I had my first taste of the stage in a first-grade animal pageant, in which I played a Mole, and discovered that a pratfall would get a reaction from the crowd.
When I got a bit older, I earned a B.A. in Theatre at the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance, with an emphasis on Acting/Directing. After that, I went on to study commedia dell’arte with Antonio Fava at the Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico (International School of Comic Acting). I briefly stuck around Italy to join the educational Shakespeare troupe Teatro delle Due.
Armed with the arcane knowledge of my comic forbears and an international professional success with the classics, I returned to Houston, where, with a few jaunts elsewhere, I have my way as an actor, director and educator (along with odd-job stints as a video editor and an aerial photographer).
In Houston, I have appeared in productions with Horse Head Theatre Co., Classical Theatre Company, Main Street Theater, 4th Wall Theater Company, and Main Street Theater for Youth, among others.
I am a company member of Horse Head Theatre Co. (Winner, Houston Press MASTERMIND Award 2015), for which I co-developed and performed in The Whale; or, Moby-Dick (Winner, Best New Play, Houston Press Theatre Awards 2015).
I’m also a company member of the Classical Theatre Company, for whom I have directed acclaimed adaptations of The Birds, Ubu Roi, Doctor Faustus, and A Christmas Carol.
I’m a former Artistic Associate with the Prague Shakespeare Company, with whom I performed in many productions and directed two: an original commedia dell’arte-inspired adaptation of The Duchess of Malfi and the original play The Murder of Gonzago, a comic reimagining of Hamlet. They premiered at the Prague Fringe in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
I currently teach theatre to elementary and middle schoolers at a private school in the Houston area. I have been a Teaching Artist for the Alley Theatre for several seasons; mentored and directed student productions at HSPVA, Houston’s arts high school; and shared my experience with commedia dell’arte in student workshops at schools in Texas and the Czech Republic.
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