Molly originally hails from Bowling Green, Kentucky (although you won’t find too many southern things about her besides her hospitality, love for Kentucky basketball and of the city, Louisville). As a child, Molly was always ‘performing’. She created shows in the grocery store, dressing rooms, friends’ houses and at the dinner table. Her parents, luckily, encouraged her passion for performance. They helped cultivate her innate talents and insatiable interests by taking her to theater productions as a young child.
In junior high and high school, she was involved in several sports and extracurricular activities including, speech team, school plays and Youth in Government. It was during this time she developed her two passions – theater and social justice. She served as Chief Justice of the Kentucky Youth Assembly as well as the defense council for teen court.
Molly attended Western Kentucky University for one year and later transferred to Union University, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in theater. The decision to transfer to a smaller university stemmed from Molly’s desire for more individualized attention and direction from mentors and theater professors. This proved to be a lucrative decision and good investment in developing her skills as an actress, because after her sophomore year in college she landed a spot with the very successful Pioneer Playhouse and acted in two of their summer productions. While in college, Molly made her directorial debut and found that she was extremely gifted in this area. She was selected as one of two students from the school to attend the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, so she packed up her bags and headed west.
Los Angeles quickly captured her heart and fostered opportunities for Molly’s success as a budding, multi-faceted entertainer. She landed an internship with CFP and Robert Evans Productions, the famed producer of The Godfather series, Love Story and Chinatown. Molly learned the ins and outs of the film industry and in less than a year of arrival earned an invitation to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). She went on to star in the Internet series, Holman TV. In the midst of a successfully growing film career, Molly realized her love for the stage and its unique ability to help others grow through difficult times and cope with life and its challenges. Consequently, she sought out opportunities to further develop connections and skills in this area. A chance encounter soon thereafter, forever changed her trajectory.
Molly was connected with the founder of Jaradoa Theater, a nonprofit company in NYC. They shared similar visions for art and Molly was asked to assistant direct the world premier of Serenade. The show was written by Rachel Sheinkin, who had already won the Tony for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Several of the cast were later nominated and/or won the Tony and Drama Desk Award themselves (Joshua Henry, Anika Larsen) in subsequent productions. While others went on to play rolls in television in such shows as Glee and Scandal. Once this show finished, several doors were opened. Molly chose to move in the direction of grad school.
Molly completed her Master of Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary (FTS) in theology of the arts. While in graduate school she helped found the Fuller Company Theatre, in which she also acted and directed. Her thesis was a documentary, The Things Revealed Belong to Us, which was later selected by FTS to showcase in Washington DC at the donor fundraiser.
The stars aligned and presented an opportunity for Molly to combine her passions of social justice, theatre and graduate education. Molly was hired as the resident theater director for Poetic Justice Project (PJP). Uniquely, the actors of PJP were all formerly incarcerated. The program exists to engage previously incarcerated youth and adults in arts education, mentoring and creation of original theatre in order to examine crime, punishment and redemption. At the conclusion of each production, a talk back occurred. This provided the audience with information on PJP as well as education on the justice system. Molly’s first production with PJP, Women Behind the Walls, premiered at Alcatraz Island where ironically, the entire cast and crew spent the night on the island and in the cellblocks. It was scary and surreal to say the least. After Women Behind the Walls finished and before Planet of Love began, Molly was given the opportunity to be on stage again, where she starred in Cat on the Hot Tin Roof, as the iconic role of Maggie. The show was performed at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, the premier venue on the Central Coast of California for professional performing arts.
Currently, Molly is living and working in Portland, OR. In 2013, she developed a program called Foster the Arts, where teens in the foster care system learned the tools of acting and how they can be used to help cope with daily life. Molly is also the Second Stage director for Young People’s Theater Project for students in sixth through eighth grade. She goes into schools without existing arts programs to direct musicals and provide theater education to students. In addition to Foster the Arts and Young People’s Theater Project, Molly teaches private acting lessons to children, youth and adults. She specializes in audition preparation, the basic fundamentals of acting and character development.