I am a Chicago-based actor, singer, voiceover artist and teacher. I hold a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and I am a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and a graduate of the improvisation training program at iO (formerly Improv Olympic).
I have worked extensively around Chicago’s theatre scene, most notably at Steppenwolf Theatre, understudying the role of Mr. Peel in the world premiere production of Tracy Letts' THE MINUTES, directed by Anna Shapiro, and the roles of Jake and Drew in the midwest premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, directed by playwright Young Jean Lee. Other notable credits: RAGTIME and TITANIC (Griffin Theatre Company), both nominated for Best Acting Ensemble at the Jeff Awards, OTHELLO (The Gift Theatre), and the world premiere of BROKEN FENCES by Steve Simoncic (16th Street Theater). I have also played with Northlight, Lifeline, Ka-Tet, Next, Light Opera Works, and Raven to name a few. TV credits: Chicago Med. I have also worked extensively in front of the camera in the commercial world, most notably for Wisconsin Lottery/Green Bay Packers, McDonalds, the NFL Network, US Army, and White Castle.
As a voiceover artist, I have recorded for Nintendo, Sears/Kenmore, Dish Network, McDonalds, Autozone, Special K, and Kashi.
I have produced theatre in Chicago as well. I co-founded Rubicon Theatre Project and served as Managing Director for its five-year history. I also served the now defunct Ka-Tet Theatre Company as its Business Manager.
I am a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and an Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) with Actors Equity Association.
Truth and honesty is what we artists seek. An actor's job is not to manipulate or obfuscate the audience, but to share their truth. As a Meisner-trained actor, I believe the most important thing is the “pinch and the ouch” between scene partners. It is what happens in the space between two people that propels the relationship and the story forward. No amount of preparation, memorization, or research can overshadow simply being connected to your scene partner and being emotionally and physically available to whatever they give you and how they make you feel from moment to moment to moment. The beauty of the performing arts is that it exists for a moment in time and then disappears forever. Every day we are different people than we were yesterday, or even ten minutes ago, and every performance is subtly different than the previous one as a result. It is when two human beings are totally connected to one another under the given circumstances of the script where the beautiful, yet fleeting, moments of live theatre are created, witnessed by the audience, and then disappear forever.