I never felt much like a California girl until I moved to New York City.
Born to east coast parents: a New Yorker Dad and a Baltimorean mom who said OUT like ALT and TOWEL like TAL, I knew I was an alien amongst my friends on the playground. Alien though I might have been, I fell in love with the beach culture of sun-drenched CA, and it was there that I cultivated my love for storytelling.
My mom is an actress and a singer, so films and plays were always the backdrop of my life, and musical cast recordings my soundtrack. I was four and change when my parents split and around that time, mom decided to give acting a go professionally. She was my superstar and there was no question that I would follow in her footsteps.
My day arrived when at the age of six I was called to my first audition. Mom was in a production of Show Boat that had yet to cast a little girl in the role of “Kim.” My mom brought me in to audition and when they asked me, “Danielle, do you have something to sing for us?”
I said to them, “Yes, I am going to sing for you, You Are My Sunshine. Would you like me to do it Operatic, or Country Western?”
They said, “You choose.”
And I said, “Alright, I will sing it for you both ways.”
I got the part. The bug sank its teeth in me hard and the rest is history.
I met my mentor, Jon Call in high school. A genius cinephile, he was highly trained in acting, voice, and dance, and he gave to me a 4 year master class in things like breathing, and phrasing, and Patti Lupone. I then went to study acting at Emerson College in Boston which further fed my hungry mind and wandering imagination.
My post college adventure began with a slight detour on the way to NYC when I was cast as Snow White in San Francisco’s long running, renowned review, Beach Blanket Babylon. San Francisco’s theatre community scooped me up in a tender embrace, but when I left “The Blanket” it was time to move on from the poison apple to the big apple.
It took a little time for me to find my way, but eventually I recovered my heart from San Francisco and gave it freely to NYC. Along the way, I have taken part in several New Works projects and created roles in world premieres. I have acted in foreign tongues. I have performed for and with my heroes. My poetry has been rejected by The New Yorker at least three times. I have asked tourists for directions more times than I am comfortable admitting, but I have also confidently directed my fair share of tourists. I live here now. I am a New York actor.