I started performing at 15 with Lighten Up Improv Co. in Kansas City, Missouri. I was at a show with some friends from high school and thought, “I can do that.” Two weeks, an audition, and an improv intensive later I was thrown on stage and hooked. Columbia College Chicago followed, along with classes at Second City and Improv Olympic. I got more and more into theatre, and less into improv. I wanted to be the best actor I could be – and as much as I loved making people laugh, I knew that I needed more training.
I crashed the audition for Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s professional actor training program – and got in. I got paid to go to school, received a Master’s degree, my equity card, and met the love of my life, Liz. After grad school I backpacked through Italy for three months; then Chile for another month. It was life changing and awesome – I was able to go to the places Shakespeare wrote about, and see Pablo Neruda’s houses on the other side of the Atlantic. I ate incredible food, grew a huge beard, climbed a volcano, went to wine festivals, saw great theatre, and rode horses on the beach. The next adventure was NYC. We lived in Queens for five years. Gigs came and went. New York was great; filled with highs and lows and friends and inspiration and hustle. We loved it. We still do, and get back to New York a couple times a year.
Five years ago we relocated to Nashville. Liz graduated with her Masters in Nursing from Vanderbilt University and is currently at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing Midwifery practice. I’m not only working on amazing TV (STRANGER THINGS, THE WALKING DEAD), Film (THE SAURUS at SXSW), and Theatre (Geva Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare Festival); I’ve also founded Nashville Story Garden, an incubator for original film, theatre and modern media projects. Last year directed my first short, TENNIS TIPS WITH FREDDY LOVE, received an Individual Arts Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and have become an associate artist at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, where I just finished writing & performing in LOST LAUGHS: THE SLAPSTICK TRAGEDY OF FATTY ARBUCKLE. I continue to be amazed by my proudest collaboration to date, my daughter Mabel. I’m excited about the rest of this year and can’t wait for more chances to work with talented people, go hiking with my ladies, and enjoy a cigar on my porch.