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Stephanie was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended college at Southeast Missouri State University, before transferring to California State University, Fullerton. Since graduating, California State University, Fullerton in 2012 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts she went on to complete the improvisation of acting program at Second City Hollywood. Stephanie spent two summers teaching theatre and music at the Children’s Playhouse Theatre in West Hollywood, and began working as Assistant Program Coordinator at iMusic United Foundation, a non-profit organization providing music education to schools without funding.
Stephanie began her personal journey with music at a young age singing in choir from elementary school through high school in St. Louis, Missouri. With a passion for performing, she went on to do musical theatre at both SEMO and CSUF. Here she studied both acting and vocal performance. Upon graduating her mother gifted her with her acoustic guitar.
She states “It was the best gift I have ever received! Some of my favorite childhood memories were when my mother would play this guitar to my siblings and I.” She immediately taught herself how to play that guitar and began writing her own music.
After college she began her music career singing back up vocals in a Led-Zeppelin cover band. This led to becoming the lead singer in a new classic rock cover band called Beauties and the Beast. They played all over Los Angeles, eventually landing a weekly residency at The Whaler in Venice, CA. She transitioned from performing only cover songs to writing and singing her own original songs thus forming a band Vista Blue.
After meeting Kelli Smith, from Abundance Therapies while working at a restaurant in Santa Monica called Rock N’ Pies. They began discussing their shared love for music, which led to Kelli sharing how she uses music as a tool to motivate and engage children with special needs toward movement and all functional activities. Stephanie felt compelled to join Kelli in her mission to help these awesome kids and their families. The rest is history! It has been nearly two years now that Stephanie has been inspiring and sharing her love of music and theater with the incredible kids at Abundance Therapies!
She states “That’s the thing about music. It changes you in the best of ways, and connects you with the right people at the right time, it’s Magic.