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Bridget handles Marketing for Ovation, including social media. As a NY-based actor, her work has been seen in NY and across the country, with leading roles in shows like Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ, Superstar and many others. She can be heard (along with Ovation Team Members Kerri Garbis and Nick Verina) on the Original Cast Recording of That Time of the Year. In the business world, she's worked for many diverse companies, including time as the assistant to the director of PR for a major legwear company, and more. She's a member of Actors' Equity Association, and has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory, with an emphasis in Acting.
What is your favorite moment in the training room?
I started my career at Ovation as a trainer. Even though I now handle our marketing, occasionally I still get to witness – or participate in – awesome training moments. I love when a participant discovers that an acting technique that we’ve spent our lives working on can drastically change their skill set. I’m very proud of being a professional actor. It’s a career that requires constant development of your craft. Watching someone discover how they can improve their own skills with the techniques we work on is incredibly rewarding.
What’s one thing you wish the business world would borrow from the acting world?
Rehearsal. I’m sure I won’t be the only person to say this. I can’t say enough how important it is to work through a process for refinement, retention, and discovery. And not only for presentations – for difficult discussions, negotiations, introductions, general meetings, and more.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Since I spend a lot of my Ovation time working with content and words, I try to closely monitor my own Verbal Viruses. Like any of us, I’ve got a few. However, according to some family members, the utterance they most associate with me is, “FaaaanTASSStic!” I suppose that’s a lot better than “Awwwful!”
What can’t you start your day without?
Coffee. All day, coffee. If I was on a deserted island, I’d need to figure out how to make coffee. If I had to choose between my money and my coffee in a stick-up, I’d have to think twice. It wouldn’t be out of line to have my ashes scattered at a Starbucks.
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What is your personal motto?
“I am a work in progress.”