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I grew up in a bed and breakfast in the Adirondack Park in upstate NY called the Book & Blanket. My parents are both avid literary enthusiasts and theatre lovers who gave me the spark to begin performing at an early age. Through their support I was given great opportunities as a child actor in community, school and professional theatre.

I also developed a love of writing and composing music throughout high school, and wrote two original shows with my parents (Road to Dannemora, an homage to the Hope/Crosby road movies of the 1940's re-imagined in upstate NY and a musical adaptation of Pride and Prejudice) before embarking on a college career at Columbia University where I have been lucky to be an actor and composer for The Varsity Show, an annual student-written, -performed and -produced musical that satirizes life on campus that launched the careers of actors and writers including Kate McKinnon, Brandon Victor Dixon, Rodgers and Hart, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, and Jeanine Tesori. I am currently a lyricist at the BMI Lehmen Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.