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Formerly a singer in rock and roll & alternative rock bands in the Midwest, I was also an equestrian who was blessed to have my first horse when I was 11 years old (a huge thanks to Mom and Dad).  Riding almost became my profession, but world travels and a life in the arts called louder. 

Antsy for success as a rock singer, I decided to audition for a role in “The Elephant Man” and was cast as Nurse Sandwich by Len Kluge, Danny DeVito’s former roommate and Obie Award winner for his performance with Mr. DeVito in “The Man with the Flower in His Mouth”. I fell wildly, madly in love with acting and the magical synergy that occurs when a group of artists join forces to create theater.  

After being cast in several more plays, I moved from the Midwest to New York City to take a deep dive into the craft of acting.  Since this fateful leap to the Big Apple, I have performed in numerous film, television and theatrical productions, as well as commercials.  

Recent credits include the NETFLIX film “The After Party”, with Blair Underwood and the rapper KYLE, where I played the mother to the lead (KYLE).  I also had a lead role in an award-winning short film, “Heavy Feathers”, which enjoyed a U.S. and international film festival run, winning "BEST CAST - Drama" in the "5th Annual New York Women in Film & Television Online Shorts Festival" in March 2022 and “#1 Short” in a women’s festival in South Africa.  Theatrically, I had the immense honor of being cast in the award-winning play “The Exonerated” by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen in the role of real-life death row exoneree “Sunny Jacobs”. 

 

Determined to make my dream of taking an East African safari a reality, I am learning Swahili.  Karibu nyumbani…Welcome to my home : ) 

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"BEST CAST" Award - 2022

"Heavy Feathers" won the "BEST CAST - Drama" Award in the "5th Annual New York Women in Film & Television Online Shorts Festival" in collaboration with  iWoman.TV in March 2022. Huge thanks to both NYWIFT & iWoman TV!

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"The Exonerated"

Producer Richard Mazda [Richard III with Austin Pendleton, Hair, Chorus Line] is proud to present Lucille Lortel & Drama Desk Award winning play, "The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. Writer Erik Jensen gave the cast a huge surprise and a big boost when he stopped by The Secret Theatre during a rehearsal.

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"Turning Your Body Into a Compass"

Catch me playing 3 roles in "Turning Your Body Into a Compass", a 360 degree live-stream web story, by award-winning playwright Catherine Filloux, directed by Daria Sommers and theatrical direction by DeMone Seraphin.

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"#1 SHORT"

Check out the teaser of the short "Heavy Feathers," which has screened in multiple festivals and won "#1 SHORT" in an international women's film festival.

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"The After Party" - NETFLIX

Watch me in the NETFLIX comedy "The After Party" with Blair Underwood, KYLE, Teyana Taylor, and Shelley Hennig.

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"Heavy Feathers"

"Heavy Feathers" was among 8 shorts that were selected from over 200 submissions for the SAG-AFTRA Short Film Showcase. These 8 films were graced with the talents of Oscar Award winner Melissa Leo and Oscar Nominees Burt Young and Sally Kirkland. Truly an honor that "Heavy Feathers" was selected among them!

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Heavy Feathers with Laura Lockwood, Joosje Duk, and Katherine Romans.

Official Selection and winner of "BEST CAST- Drama" Award in the "5th Annual New York Women in Film & Television Online Shorts Festival" on iWoman.TV - March 2022

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"Heavy Feathers" was an Official Selection (March 2022) and winner of the "BEST CAST - Drama" Award (April 2022) in the "5th Annual New York Women in Film & Television Online Shorts Festival" on iWoman.tv.  

Following the festival, iWoman TV selected "Heavy Feathers" to remain on their platform as part of their ongoing viewing content! 

 

You can watch "Heavy Feathers" for free on iWoman TV by clicking here.  (There is a quick, free account sign-up required to view the film…all that is needed is your name, email address, create password, and you’re in!)

Watch my Heavy Feathers interview at Hollyshorts/TCL Chinese 6 Theaters screening in Hollywood

Hollyshorts Interview w HR Cole

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