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 loved the beach culture of sun-drenched CA, and it was there that I cultivated my love for all things theatre.
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. He taught me how to sing and what to sing and why one might sing at all. He introduced me to things like breathing, and phrasing, and Patti Lupone. It was a wonderful 4 year master class in the art of theater. 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.
I recently got back from the road doing one of my dream shows, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love And Murder. I performed in some of the most gorgeous theaters in the country and learned a whole lot about a whole lot. But I am back now, so let’s work together!