Hey there! I'm



Actor / Theatre Maker / Voiceover Artist

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I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina in an old purple house on a small farm. Feeding goats, collecting eggs, and picking veggies were all normal tasks for me in between the sleepovers, parks and rec soccer, and rehearsal for school plays. My kindergarten class did a performance of the Little Rascals and I was so hoping to be cast as Darla. In a heartbreaking turn, they gave the role to a different five year old instead. Can you even believe? I question that casting choice to this day, but the love of performance stuck with me through the years and I graduated summa cum laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Performing Arts. I also spent a life-changing summer as an acting apprentice at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, refining craft and friendship, and falling in love with literary and classical work.

Ultimately, I moved to Chicago, where I continue to train and work consistently in theatre and on independent films and webseries. For steady income, I have the delightful job of pet sitting and walking dogs. (You can take the girl out of the farm...) In 2017, I co-founded Theatre Evolve to provide a professional environment and a stepping stone for Chicago theatre makers as they develop their skills and up their game in this competitive field. 

To check out my day-to-day shenanigans, visit me on Instagram at @episoeder


*I'm fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and received my booster on 11/13/21.*

I am thrilled to announce that I am understudying Sherlock in Miss Holmes Returns at Lifeline Theatre, running through October 16!




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