Hello! I'm Danielle!
I'm an actor, director, and theatre artist based in Washington, D.C.
I'm interested in work that challenges norms and inspires discussion, especially if that work explores the implicit and explicit politics of identity and existence. I'm also a huge fan of hyperrealism, modernized Shakespeare, and some innovative audience participation.
In addition to professional theatre work, I've also worked at the National Democratic Institute, helping to empower democracies and advocate for human rights in the Balkans. I believe that the arts, and theatre, can be used as a tool to solve global problems, and promote healing and reconciliation in post-war communities.
I recently graduated from American University's Honors program, where I was the first ever double major in Theatre and International Relations. I also studied all across Europe, based in Belgium, and interned at an organization that fought for rights of persons with disabilities.
I learned the importance of community, and how to stand up for what you believe in from my very fiery Italian family. I grew up in South Jersey, where there are no shortages of opinions. (It's gravy, not "pasta sauce.")
I'm a passionate, ambitious artist, teacher, and scholar who couldn't live without pasta, warm weather, bright colors, and lots and lots of friends.
Contact me to learn more about how we can work together!
ACTOR. DIRECTOR. PLAYWRIGHT.
EDUCATOR AND ARTIST.
HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE.
BA in Theatre Performance and BA International Relations through the American University Honors Program.
BA Theatre Performance
BA International Relations
American University, Washington, DC
Graduated as the first ever AU student to earn two BA degrees in Theatre Performance and International Relations.
Member of the highly prestigious Honors Program, which invites 25 distinguished and astute scholars to join a uniquely rigorous living-learning community to develop innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to contemporary global issues.
Member of Phi Beta Kappa, and proud recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, the Gordon S. Lang Scholarship, and the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Scholarship among many more.
Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.85 GPA in May 2019.
European Union in Action:
Study Abroad in Brussels, Belgium
Immersive and integrated study abroad program with a focus on European institutions, the EU, NATO, and international conflicts of politics, defense and economics (specifically in Europe and in the Western Balkans)
Prestigious internship at the European Disability Forum, which advocates for the rights of over 200 million Europeans.
Participated in academic traveled to 14 European countries, including Bosnia, Serbia, and Ukraine, with an extended focus on the Yugoslavian Wars and the Bosnian genocide, as well as issues of EU accession in the region.
Interviewed and took courses taught by experienced diplomats, including former press secretary of NATO Jamie Shea, members of the Council of the EU, Foreign Affairs Ministers, official lead negotiators of the Kosovo-Serbia conflict, EU and global ambassadors, and high ranking SHAPE and NATO officers.
Immersed in Belgian culture through a homestay experience.