Greetings. So, this is my first real venture into the world of blog!
I am in the midst of preparations for the role of Hamlet for the 2013 season at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI. I am going to attempt to focus all of these blog entries on my work as a theatre artist and my exploration of whatever role or project I have at hand. As for this one however, I am just going to introduce myself and see if I set this blog up correctly!
I perform, direct, coach (verse & acting), and reside in Chicago, IL where I have appeared on stage with the Goodman, Court, Northlight, Shakespeare Project, Remy Bumppo, Noble Fool, and Chicago Shakespeare theaters since 1997. Regionally, I have worked with Indiana Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Notre Dame and Utah Shakespeare Festivals. Internationally, I have performed at the Royal Shakespeare Co. in Stratford-upon Avon, UK and with Shakespeare Link Canada & the Montes Namuli Dance Company in Quelimane, Mozambique.
Aside from preparing the role of Hamlet, I work regularly as a voice over recording artist and am currently engaged in three separate theatre projects. I am the verse coach for Chicago Shakespeare’s Short Shakespeare! Romeo & Juliet. I am performing in a sketch comedy show at the Second City in Chicago entitled LIFE is Just DEATH Taking a Nap, DEATH is Just LIFE Taking a Nap (the show runs Friday nights through March 29th in the Skybox Theatre). I am also proud to be serving as the Producing Artistic Director for my brand new production company The Crowded Tub Collective, where I am directing our first production ever; a seven person adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. It is a busy and exciting time!
As for schooling, I attended George Nelson Tremper High School in Kenosha, WI. While growing up in Kenosha, I was fortunate enough to have one of those rare teachers who had an extraordinary passion for teaching as well as for the works of William Shakespeare. I spent 5 years in Mr. Ronald Parker’s Summer Shakespeare Theatre Program (which is now located in Appleton, WI), studying and playing roles like Bottom in Midsummer, Orlando in As You Like It, Benedick in Much Ado, Prospero in the Tempest, and finally Hamlet before graduating in 1995. I went on to study for 2 years at the University of WI-Whitewater before moving to Chicago and attending Columbia College there for a semester. In 2000, I was accepted and enrolled in the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware where I received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in the spring of 2003. I am now exploring the world of improv and comedy by studying at the Second City Training Center in Chicago and having an absolute blast!
Until my recent foray into sketch comedy, my focus has primarily been on the classics; Shakespeare in particular. I have performed in nearly half of Shakespeare’s 37 plays since the age of 14. Some favorite roles include: Prince Hal in Henry IV, Polixenes in Winter’s Tale, Orlando in As You Like It, the title role of King Henry V, and both Romeo and Juliet respectively. One of my greatest joys is serving as a core acting company member of the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, where I get to work with some of the most talented theatre artists I have ever met or seen. A place of beauty, inspiration, and magic.
I am a proud member of 2 unions; the Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.
I live in Chicago surrounded by the love of my dog Chevy (the best dog to ever walk the land); my twin sister black cats, Lucy & Marlo; my beautiful and charming girlfriend, actress Hillary Clemens; and a world of family and friends that are a constant source of strength and inspiration for me.