Became interested in acting while performing in a 7th-grade stage production of Pinocchio.
Studied political science in college before focusing on acting.
Early in stage career, worked as a preschool teacher at Tompkins Hall Nursery School in New York City while waiting to land parts in plays.
Made Broadway debut as Dierdre McDavey in Paul Rudnick's I Hate Hamlet. She earned an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance, a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress (Play) for the role.
2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
1994, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Winner
2000, Sundance Film Festival — Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Dramatic): Winner
William — Father
Janice — Mother
Attended University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States; attended Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Washington, United States; The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (BFA in Drama, 1989)
Birth Place: Washington, District of Columbia, United States