Biography

Born and raised in Manhattan I graduated from Performing Arts High School in 1954 as a dancer, and got my first job on broadway in "Plain and Fancy" that same year, followed by a national tour with "Can Can".

Involved in theatre my whole life, my interests and abilities broadened to include acting, playwriting, directing and teaching.

As an actress I have appeared on broadway, off, and off off broadway, as well as tv and film, in roles ranging from Tondeleyo in "White Cargo", to Queen Elizabeth opposite Al Pacino in "Richard the 3rd".  I have performed at Center Stage in Baltimore, The Boston Theatre Company, Lincoln Center, The Public Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and La Mama.

On tv I have appeared in "Law & Order", "Law & Order:SVU", "Law & Order:CI", "The Soprano's" and numerous other shows.

I was most recently seen as Paul Giamatti's mother in Tom McCarthy's "Win Win", as well as "The Night Listener" with Robin Williams, "Anamorph" with Willem Defoe and "The Perfect Witness".  I've also appeared in commercials (available on request)

A published playwright ("Welfare" - Samuel French) my plays have been produced in NYC at The Actors Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The quaigh, The Common Basis Theatre, around the country in Woodstock,N.Y., San Francisco, Texas, Florida, The Company of Angels and CSU Fullerton in California, as well as in Melbourne, Australia, and Braunau, Austria.

As a director I have worked on both revivals and original plays at Ensemble Studio The atre, The Actors Studio, The Common Basis Theatre, also in Australia, Austria and in Portugal.  For three years (2006-2008) I had the pleasure of directing "Collected Stories" at the Communa Theatre and at The National Theatre "Frozen", and the Portugese premiere of Eric Emmanuel Schmitt's "Oscar & The Lady In Pink" all to great acclaim.

I taught acting for 33 years in NY at The New School University MFA drama school, Columbia University, School of Visual Arts, The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and private classes and coaching. In addition I taught workshops in Australia, Austria and Portugal.

I am a member of The Actors Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Indies Lab and for 17 years I was founder and artistic director of The Common Basis Theatre.



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