Working with some of Hollywood’s directing giants: Taylor Hackford, Zack Snyder and McG, as well as playing opposite Helen Mirren, Love Ranch; Christian Bale, Terminator 4 Salvation and Jackie Chan, The Spy Next Door, Esodie’s career hit its’ stride after relocating to the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico.
Receiving a Manasseh Cutler Talent Scholarship, following her recognition from the New York State Theatre Education Association with the Award for Excellence in Theatre, she studied at Ohio University for 2 years learning the foundations of theatrical performance. Spending more time rehearsing & less time in class, she was “gently” nudged by her mother to move home and finish her degree. In 1996 she earned her BA in Theatre/ English from the State University of New York in Geneseo.
From ’97 – 2002 she honed her skills performing in venues throughout Rochester, NY; Seattle, WA; NYC and Lancaster, PA - where she worked with the historic Fulton Opera House’s Theatre for Young Audience program. In 2 months her troupe did 91 performances throughout rural PA. Curiosity and adventure lead her to Santa Fe in 2002. There she was employed as a production assistant for the world renowned Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival for nine seasons. During those years she ran many orchestral & chamber group productions, while simultaneously assisting a local music promoter. From filing riders to shopping, booking motel rooms, loading out equipment and dressing the green room, Esodie had the once in a lifetime privilege of watching James Brown, Lou Reed and Al Green perform from the side stage!
Thirteen years, 47 film & TV credits later, Esodie is still hustling a small market with big opportunities. For 4 seasons she portrayed the fun-loving, no nonsense Nurse Mollie on NBC’s, The Night Shift. She recently reprised her role as attorney Lynne Pierson in AMC’s, Better Call Saul. Not once, but twice she worked with Ric Roman Waugh as a judge in Shot Caller & Felon. Most recently she was found “giving the business” to Edward James Olmos & George Lopez in Walking with Herb a faith-based film, based on the novel by Joe S. Bullock.
As a jack of all trades – camp counselor, library clerk, security guard, barista, masseuse or spa manager there isn’t a character she can’t portray or a role she doesn’t mind playing.