Wendy Allegaert_3The only daughter of a successful litigator and much revered high school history teacher, Wendy and her four brothers grew up in Scarsdale, New York, in a home that embraced artistic and intellectual curiosity. From an early age, she quickly learned the magic of all things creative. the classical flute being her first passion. Throughout her childhood she lost herself in practice rooms, attending the prestigious Julliard Pre-college Division on Saturdays and Vermont’s Kinhaven Music Camp during summer months. Ever the ambitious academic student as well, at eighteen Wendy set off for Barnard College intending to obtain a degree in musical performance. Once there, however, fate intervened. To fill an English credit, Wendy landed in an intro to acting class where the great English director Peter Brook presented a demonstration of his epic Mahabharata. Drunk on such theatre magic, Wendy had found her grand passion and quickly switched her heart’s focus. She left Barnard with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Music, determined to become a professional actress.

Present Day. Wendy is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and a busy player in the New York scene. She has performed throughout New York City at places such as HERE, The Lark, The Flea, Manhattan Theatre Source, Theatre for a New Audience, Westbeth Community Arts Center, the Image Theatre & Studio, Alice’s Fourth Floor and many, many others. In addition to her time on the New York stage, Wendy has also spent a glorious year as a member of the Apprentice Acting Company at Actors Theatre Louisville in Kentucky. Known for her enormous emotional life and fierce intellect, Wendy brings great wit and depth to every role she plays. Her earthy, quirky performances are often described as following the legacy of powerful actresses such as Melissa Leo, Annette Bening, Anne Bancroft, Judi Dench, Shirley MacLaine. Also a playwright, Wendy has written three pieces so far…one full-length play, Cradle, the short solo play – Untitled Song and a one-woman show – The Great Agogo Speaks.

In addition to her work as an actress and writer, Wendy is also a successful stress reduction consultant, an AmSAT certified Alexander Teacher and Reiki Practitioner, with a busy studio here in NYC. For more about Wendy’s stress reduction workshops, classes and private sessions please call Wendy or visit her blog, http://freeingup.blogspot.com.