KarriBrantleyPhotography-9533I am from a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. I grew up in a place where there were block parties, kids played outside, bike riding was done sans helmet, and the only thing you did on the computer was play Oregon Trail. Although a lot of kids died from dysentery and typhoid fever, I was a survivor. I had big plans for my life. I knew I was headed west.

I did stick around Detroit for a while after high school. I graduated from University of Detroit Mercy with a BFA in theatre. I began working professionally and became a member of SAG and AEA within a year of graduation. The year I left for Chicago, I won a Best Actress award for my performance in Stop,Kiss at the Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, MI. I was also awarded the Best Theatre Season Award as the Artistic Director for the Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck, MI.

In Chicago, I was awarded a scholarship from the Purple Rose Theatre Company (Jeff Daniels company). I studied Meisner Technique for a year at The Actor’s Center. I then found myself headed to Louisville, Kentucky for a season with StageOne. I was offered a permanent home with the company, but decided it was time to make the big trek. I went back to Chicago, co-wrote a two-person comedy Side of Ranch, which we performed at Donny’s Sky Box theatre, then split for Los Angeles with like five dollars in my pocket.

That was in 2006, seems like a million years ago.  I’ve been busy, filming, taking classes, volunteering, serving expensive drinks to big time celebs, making a good life for myself in Los Angeles. I got married and had an awesome destination wedding…in Detroit. Many things have changed. My iPhone is the size of a laptop, I take spinning classes, and I made a human! No worries, I’m still that same midwest girl at heart.  I still cheer for the Tigers, I always say pop instead of soda, and I will always be on the lookout for a good game of Euchre.