ACTRESS • WRITER • AUTHOR • STORYTELLER
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, I wrote stories in my diary to make sense of life. At age 7, I started studying acting and performing in Birmingham Summerfest Theater productions. In a city harboring a dark and ugly history, I learned that silencing stories destroys us, while illuminating their truth heals and evolves our souls.
Living in Manhattan for the past 15 years, I’ve pursued this endeavor by acting and writing in film, theater, television, advertising campaigns, several books and major publications, both fiction and non-fiction. From 2008-2011, I earned a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, exploring the complex stories of the world’s religions and spiritual traditions, and how diverse cultures and races explained our common experiences of grief, fear, loss, violence, joy, hope, faith and love.
In 2015, I wrote Femmevangelical, sharing untold stories of how ancient religious narratives became rooted deep into modern American culture and politics, and how they oppress women, LGBTQIA people, people of color, and people living in poverty and the industrial prison system, ultimately denying us both our humanity and divine purpose. I’ve contributed stories to Variety, TIME, The Hill, NPR, CNN HLN, MSNBC, FOX, Huffington Post, and more. For me, acting and writing are about authentically exploring the complex human condition through comedy and drama, so that we may realize the greater story in which every one of us has a crucial part to play.