Bobbi was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and started performing while in the Brownies. Her first show was, “Little Lost Girl” in which she played the title role. She was hooked. She loved to listen to Danny Kaye records and pantomime his “Mommy, Gimmie A Drink of Water” soliloquies and watch the Silent Spot on Red Skelton. Her parents and two sisters would gather to watch The Carol Burnett Show; Ms. Burnett, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman became some of Bobbi’s comic idols. Her father, a musician, taught her the love and the discipline of music. She emulated her father by playing instruments that he had in the house: piano, guitar, clarinet, and recorder. Her play time was spent either practicing, directing the neighbor kids in a play or watching old black and white movies on their console television set.
After her Father passed onto his heaven at the young age of 48, it was Bobbi’s Mother that instilled the need for education and training. Her mother didn’t understand the business of the theatre, but she knew her daughter was as talented as her husband. Her Mother wanted for her daughter what she wasn’t able to have, a college education.
Bobbi’s BA in theatre from Penn State University gave her the tools to proceed with living a life in the performing arts. She took the time to learn the business end of the arts (after all, Show Business is TWO words). Bobbi became the managing director of The People’s Theatre Company in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and learned about marketing, volunteer organizing and building maintenance. After a year’s experience, she wanted to further her studies in the theatre and became a graduate student at Villanova University where she continued to grow under the tutelage of Dr. James Christy, Irene Baird and Lon Winston. She considers her growth under their care to be the most valuable part of her academic education.
Bethlehem is only a two hour drive to New York City and one would think the obvious choice was to pursue her career in the theatre laden city. But Bobbi is not city woman; New York didn’t speak to her. The West did. As a dancer in the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah, Bobbi was deeply affected by the power of the nature surrounding her. It was as if God, the Universe, The Great Spirit, whatever you call that positive energy, it was as if it was telling her that the world is much bigger than one imagined and bigger than a city on an island in the Atlantic Ocean. The west mirrored Bobbi’s spirit and felt like home. It wasn’t until she met a man that she was to marry (and later divorce), that Bobbi had the opportunity to move to a beautiful and artfully active city in the Pacific Northwest – Seattle.
Seattle is where she joined the Actor’s Equity Association and made her commitment to being a professional actor. Later she joined both the Screen Actor’s Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and continues to apply her talents to live theatre, film, radio and commercial work. Bobbi remembers enjoying magical Sunday afternoons with her Father as they listened to old radio shows like, The Shadow and The Green Hornet. She’s able to recreate those moments in one of her favorite projects: the nationally syndicated radio show, Imagination Theatre. http://www.transmediasf.com/imag.html
Bobbi feels very grateful to have trusted friends, a loving family, a blessed career, a visiting neighbor’s cat and a garden. Her garden slowly evolves each year with new yard art, flavorful herbs, delicious vegetables, climbing flowers and bird feeders.