Humanity Play Project 1-18-2016

Dear Friends and Community Members:

I am proud to announce the launch of a new arts collective – HUMANITY PLAY PROJECT. For our inaugural event on Mon Jan 18, we explored the aftermath of the Charleston, SC tragedy in a curated evening of dance, poetry, song and theatre. We joined together to honor those who were lost – to question why it happened – and to offer a forum for community dialogue. ‪#‎BLACKLIVESMATTER‬

Thank you to the artists: Jane Bacon, Terrence Colby, Perry Daniel, Acquah Dansoh,Rukhmani K. Desai, Tiwana Floyd, Ace Gibson, Tamarra Graham, Yuko Lee,Rani O’Brien, Jevon Reynolds, Nikki Star, Mirage Thrams and Carolyn Marie Wright.

What an evening! Still processing the love, the artistry, the community we shared in West Los Angeles this evening. So grateful for this experience. To behold a multi-generational, multi-racial, multi-gender dialogue was extraordinary. And on MLK Day! I am hopeful. I am inspired. I am ready to ‪#‎DoSomething‬.

Thank you to our sponsor: West LA United Methodist Church.

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California Women’s Film Festival 2016

My first panel. Our first film fest!

Thank you California Women’s Film Festival 2016. 🎬😃

‪#‎redcarpet‬ ‪#‎topangarosefilm‬ ‪#‎cysticfibrosis‬ ‪#‎awareness‬ ‪#‎indie‬ #film ‪#‎womeninfilm‬

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Thank You 2015!

Thank you 2015 for a year filled with performing, teaching, writing, artistry and community. Feeling grateful for my family, friends, and career. Xo.

Thank You 2015!

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Bad Adaptations Web Series

That’s a wrap! Thank you, Julie & Tasha!

#badadaptations #webseries #episode1 #mobydick#comedy #juliebrett #tashafinkenBad Adaptations

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Trippingly on the Tongue 2015

Thank you to a fabulous group of actors, crew, and audience members for making the 2015 season of Trippingly on the Tongue awesome. We will be back in 2016 for more “Seriously Funny Shakespeare” and playbook-style improvisation. Huzzah!

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It’s a Wonderful Day! (short film)

Watch “It’s a Wonderful Day!” right now. Here. Online. My latest short film written and directed by Julie Brett. Also starring Matthew McKenna and Donald Watson. What a fun project. ‪#‎short‬ ‪#‎film‬ ‪#‎musical‬ ‪#‎happygoluckyO

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May the Fourth be with you…Literally.

Last month marked the release of my sketch comedy video with Mom Mayhem … THE LITERAL POLICE! Thanks to Elise Robertson and Mouncey Ferguson III for bringing me onboard as MOM.

My other big news … I’m currently in rehearsals for my THIRD SEASON with Looseleaf Theatre Co in Irvine. I play Nerissa in “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare. OPENS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!



Fri May 15 @ 9:00 pm
Undateable @ Second City

Sat May 23 thru Sun June 7
The Merchant of Venice @ Looseleaf Theatre

Tues May 26 @ 9:00 pm
Trippingly on the Tongue @Second City

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Blck Hstry Mnth

Feeling honored and grateful to be part of the THIS IS NOT A TAN community. Last night, we had an amazing performance of BLACK HISTORY MONTH in front of a full house at iO West. Still feeling the buzz! Thank you to our amazing leader and writer, Charity L. Miller. #HOTEP #thisisnotatan #sketch #comedy

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TINAT @ UCB Sunset

TINAT @ UCBNew Sketches.
New Venue.
Same Stupid.

This is Not a Tan opens 2015 with our first show at UCB Sunset!
Mon Jan 12 @ 5:30 pm.
Only $5.
RSVP strongly suggested.

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Happy New Year!

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”
– Lord Alfred Tennyson, 1850


Thank you for being a part of my year. From stage to screen, and everything in between, you have been a part of my community. For that I am grateful.

What a year! My nephews Henry (left) and Cal (far right) made their world debuts. My 3-year-old niece Barrett (in green) grew into a walking, singing, dancing delight. Visits to Berkeley and Brooklyn were highlights for sure.

On the career side of things, I formed my LLC and filmed “Topanga Rose” (now in post production). Performing and teaching Shakespeare kept me busy and happy. I had the pleasure of playing Adriana in “The Comedy of Errors” and Margaret in “Much Ado About Nothing” (the latter earned me my equity card!). And the world of comedy continues to treat me well thanks to my extended family at The Second City, iO West and The Groundlings.

Coming up: save the date for Monday January 12. I will perform at UCB Sunset for the first time with “This is Not a Tan” before we return to The Second City for a four-month run.

Wishing you happiness, health and adventure in 2015 and beyond.

Up, Up, and Away!

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