Briel was born in Maryland, with family in Virginia, WV, and Tennessee. She is a writer, photographer and theatre professional who played Berryin the feature length film Edge while she was still in high school. Asa Maryland Distinguished Scholar she was awarded the state's dramascholarship. She received a B.
A. in Theatre from the University ofMaryland, College Park. Since graduation, she's been performing in andaround DC at the Cumberland Theatre, Folger Theatre, Kennedy Center,Round House Theatre, Ford's Theatre, Virginia Shakespeare Company, andOlney Theatre Center, among others. She is a member of both the Actors'Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federationof Television and Radio Artists. She is not using her birth name due tothe coincidence of another actress choosing the same name.