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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.
Three years ago we relocated to Nashville. In December, Liz graduated with her Masters in Nursing from Vanderbilt University and is currently at the Vanderbilt Midwives practice. I’m not only working on amazing TV (THE WALKING DEAD), Film (CBGB, CECIL), and Theatre (Geva Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare Festival); I’ve also founded Nashville Story Garden, an incubator for new film and theatre projects. 2015 has already become an amazing year – first, as recipient of an Individual Arts Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission and second – my proudest work to date: The birth of 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 girls, and enjoy a cigar on my porch.