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- University of Central Florida (MFA Theatre), University of Michigan Ann Arbor (incomplete MMusicEd), University of Texas at Austin (post-baccalaureate Music/Theatre), California State University at Los Angeles (BMusic/Voice/Classical and minor emphasis Mu
- Self Employed Music/Theatre business owner. Performer/Instructor (Voice/Piano), Director/Music Director/Choreographer. Writer/Producer. Former University of Central Florida Professor. Music Director Tony n' Tina's Wedding (Detroit and Orlando)
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I'm originally from Detroit (where I also currently live) though I've lived in a lot of places in the USA, mostly due to collegiate meandering (Los Angeles, CA; Austin, TX; Orlando/Daytona, FL). I got married in 2010 and moved back to Detroit to be with my husband, Alan, who is a graphic designer and drummer/actor/singer, and all-around great guy!
I've travelled to Costa Rica, Scotland, all provinces in Canada, all 50 USA states (Hawaii and Alaska are wonderful!) and I love the gypsy life. I used to tour with a band in the 80's for 3 years and that was wonderful. I really love people, love to laugh and joke around, I love to learn about other cultures and enjoy any aesthetically stimulating site with friends new or old! My students have gone on to work on Broadway, cruise ships, and many local and exotic venues and I am so proud of the help and support I was able to provide for them. I don't have kids of my own, so those performers are my kids! I hope to meet people of all ages who love life, love other people, love learning, and love to travel as much as I do!
Okay here goes with a little "getting to know you" (or me) blurb: (musical theatre reference/The King and I intentional!):
TRUE things about me that always make me win the "two truths and a lie" game:
#1 I have met and spoken with the Queen of England. Yes, I did, when I was in Scotland in 1990 and she was on her walkabout during the Jazz Festival there....and I have my picture on the front page of the Aberdeen paper to prove it. By the way, she was lovely!
#2 I was on the "Love Connection". Chuck Willary...back in 2 and 2! Yes, I did this when I was in undergrad at Cal State LA.
My "lie" usually is that I pitched an opening pitch for a Tigers game, which everyone seems to believe but is actually not true, though I have a few autographed balls, one from Mark Fiddrich and one from Al Kaline (I think......they're socked away somewhere and I'm not a sports nut so don't quote me on the "who" but I know it was kind of a big deal when I got them!)
As for 5 things I can't live without....hmmmm:
#1 Truth: I want all my relationships and my communication to others to be heartfelt and honest.
#2 Curiosity: When we lose our sense of wonder and discovery we're dead
#3 Human connection: No amount of technological ingenuity can replace eye contact and human kindness
#4 Wanderlust: Move it or lose it.....you get busy living or you get busy dying. I want to see it all!
#5 Sense of humor: I mean this in the best way but sometimes we need to "get over ourselves" and lighten up....what's funny to me may not be funny to you, but that that doesn't mean it's not funny. We need to give each other permission to let off some steam and let each individual let loose their own funnybone.
#6 (actually this is #1 but it just sounds too cheesy to list as #1) My husband. I know, it sounds kinda lame, but I adore him, he is my buddy, and I am so thankful to have a soul mate.
Fave Travel Destinations: #1 Anything with water. #2 Anything else! I love to bike so anywhere I can ride is great.
Fave Books: Anything that is not intellectually lobotomizing. No chicklit for me please!
Good to Great
Talent is Never Enough
Man's Search for Meaning
Any book where I learn about people, business, creativity!
#1 Heist/caper/whodunnit/buddy/adventure films: Italian Job, Bourne Trilogy, Dragon Tattoo Trilogy, Master & Commander, any Grisham film, MIP series....also anything involving fire or any exotic location.
#2 Underdog who overcomes (but not the super cheesy ones): Seabiscuit, The Blind Side, Tucker....
#3 Films based on Literature or any film that is truly artsy or indie: Red Violin, Dangerous Liaisons....
#4 Great animated films: all the old Disney treasures, Toy Story, The Incredibles, Avatar....
Fave Shows & Music:
Any musical theatre, though I actually prefer the edgy and the dark shows, especially if they're both funny and biting like Urinetown. I love The Threepenny Opera, Cabaret, Jekyll & Hyde, West Side Story, Parade. I love the music from the golden era though and still love those classic shows even though they are dated: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific. And as a jazz singer as well, I love any Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Kern, Rodgers/Hart.....great stuff, as well as the songs of Billy Strayhorn and other jazz standards. I love opera as well, and classical music, but mostly the vocal selections more than the choir pieces or orchestral music. Joan Sutherland, Maria Callas, as well as Kathleen Battle and Renee Fleming....obviously I prefer the girls, but I do like the guys too, I just listen to the women more because I love to sing along (in the same octave!).
Food: Ahh.....well, considering I always seem to have pounds to lose (I'm trying NOT to be the typical fat American believe it or not .....and I'm getting better, thanks to my bicycle) anyway, I still have to say that just about any food, if it's prepared well is scrumptious! (No fast food or TV dinner/microwaved cuisine please....just scramble some eggs, delicious!)
Type of people I'd like to guest/host:
#1 Probably anyone who is still reading this far and hasn't run for the hills is someone I'd love to hang out with.
#2 Anyone who genuinely wants help, advice, or friendship along this life journey
#3 Anyone who isn't bogged down or intimidated by age barriers or other such nonsense such as whether we share the same religion, sexual orientation, political views, generational perspectives, cultural observances. WHO CARES.....we call can learn so much from each other. I don't care if your compass points one way and says "north" and mine points a different way and says "north"....let's talk about it (or not, either way) but if we do, it'll be with respect and a genuine attempt to understand why your "north" is different from mine. I'm willing to concede I may not be right, and I know from personal experience every day that I don't have all the answers....."you say po-TAY-to and I say po-TAH-to"!
#4 Anyone who just understood my "potato" joke....better yet, anyone who wryly smiled at my potato joke is someone I must meet....anyone who knows who wrote the song will surely become my lifelong friend!
A person with experience is NEVER at the mercy the person with a theory
We are what we repeatedly do
It's what you do that defines who you are
You're not growing if you're not doing something that scares you on a fairly regular basis
Know (and show) the difference between asking a question and questioning
Be more interested in understanding than in being understood