She is a singer, teacher and artistic director raised in Montclair, New Jersey. Both of her parents were musicians. Her father is Polish and her mother Italian and they met during WWII, moving to the United States and turning their house into a place for artists from around the world who could perform dance, theatre, music and art there.
She learnt the piano and violin while she was still young and later studied at the Manhattan School of Music where her father was a member of the faculty.
Her family raised funds for Albert Schweitzer and his hospital in Africa, and as a child she played the violin in Bach/Schweitzer concerts with Schweitzer’s god-daughter who also lived in Montclair.
She appeared on the stage in The Fantasticks and also sang opera in Manhattan. She moved into television and appeared as Ariel Aldrin Dixie Donovan for 4 years in As the World Turns. She made her Broadway debut in 1989 in Me and My Girl and has consistently worked in theatre since.
She says that Artists Crossing, which she founded as a programme for young and old artists alike, was a dream of her father’s.
Here are her career highlights…