Graduated from Howard University with a bachelor's in fine arts.
Graduated from Juilliard, where she was classmates with Wonderfalls (2004) co-star Lee Pace.
Graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 1993. Hosted a premiere of "Rent" in Baltimore as a benefit for the school in November 2005.
Has stated publicly that she saw the original Broadway cast in the stage production of "Rent" and their performances inspired her to audition several times for the show (all unsuccessful). She finally had her opportunity to join the cast in 2005 when she became one of two "new" principal actors to join most of the original Broadway cast in the feature film version.
Like the other seven lead characters, her character in Rent (2005), Joanne, is based on a character from "La Boheme". Hers was based on Alcindoro, a counselor of state. Hers is the only character whose predecessor was the opposite gender, a change made by Jonathan Larson to make reference to his own ex-girlfriend leaving him for another woman.
Has remained extremely close friends with her past co-stars Rosario Dawson, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, and Adrienne Wilkinson.
Her father, Donald Thoms, is VP, Production at Discovery Studios, the in-house documentary production arm of Discovery Networks. Donald also hosts the Maryland Public Television Telethons.
In 2008 she was asked to join the final Broadway cast of "Rent", playing Joanne Jefferson, the role that she played in the 2005 film (Rent (2005)) and had always wanted to play on stage. She accepted and was on stage from July 26 2008 until the final show on September 7, 2008.
Added to the cast of the TV Series, Cold Case (2003) on CBS, she plays homicide detective Kat Miller starting with the November 20th episode. [November 2005]