PHOTO BY GIL VAKNIN

professional showbiz hyphenate since 1993

character actor-puppeteer-singer-voiceover artist-so much more

frequently asked questions

How do you pronounce your last name?

It’s easier than it looks. Just say “duh-BROO-zoh.” You don’t pronounce the apostrophe or add any other extraneous vowels. If you feel strongly about the standard Italian pronunciation of the two “z”s (as in the word “pizza”), I don’t mind, but my grandparents anglicized the name when they came to America in the early 1960s with their family. Yes, this makes me a first-generation American. But sadly, I never learned Italian.


Hey - Alan Alda’s birth surname is “D’Abruzzo” too! Are you guys related?

As much as I would love even an iota of his talent in my DNA, the answer is no. Of course, my husband likes to refer to him as “cousin Alan.” That would be fun if it was true.


Are you married? If so, for how long?

I married my wonderful husband, writer and award-winning producer Craig Shemin, on September 17, 1995. You do the math.


Do you have any kids?

Craig is more kid than I can handle. He makes game show sets out of Lego and collects toys. I am not kidding. Here is one of his masterpieces:

When is your birthday?

December 7, 1971. I had to correct this on Wikipedia because someone made up some random birth date for me (that made me two years older, no less), and I actually got accused of vandalism.  


Where were you born and raised?

Pittsburgh, PA. I grew up in McMurray, and went to Peters Township High School, class of ’89.


Where did you go to college? What was your major?

I went to Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. I was a Radio/TV/Film major, not a theatre major as most people assume.  My degree is a B.S. in Speech. Appropriate.


Do you have any hidden talents?

My hidden talents are useless talents. I can recite the old Emergency Broadcast System spiel by heart. I can do a bad but committed imitation of Buddy Hackett telling a dentist joke. I can rattle off the first paragraph of a Spanish recitation that I used in a Foreign Language Day competition when I was 15, but that’s it. Oh, and I do a passable Charles Grodin, but I can only do him saying one word.


I can also time-step, play the violin badly, play handfuls of chords on the the guitar and ukulele and edit montages on both nonlinear and linear formats. Not that anyone will ever edit on a linear format ever again. And if you want to hear a song sung like Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs, just ask.


What are your guilty pleasures?

Costume jewelry, Sees and Sarris candies, and Duran Duran.