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I love storytelling. I'm very lucky to be able to pursue a career that I find fun and challenging everyday. From my junior year at Pace Performing Arts, until May 2015, I worked at NBC News. While I learned an immense amount about business, finance, marketing, and production, I realized that I couldn't go through life without pursuing acting. In 2014, my mom, Cari Thieme-Busch, was diagnosed with ALS. After she passed away in 2015, I quit the corporate world and here I am! I auditioned for the best grad schools for four years in a row and ended up at Columbia (if I want something, I will fight like hell to get it). A certain amount of my journey is dedicated to my mom. Without her, I would not be where I am today, full stop.

In 2020, I escaped Covid-ridden NYC for my hometown in the Virginia suburbs of D.C.. While there, I started a little acting lesson/coaching business with a lot of help from a local high school drama teacher who gave me my first few students (shout out to Katie Hudson at Broad Run HS). I now live in NYC with my husband Chip, an astronautical engineer and video game systems designer, but still spend a lot of time down in VA coaching talented young actors and visiting my dad. 


Other passions include but are not limited to: eavesdropping, diy home improvement projects, riding bikes, always having some sort of a mission (especially at parties) and lurking on r/DuggarSnark. Oh, and of course...teaching :)

Woman doing a handstand in sports bra and shorts in the middle of a snowy New York City street

I offer Coaching Sessions, support and pre-screen recording throughout audition season for high school, undergrad and graduate school auditions. The general goal is to take the pressure off by beginning a young actor's higher education training journey. This results in actors already having the confidence to fail gloriously and be in process, which makes for dynamic and playful exploration in the room. With tons of positive reinforcement from me, actors are already in the "good goo" and figuring out who they are as artists when it's time to submit pre-screens and do live auditions.

I also offer Private Lessons for persons of any age and skill level who would like to learn technique, develop specifics of their physical instrument and how to think like an actor. Private Lessons are geared towards long term study and growth. They are also a great option for executives and folks who would like to cultivate a dynamic presence and improve public speaking.

Did You Know? Running your hands and feet under warm water restores feeling much quicker than dry heat alone! Source: me after getting this shot.

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