Actor * Singer
Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, Cassie was lucky to be born into a theatre family. She cut her teeth (literally, she attended her first rehearsal at 3 weeks) at her parent's theater, Lamb Productions, and credits her first role on their stage as "Stumpy" the tree stump in the kids show, Wiley and The Hairy Man, as the spark that ignited her passion for performing....she made one heck of a tree stump.
After receiving her BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University, she began her career in Chicago where she was a recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Award (Merrily We Roll Along). Regionally she has worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Timeline Theater Company, Barrington Stage Company, The Marriott Theatre, and Peninsula Players Theatre among many others. She works extensively in the development of new musicals (BMI and William Finn’s Musical Theatre Lab at Barrington Stage Company) and originated the roles of Lauren and Judy in BSC's See Rock City and Other Destinations (again at NAMT). She has been a featured vocalist at Birdland, Joe's Pub, Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, Don't Tell Mama, and Ars Nova. In 2009, she won the New York Music Theater Festival's Next Broadway Sensation Competition, which led to her solo show Chimera at Joe's Pub. TV: Chicago PD. She is the Co-Creator of the early childhood music & creative play program, Stomp and Shout Kids; wife to actor, Eric Slater; and mom to sweet Winona.
Cassie started assistant teaching at the age of 16 under the guidance of her mother, Diana Guhin Wooley (a truly inspiring teacher & mentor). Those early teaching experiences showed her the tremendous power that music, theatre, and art can have on the development of young minds. Following her mother's lead, she soon realized that with an invested teacher who cares and believes in each student that power grows exponentially!! She likes to think that some of her mother's magical teaching moments are with her today. In Chicago she's taught for Second City and Apple Tree Theatre (Eileen Boevers Performing Arts). In New York: Stage Coach, Broadway Bound Kids, & Music For Manhattan/Music For Brooklyn. In 2013, she founded Stomp and Shout Chicago; a music and creative play program for kids and their grownups.