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Here's my story!

 

I grew up on a dirt road in Monkton, Vermont with my white pragmatic theatre loving mother, black musician and first black state policeman father and cool big sister. I went to public schools throughout my upbringing, including, ART, an innovative theatre program at the vocational career center in Middlebury. I went to Yale University where I studied Theatre Performance and sung in the all female acapella group, Whim and Rhythm (the female equivalent of the Wiffenpoofs). I spent a semester at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts studying Shakespeare and then a post grad semester hanging with jazz kids in Oberlin before moving to Brooklyn. I immediately met my now husband, Ben, at a live country karaoke bar where he was singing (oh the irony). We stayed together when I booked my first (and only) regional show in Rochester, NY for five months. When I returned to Bklyn half a year later, I moved into a one bedroom apartment with my VT theatre friend, Vanessa Dunleavy (with whom I later wrote my musical 'Showing Up', presented at Cinema 505 in 2019). Simultaneously, I was nannying for two wonderful boys who have since babysat my two boys! When Ben said in 2008, 'let's move to San Francisco' I said, 'Ok!' I moved there, got connected to Bob Weir who became the executive producer of my musical 'The Precipice' and connected me to my longtime Sf collaborator, Jeff Chimenti (pianist for Further, The Dead, etc). Also in SF I wrote and staged many elementary school musicals and created a strong community through my work as a vocal coach. After ten years, 5 workshops of 'The Precipice' and the birth of my first son, Will (6),  we moved back east to be closer to the NYC theatre scene, family and to live in a town with great public schools, neighbors with shared values of diversity, equity, inclusion and culture, and to buy a real live adult house. Since moving back I have built up my vocal studio, Studio M Voice, and now primarily teach a small group of hardworking, talented and dedicated adult hobbyist singers and songwriters. I have also given birth to a second son, Leo (3). I enjoyed one year of the esteemed BMI Musical Theatre Workshop before the pandemic where I met wonderful talented fellow musical theatre writers. I have had my shows staged at Town Hall Theatre in Vermont and two works staged through the new Montclair Theatre Project, including my most recent show at the Montclair Art Museum of my song cycle- Spiral Bound (a collaboration with poet Richard Edleman and Yair Evnine- string arrange for Waitress). I’ve also connected with local Mom and Bway legend, Laura Benanti Brown, with whom I’ve performed at 54 Below, Wolftrap and with whom I am developing ‘The Precipice’ for a NYC production. I love collaborating with my husband Ben Youngerman (a videographer and photographer) on shoots of my work and on the running of the photo booth truck he envisioned and built, The Dark Room Truck.

 

In addition to my two beloved sons, I now have two brand new kittens, Smokey and Mushroom.