Webseries on Webseries on Webseries...

I've had the good fortune to work with so many brilliant artists over the past year on a variety of web content, and it looks like it's release season! Here are three projects I'm very excited about:

I had been a part of my pal Peter Romano's series The New Neighborhood from its first read, and I'm really proud of the weird, hilarious world Pete and his team created. I played Erasmus, a "non-Romani neo-Gypsy" who is as obnoxious as he sounds... and may be up to something sinister.

And now for something completely different... Virginia Smith's lovely Spirit-ish. One of the most joyful experiences an actor can have is working on great material with a good friend, and getting to act opposite my dear friend Marcel Spears with Virginia's excellent script was a pleasure... even if Kelly is a bit of a passive-aggressive jerk to his friend Byrne.

And last but certainly not least, I teamed up with the wickedly funny ladies of Main Wench for their new series, Tales of Toverud. ToT, as it's called - which is not a reference to any other literary/pop-culture phenomenon, I don't know what you're talking about - is a behind-the-scenes look at the process of bringing a majorly successful fantasy book series to life onscreen. I play Hunter Tracy, the moderately successful theatre and TV director with some unconventional ideas about how to film dragons.

I'm excited to see where all three of these projects go from here! Watch, subscribe, and be on the lookout for more episodes!

Adieu, Columbia...

It's been a crazy couple of weeks since, but on May 20th I graduated from Columbia University's School of the Arts with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Here's some selfie evidence of me in Columbia Blue:

 

The slight look of terror in my eyes is the realization that my student loans are about to become all too real.

The slight look of terror in my eyes is the realization that my student loans are about to become all too real.


When I was a teenager, I dreamed of going to Columbia: getting an education at one of the world's top universities -- in New York City, no less -- was the path I imagined for myself. Instead, I got rejected from Columbia (and several conservatory programs) and wound up at a very different school getting a very different kind of education, something I'm very thankful for. When I was about to graduate from college and had decided that an MFA was my next step, I was excited by the fact that Columbia's program seemed like the perfect fit for me. I applied to a few schools, including Columbia, and got rejected once again. Once again, though, it was a stroke of good fortune: I got to move into Boston proper for the first time in my life, reconnecting with my city and getting to get to know myself better as an artist and a person. I wouldn't trade that year for anything. When it came time to reapply to schools, Columbia was once again on my list, now firmly at the top, and this time I got in. It was the best thing that's ever happened to me as an actor, and it would take a lot more time and space than I have here to elucidate just how much it's meant to me over the last three years to be a part of this family.

So I wound up where I wanted to go, just not the way I thought I would get there, and in a position a thousand times better than the one I dreamed at first. And the experience of dusting off and trying again was in many ways the most important one of all, and I treasure it as much as I treasure the things I've learned from my amazing teachers and classmates..An artist needs to be able to take a few punches from the world, and I'm glad that was a part of my educational journey.

So thank you, Columbia, for being three years of heaven (and hell) and for this feeling of preparedness I have as I take the next step. 

New Year! New Headshots! New Updates!

Happy 2015!

As my final semester of grad school kicks into gear, I've been busy! 

This week begins my tenure as a teaching artist with Classic Stage Company: I'll be working with students in schools across New York, bringing the excitement and joy of Shakespeare's language and ideas into their classrooms before they take a trip to see me and my class (along with a few alumni!) perform A Midsummer Night's Dream as CSC's Young Company! (More info available at www.classicstage.org.)I'm thrilled to be playing Peter Quince, a role I've always been drawn to -- perhaps because he's an actor/director trying to hold a play together against all odds, and I've sure been there. Rehearsals start at the end of January, and I can't wait to get to work with the amazing team!

The holidays may be over, but with MFA showcases coming up in just a few months, 'tis the season for new headshots. In that spirit, I'm proud to unveil (drum roll please...)

 

New pictures of my face! 

Courtesy of the brilliant Matthew Dunivan (www.matthewdunivanphoto.com), I've got a brand new batch of headshots. I've posted a couple more in the "About" section, go check them out. And do consider Matt when planning your next headshot session -- as a recent MFA graduate, he knows what's going on in an actor's mind, and he's beyond fun to work with.

That's all for now. Stay warm, and take care of each other!

 

Rehearsals begin for Light and Fen

Today marked the beginning of rehearsals for my MFA class' thesis project, and I could not be more thrilled to be back to work with the ensemble that has been my family since moving to New York. We have the tremendous privilege of performing a two-play rep this October at Classic Stage Company, featuring two very different plays with very similar themes: Light, based on the novel by Torgny Lindgren and adapted by Simon McBurney and Complicite, directed by CSC's and Columbia's own Brian Kulick; and Fen by Caryl Churchill, directed by Columbia alumnus Osheen Jones. Both plays offer plenty of opportunities for the kind of rich, physical, collaborative work we focus on at Columbia, and after one day of rehearsals I can't wait to see what the next few weeks will bring! Ticketing info and other details will be posted as they become available.