I spent my earliest years napping in dressing rooms, playing with baby-sitters in balconies, and kissing my mom goodnight before she went off to perform in her shows. Thanks to her, I booked my very first gig at age four, portraying Zuzu in a photo shoot for Troika Productions' Its a Wonderful Life with her. It's in my genes.
I consider myself an East Coaster, though I spent my youth as a pastor's (and actress's) kid moving from the East to the Midwest and back to the East. After graduating Salutatorian from Long Island Lutheran High School and from the Musical Theatre program at Long Island High School for the Arts, I achieved a B.A. in Acting and Costume Design from Emerson College in Boston, MA. During my college years, I also studied and performed Irish Theatre at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland.
In the summer of 2010, a group of college friends and I founded the now disbanded Area IV Theatre, with whom I costume designed and starred in the Canadian Fringe Circuit tour and world premiere of MARCH by Hayes Borkowski. After returning from Canada to briefly live the farm life in New Hampshire, I moved back to the Midwest to kick-start my acting career in the fall of 2010.
Chicago was the right choice for me. I love experimenting with how to tell stories about the pain and glory of living, and learning from both up-and-coming and veteran theatre artists.
I have performed with many companies in the area including: A Red Orchid Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Writer's Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Adventure Stage Chicago, Tympanic Theatre, and The Right Brain Project. In the fall of 2011, I won a Kevin Kline award for "Best Ensemble" in Stuart Carden's production of Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. In the spring of 2014, I was nominated for a Non-Equity Jeff Award for my work in Griffin Theatre's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In the fall of 2015, I had the pleasure of playing Michael Shannon and Kirsten Fitzgerald's daughter in Brett Neveu's Pilgrim's Progress at AROT, which was nominated for Best Play at the Equity Jeff Awards. For my commercial and TV/Film work, check out my VIDEO page under MEDIA. I'm proudly represented Big Mouth Talent.
Just so ya know, I did used to be Charlotte Mae Jusino, so google away.
I love cooking and eating (to accommodate allergies, especially mine), doing yoga and P90X (in my living room with patchouli candles), reading fantasy lit and feminist novels (especially out in the sunshine), singing and dancing to Beyoncé (alone often, with friends sometimes), and creating outfits (from vintage and thrift store finds). I'm a big ol' nerd who lives life constantly learning. Thanks for checking me out - now, hit me up!