Born in Chicago, I first spoke the Greek of my heritage, though English followed rapidly. When asked at age five, “What’s your name, little girl?” I answered, apparently, “Judy Garland.” I remember longing to tap dance and sing. My immigrant grandmothers were horrified.
After earning degrees in comparative literature from Brown University and in singing from Yale Music School, I was hired into the Yale Repertory Company, then moved to New York City. Performing for fifteen years on and off Broadway, I wrote songs and scripts produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Writers Theatre, and other spaces. The journal Poets On published my poetry.
To my family’s relief, I returned to Yale for a law degree, then joined a New York law firm where my pro bono docket included international human rights cases. My husband and I created a family with Scottish, Greek, and indigenous Peruvian ancestry.
After his death, I moved with our small son to Maine. I established a management consultancy for nonprofits in human services, arts, economic development, education, and immigration law, became a statewide advisor on board governance, drafted election reform legislation, and served on boards and councils.
Writing stayed with me throughout. My commentary and other nonfiction appeared in Yale Law Report, Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, and in various media.
Serving as Portland Ballet’s Interim Executive Director brought me full circle. I had to draw on law and management, certainly, but also on memory and love of the arts. I began devoting more time to writing and was accepted into The Writers Hotel conference in Manhattan, where national and international authors became mentors and comrades.
In addition to writing short stories, I’ve completed my first novel and am working on a volume of essays and a novella-story collection at the intersection of humor, imagination, and the tenacious, elusive link between art and justice.