actress, singer, dancer
performance as food for the soul
Pamela is a triple threat performer as well as an experienced teacher, choreographer and director. Pamela has been performing professionally since the early 1970’s in the Washington Metropolitan area and all over the United States, the Netherlands, Ireland, Greece and the Czech Republic.
In the Greater Washington area, Pamela has performed at Arena Stage, the Folger Library, the Lansburgh Center, the Marquee Lounge, and D.C. Space. All the surrounding dinner theatres have hosted her work, and her one-woman show, Trapeze, aired on Playhouse 61 in Virginia.
Her work has garnered a Helen Hayes nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for the Rose Theatre’s production of Closer Than Ever, three Mary Jane Teall’s Best Actress in a Musical awards in Wichita, Kansas for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, The Robber Bridegroom, and the Midwest premiere of Honk! She has worked extensively with playwright/director, Yvette Heyliger, on her productions of What Would Jesus Do?, The Valentine, and was awarded with the Best Actress in a Play with Music or Musical Event for her portrayal of Laura Bush in White House Wives: Operation Lysistrata in New York.
A founding member of the Alliance for New Music-Theatre, following the original NEA Workshop with Wesley Balk, Henry Holt and Ben Krywosz, Pamela was practicing the philosophy that music and theatre are not separate art forms, but “broader ranging than either music or theatre alone.” She created the roles of Medea in the Galbraith/Johnson opera, Our Medea at the InSeries and Signature Theatre; Mrs. Brandt and the Lady of the Hunt in A Woman Changed Into A Fox; Eva in Vanek Unleashed; and Mrs. Samsa in Kafka’s Metamorphosis. The latter two productions traveled to the Prague Fringe Festival after successful Washington D.C. runs. She returns to the Alliance in the Fall of 2017 to play the dual role of Sulla, the Domestic Model, and Emma, a Scottish human who survives the war with the robots in R.U.R.: A Retro-Futuristic Cabaret Musical by Maurice Saylor and Susan Galbraith.
For the last twenty years in collaboration with her husband, Pastor Eddie Jusino, Pam has been exploring the use of drama, dance and art in community contexts, demonstrating in her work that in addition to music can enhance the experience of worship and help us to viscerally engage the divine. They are currently serving a church in Farmington Hills, MI. and are the proud parents of Emmett Stewart of Westbury, New York and Charlotte Mae Ellison of Chicago, Illinois.
Pam is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a recent magna cum laude graduate of the CUNY/BA program at Queens College, NY with a double major in Theatre and Religious Studies.