Tess was born into a bi-cultural German-Portuguese family and grew up in Cold War Berlin- Germany. Her performance debuts were mime and cabaret shows in Berlin. From there she moved on to plays, musicals and youth Television shows. Tess was then encouraged by her Dance Instructor to move to NYC to become a professional modern dancer and once there studied Dance,Acting,Voice, The Alexander technique and he Pilates Method with NY masters. Her greatest passion is learning and portraying the great female characters but also loves physical comedy and music. She is fully trilingual and works across continents.