You Wouldn't Know by Looking at Me: 

  1. I did a brief stint as a high school Chemistry teacher in Oakland, CA...and almost blew up the classroom several times. 
  2. I'm in New York Public Library junkie who constantly requests books and relentlessly uses their app for character research.
  3. I find purchasing a New Yorker to be simultaneously thrilling and stress-inducing because I feel pressured to get through all the incredibly long, but beautifully written articles.
  4. I'm 100% Italian-American (how I look Swedish, no one knows!). Although I lost my accent, I bring it back in various shades for my characters. Fawgetaboutit! 
  5. I'm on a national speakers bureau to present on LGBTQ+ Old Hollywood history. 
  6. I hate sunlight to the point that I carry a big umbrella around NYC in the summer. Darling. 
  7. I'm a junior-level Bharatanatyam dancer and make a mean sambar. 
  8. I worked at Restaurant Florent as an overnight host right before it closed...and dressed as a different character every night. 
  9. I once performed in a parody of N'Sync playing Justin Timberlake ... and years later hosted an event with Lance Bass. #meta
  10. Most of my comedy heroes are no longer alive, like Moms Mabley and Ruth Draper.
  11. I know A LOT about the 1920s and 30s celebrity gossip (thanks to my play Garbo Dreams).
  12. I produced the annual Golden Girls NYC tribute to benefit SAGE and played Rose—klingen spritzr flaken gugen floogen!