I was fortunate to grow up in a household where star singers were rehearsing with my Mom in the room on the right, and the greatest minds were discussing the discoveries of philosophy and science in the room on the left with my Dad. And boy, did I love both worlds!
I curled up in their lap, listened, felt, and took it all in.
I was born in Budapest, Hungary, the daughter of a mathematics-physics professor father and a pianist mother.
WHAT HAPPENED IN EUROPE
From 6 – 14 years old, I was performing professionally with the Hungarian Radio and TV Children's Choir. In my late teens and early 20’s I have worked as a fashion model and a triple threat musical singer/actress/dancer. Simultaneously, I completed my Master’s degree as a schoolteacher while I was performing in prestigious theaters in Budapest, and have appeared in TV shows in Hungary. I left Hungary in 1989 when the Iron Curtain opened and received a scholarship at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (University of Music and Performing Arts) in Vienna. After I sang in La Scala in Milan, I became more oriented towards musical theater and acting in Austria.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
In late 1993, I was in NYC and I auditioned for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. They offered me a scholarship and I completed the Musical Theatre Program. I began to work in the US in 1995-96. Since then I’ve appeared on Broadway, Ny Stage, Commercials and Episodic Television.
MIDLIFE CRISIS & CATHARSIS OF INTEGRATION
As midlife crisis hit me in my mid 40’s instead of undergoing plastic surgery, dating somebody half my age, or both, I decided to go back to get a master’s degree as a social worker, and while I was at it,I got a second one as a drama therapist.
I integrated my interest and knowledge to discover something new. I feel that being an actor and being a therapist are similar, both employing the empathetic use of self. For me, the major difference between drama therapy and professional theater is the balance and focus between process and product. In all cases we are facilitating catharsis, broadening and building, discovering new ways and opportunities, shifting perspectives, encouraging new points of view.
We are healing the past, present and the future.