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August 2, 2019

Back to Toms River Shakespeare Festival! I last worked with TRSF two years ago in their inaugural season, playing Miranda in The Tempest.

I was lucky enough not only to be invited back, but to play Isabella twice this year - once at Columbia with 2nd Year Director Jonathan Seinen and now in New Jersey over the summer. What's more, two of my classmates, Julian Abelskamp and Anne Guadignino, came along for the ride as Angelo and Lucio. Justice Justice Justice Justice!

Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Lori Garrabrant

Toms River Shakespeare Festival

August 7-11, 2019

Huddy Park, Toms River, NJ

September 2, 2018

Well friends, I'm starting grad school! I was accepted to The Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University, University of Southern California and Columbia University; and was an alternate at NYU and the Old Globe. With more excitement than I can possibly express, I accepted a spot in Columbia University's MFA Acting Class of 2021! I'll be one of 18 actors studying with the legendary Ron Van Lieu (built NYU's Grad Acting program and is fresh off of 12 years at Yale Drama) and casting director extraordinaire James Calleri. Look out for updates on what I'm up to here and on my Instagram @brigittetbactor

March 19, 2018

As someone who has been through the MFA audition experience 4 times now, I figured I have some sort of expertise on the process. Especially since I've gotten into a couple of schools this year (decisions coming soon!).

On my new blog, I'll write all about my experiences over the past 4 years, what I've learned, and then will continue to write...about...actory...stuff...

Head on over to thanksforcomingin.com and let me know what you think!

February 21, 2018

Pride & Prejudice closed at the beginning of February, and since then I have been 100% focused on MFA auditions and callbacks. I traveled to Chicago and auditioned for 6 schools on one of my days off from P&P. I'll update soon with what happens, but for now, here are the results:


NYU: callback weekend!

USD/Old Globe: final day-of callback!

Columbia: callback weekend!

USC: callback weekend!

George Washington: audition (they don't do callbacks)

Brown: final day-of callback!

Yale: no callbacks

UCSD: no callbacks


This is the year folks, no doubt about it! While you're waiting, head over to the Gallery page to see some pics of me as Mary Bennet and Anne de Bourgh in Pride & Prejudice


December 26, 2017

I can't stop! No time to breathe this year! Next up, Pride and Prejudice at Virginia Stage Company. I will be playing Mary, the book-loving middle sister of the Bennet family. Oh I have such great plans for her... :D


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan

Directed by Tom Quaintance

Virginia Stage Company at The Wells Theatre

January 17th, 2018 - February 4th, 2018

Click here for tickets and more info


October 20, 2017

I am super pumped to announce that I will be understudying the role of Sri Lanka in a Vicuna and the American Epilogue, a new play by Jon Robin Baitz (Other Desert Cities), at Mosaic Theater Company in D.C.!


Make sure to check back here, on my Facebook or Instagram for the dates that I will be performing (that's right, I'll get to perform)!


It's the year of the understudy and (if you can't tell by the amount of exclamation marks I've been using) I'm loving it! 


Vicuna & The American Epilogue

an area and world premiere by Jon Robin Baitz

Directed by Robert Egan

November 1 - December 3, 2017

At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre


August 10, 2017

This year has been flying by as the acting work keeps swooping in! For the second time in a row this year, I will begin rehearsals for a new show before the previous one closes. Next up is an educational tour with Equalogy.


We will be performing at colleges and universities throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Maine. The tour runs intermittently from mid-August through the first week of October, so I'll still be in NYC most of the time!


Equalogy is a small theatre-for-social-change company that is about to hit our 20th year.  We work primarily on college campuses; we tour two specific programs.  One is called One Night, which combats acquaintance rape on campus, and a second program called Four Hearts, that promotes discussion around healthy dating and dating violence....

July 5, 2017

Just when I thought my schedule was clear for the rest of the summer, I booked another show! I've still been hustling while in D.C., even driving 4 hours to Toms River, NJ for an audition and callback for Toms River Shakespeare Festival's inaugural season. 


At that, I am pleased to announce that I will be playing Miranda in The Tempest! I played Miranda as a sophomore in high school, and revisiting her is an absolute treat. It's amazing how much more I know now about using the language and discovering intricacies in the text!

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Directed by Lori Garrabrant

Huddy Park, Toms River, NJ

July 28-30, August 3-6

Click here for more info

May 13, 2017

Guess what?!? I will be understudying the lead role of Celimene in The School for Lies by David Ives, Directed by Michael Kahn!


I'm a native of northern Virginia and I remember going to student matinees at STC when I was in high school. My parents and I would see their shows whenever I took a break from NYC to visit my hometown. Now, I have the absolute pleasure to say that I am working at Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C. It's so freaking cool and totally surreal. 


The School for Lies

By David Ives
Based on
The Misanthrope by Molière
Directed by Michael Kahn



Lansburgh Theatre

450 7th Street NW

Washington, DC 20004


Click here for tickets and more info

April 27, 2017

I'm all about training and I'm in class as often as I can afford. Lucky for me, NYC has a handful of top notch MFA Directing programs that are always in need of actors for their in-class and filmed scene work. This spring, I've worked with MFA film directors from Columbia, NYU and Brooklyn College on scenes from Inside Llewyn Davis, The Graduate and An Education. I've had a blast learning how to interpret a director's words, working with so many different styles and getting to know all of these up and coming directors and screenwriters! 

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