Down to earth powerhouse with grace and a wicked wit.
Originally from Chicago, Retta traded freezing cold winters for warm weather and smog shortly after she graduated from the two-year Second City Chicago Conservatory. Once she moved to LA, she expanded into sketch writing with Acme Comedy where she was a member of the Bravo Sketch Company performing in an SNL style show, creating new material weekly.
She has appeared in over 25 films. Her most notable lead was in the film Parthenabe, which garnered the film the Best Drama Award by the Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences. She’s an alum of the Beverly Hills Playhouse and has worked with such notable teachers as Richard Lawson, Milton Katselas, Al Mancini, Wendy Davis, Scott Sedita, Brian Reise and Crista Flanagan.
Retta was an associate producer on the feature film Time Toys starring Ed Begley, Jr. As a producer, her most recent feature film, Get Bossy, was distributed by Cinedigm. Both films can be found on Amazon Prime. Retta's production company, Multi-hyphenate Films, has produced several short films, and is soon wrapping production on her next feature where she can also be seen in a supporting role.
As head writer for the Los Angeles-based, award-winning production company Create Your Reel, which fully produces custom actor demo reels and independent films, Retta has written over 7000 Minilogues for clients, and penned several short films and a webseries for the CYR family.
For 13 years, Retta volunteered as a one-on-one mentor with the LA non-profit WriteGirl, as well as running their silent auctions. She talks to her mother every day, and she resides in West Hollywood with her husband and Charlie, the best cat in the world.