor when I was in high school. I went to a performing arts school and also worked as an actor with a teen theater group that sometimes toured around New England. I loved acting. Still do. What I didn’t like was the writing. I noticed in acting class women kept having to perform parts that we couldn’t identify with. Not really. After all, how many women walk around the house chirping about gentlemen callers and jonquils. Not many these days.
Look, I love Tennessee Williams as much as you probably do. I was assigned Laura in the Glass Menagerie for scene study back when I was 16 years old. A few years ago, I took an acting class and the teacher assigned me Amanda from the Glass Menagerie.
So, you can see the problem. Clearly, it still exists. I figured back then the world needed more women writers than actors, and not just in theater. When I was at the performing arts school, I went on an audition for a tv movie about children of alcoholics. I didn’t get the part but when my mother watched the movie, she told me I could write a better movie.
My own mother said that, so you know that’s for real. That’s how I ended up going to college for Dramatic Writing rather than acting. But as I said, I loved acting. Still do. Occasionally, I act in theater and film. I’ll get the standard headshot/resume up at some point. For now, here’s a picture that shows me acting. You need proof and I need to put an image up on this page.
By the way, this photo is from Raw Impressions Dance Theatre. We performed at the Frying Pan, a lightship that had been rescued from the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay back in 1929. They cleaned it up and docked it at Pier 66. As I recall, it rocked slightly during the performance. That’s normal. I have acted on dry land as well. But this was a picture from a production in New York City, and you know the importance of that.
One last thing: I also wrote this scene, so there’s no mention of jonquils. I’m the one standing.
If you want to see more of my work (including voiceover, which I’m going to be doing more in the future), please go to my YouTube channel.