THE SHORT (no frills bio):
Isabella “Izzy” Tugman is an actor, singer, film producer, and voice-over artist. A lifetime devotee to a career in the performing arts, Isabella has performed in many productions throughout her life and has a B.A. in Music. Isabella studied Vocal Performance and Opera at the University of Missouri-Kansas City prior to moving to Los Angeles to attend a vigorous performing arts program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she earned a certificate for completing the Integrated Program. Following graduation, she devoted herself to learning about film production and has been developing and producing films ever since. She is an avid reader, moviegoer, traveler, and yogi.
THE LONG (epic journey bio):
Isabella felt a strong desire to be an actor, even as a small child. She researched the industry as best she could with what resources she could find, devouring books about the business and what she needed to do to get what she wanted. Being a persistent child, she begged her parents to take her to Los Angeles or New York City to audition for movies and television. They didn’t oblige, so Isabella sought out the performances accessible to her in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas. She soon discovered live theatre and became increasingly more involved in community theatre, school productions, choir concerts, talent shows, dance recitals, and all other performance opportunities she could find. Her first modeling and talent agency signed her at age 13, and she started booking commercial and modeling work.
Growing up with the influence of a musical family, music came naturally to Isabella. Encouraged to learn an instrument, she took up the violin. Active in school and debut orchestras, her musical talent flourished, but her interest in violin waned, and she opted to focus more on her favorite musical passion: singing. It was in high school that the choir director discovered Isabella’s talent for voice and encouraged her to take private lessons and to pursue a career in music. She started doing just that. Isabella discovered her strong work ethic while she maintained high grades, part-time jobs, volunteer work, and club associations, and still found time for involvement in the theatre, often in simultaneous productions. In just four years she appeared in over 20 staged shows, plus countless concerts, recitals, and vocal performances.
After high school graduation, Isabella gained acceptance into the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music. She enjoyed life as a music major and booked acting jobs in her free time. While she adored the challenge of studying and performing opera, Kansas City still felt too small for her, and she had a burning desire to move to the place of action: Los Angeles, California.
She auditioned and accepted a scholarship to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles where she concentrated on acting for film and stage, musical theatre, classical voice training, speech and dialect work, and dance.
After graduating from AMDA, life took Isabella in an unanticipated direction. She discovered a deep interest in learning all behind-the-scenes aspects of filmmaking. This led her to become a film producer, and she has been developing film projects ever since.