Actress/Performance Artist/Teacher/Mystery Writer
Member: AEA/SAG/AFTRA; HB Ensemble firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy was educated at Cornell University (BFA) and NYU (MA) as well as at The Central School of Speech and Dramatic Art in London and has studied with many of the greatest theatre artists of the Twentieth Century, among them: Joseph Balfior, Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen, William Esper, and Austin Pendleton.
She has alternated acting with several other related disciplines. She’s taught Theatre, English, Writing and Public Speaking on Jr. HS thru College levels, has been a Performance Artist in the schools for Theatreworks/USA, the NY Foundation for the Arts, Theatreworks/USA, and the 92 St. Y, has written five Performance Mysteries that form the foundation of her children/young adult Entertainment Company, Mystery & Mayhem (mysteryandmayhem.com) and has been a teacher of the Meisner Technique.
Judy has performed on and Off Broadway, in Regional Theatre, and on TV. She appeared in NY at such venues as the NYSF/Public Theatre, LaMaMa, E.T.C., Theatre Row, The Abingdon Theatre, New Theatre Workshop, the 14th Street Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, the Players Club, The Florence Gould Hall at the French Institute Alliance Francaise and the HB Playwrights Theatre. On TV, she was seen in several episodes of The Sopranos.
In 2007, Judy played the role of Peggy Guggenheim (PEGGY GUGGENHEIM STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS) in a Benefit performance at the Florence Gould Hall of the French Institute of the Alliance Francaise. Judy promptly fell in love with Peggy, who mirrors her own Jewish sensibility and appreciation of painting. In 2011, she went on to play Peggy in Lanie Robertson’s moving and funny one-woman play, WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS, under the direction of the iconic Austin Pendleton. Her performance at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre in NY won both audience and critical acclaim, the NY Times labeling her performance “piercingly authentic.” She was asked to present at The United Solo Festival on Theatre Row, where her performance won Mr. Pendleton a Best Director Award.
WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS is a one-character play, which chronicles several years in the 1960’s at Peggy’s palazzo in Florence. Rebelling against her wealthy New York upbringing, indulging her uncanny eye for great art and artists, and becoming the enfant terrible of the modern art scene, Peggy Guggenheim lived a life almost too amazing to be believed. With humor, heartbreak and grand hauteur, WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS offers the unforgettable story of a woman before her time. The NY Times said of the play:
“Smoking, drinking, name-dropping, art, men and the men who make art introduces us to the sensational history of Ms. Guggenheim.”
The play is making the rounds of theaters around the country and is available for bookings.