According to my parents, I came into this world singing. I joined my dad, guitarist Rick Chinisci, on the bandstand when I was three, and I haven't stopped performing since.

I had the good fortune to begin my career on the east coast performing world premiere musicals, for which I received four Helen Hayes Award nominations. Modern Songbook Records released my two albums, and I toured the U.S. with my original musical comedy Einstein's Girl. In between all that, I lived in Italy, earning a diploma in Italian Language and Culture from University of Pisa.

Now based in Los Angeles, I've pivoted to on-screen performing and writing. You may have seen me on TV shows like Baskets and Impress Me. I recently shot the lead a feature film directed by Palme d'Or-winner Shahab Hosseini. I'm a series regular on Pessimists Archive, and I co-host Scirens Show with the Screen Sirens for Science. Our comedy pilot MOMs was a semi-finalist in the 2018 NY Television Festival Scripts Contest. In 2019, Anchors Away, the comedy I wrote and star in with Tara Jean O'Brien, screened at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and the Lift-Off Film Festival.

Like a pair of rhinestone Birkenstocks: elevated earthiness

My other writing stems from an eclectic array of interests, ranging from personal essays to lifestyle pieces. I've composed music for film, comedy songs, and a disco number for Minnesota Public Radio. I also blog on this very site.

If I were a pair of shoes, I'd be rhinestone Birkenstocks. I love yoga, kitties, sustainable living, and art. Sure, it betrays my Italian roots to eat vegan, but I promise I make up for it in pasta consumption. #blacklivesmatter

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