About Me

THANK YOU for visiting my website! I have been working as an actor, teacher, coach and director in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond for over 4 decades. I enjoy working on both stage and screen. Until recently, I  led the Theatre Discipline at Collin College in Plano, Texas and have been on the faculties of Southern Methodist University, Webster College, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Illinois State University.  I am  committed to an on-going life of learning, doing and teaching. I hold a BA from Antioch College and an MFA in Acting from Case Western Reserve University.  I am certified by the National Michael Chekhov Association as an instructor of that dynamic approach to acting.  I have received  awards and nominations for my work on stage at the Dallas Theater Center, Undermain Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre,Theatre Three, Echo Theatre, Classical Acting Company, Addison Center Theatre, Playwrights Theatre, Stage West, Circle Theatre, Fort Worth Shakespeare and Dallas Shakespeare, where I played Emelia to Morgan Freeman’s OTHELLO.  I received rave reviews for my portrayal of Maria Callas in the Lyric Stage production of MASTER CLASS. I co-founded (with Joanne Zipay)  the  Collin Theatre Summer Shakespeare Workshop for which I directed TITUS ANDRONICUS,  JULIUS CAESAR, TWELFTH NIGHT, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (at the beautiful Oak Point Amphitheatre), and ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.  I starred (as Richard!) in the Judith Shakespeare Company’s off-Broadway production of RICHARD III and as Macduff in the all-women A MACBETH at Dallas Theater Center.  

I am thrilled by glowing reviews we are receiving for THE VAST OF NIGHT, currently streaming on Amazon Prime and appearing on many Best Films of 2020 lists.   I will (hopefully) soon be seen in the 2020 (cancelled!) SXSW selection ONE OF THESE DAYS.  I played Eleanor Roosevelt in the acclaimed bio pic TE ATA.  You can also catch me as Lymari Nadal's wicked foster mom in KREEP and Kevin "Hercules" Sorbo’s mom in WALKING TALL: THE PAYBACK and WALKING TALL: LONE JUSTICE. Still in post: the comedy-horror flick UNDYING and the darkly troublesome THE SEVENTH DAY. Other motion picture credits include Oliver Stone’s JFK (with Gary Oldman) and BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULYFLESH AND BONE (with Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid); CARRIED AWAY (with Gary Busey and Dennis Hopper, whom I slap!); Ma Newton in Richard Linklater’s THE NEWTON BOYS (co-starring Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich and Vincent Donofrio); INFAMOUS (murdered by Daniel James Bond Craig!).  Television appearances include guest stars on REVOLUTION and DALLAS and in the acclaimed mini-series MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND (this time killed by Tim "Pulp Fiction" Roth!).  I "outed" Hillary Swank in the Academy Award-winning drama BOYS DON'T CRY; hlped launch the Playboy Dynasty as Hugh Hefner's mom in the USA Network Special HEFNERUnauthorized ; oogled the good doctor in DR. T AND THE WOMEN, co-starring Richard Gere and Helen Hunt; and condemned Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister) in the VH-1 movie WARNING: Parental Advisory!  Look for me in the indies: LEARNING CURVE, FINDING NORTH, POSITIVE ID, IT'S IN THE WATER and AIR.   I have enjoyed working on several webseries including DELPHIS (I play a dog), BAIL OUT, MAKIN' IT and PIGGY'S LAMENT.

Highlights of my directing career include working with Joe Bob Briggs on his one-man show, staging the opening and closing ceremonies of the 3rd International Women’s Peace Conference and the many shows I directed at COLLIN THEATRE CENTER. (See a video re-cap in DIRECTING.) My acclaimed production of SOMETHING UNSPOKEN for Wingspan Theatre was presented at the 2006 Festival of Independent Theatres (FIT), named one of the 10 Best Theatre events of the year by the Dallas Morning News.

I continue to teach at 1106 LUPO, a private studio, at Theatre 3 and privately - now ALL ON ZOOM! My background in voice and movement add to my skill and effectiveness as a performance and life coach for aspiring actors, professionals and civilians.

I am an active member of AEA (Actors Equity Association), serve on the Texas Regional board of SAG (Screen Actors Guild)-AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and was recently elected Vice President of Women In Film Dallas.  I am represented by THE CAMPBELL AGENCY.

In my spare time, I enjoys dancing to the radio, making noise, digging in the dirt, working with tools and learning new things.  I excel at domestic arts, face slapping and swearing.  I am the proud mother of choreographer Adam Hougland and teacher/artist/writer Noah Hougland.  I am an activist and EXTREME recycler.  TRIVIA:  I appeared in a bizarre and  revealing photo in the January, 1995 American Theatre Magazine.  Check it out!

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