I began my career as a stage actor and director and educator. Just before the pandemic, I began studying film and television acting. I'm also active in voice overs, podcasts, modeling, and print. I've done background for HBO and Apple TV, and featured background in the upcoming Netflix series, The Chair. Critics have described my stage performances as “delicious” and “wonderful.”
Emotionally astute...gripping...stellar...inventive...stalwart" is how critics have described my directing. I'm a member of the 2019-21 Stage Directors & Choreographers Society Foundation Observership Class, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab (NYC), Directors Lab West (LA), Directors Lab North (Toronto), and Cleveland Play House Directors Gym.
I have worked with everyone from students to Grammy-winners and was a co-founding, producing co-artistic director of the critically-acclaimed classical theatre company, Mamaí Theatre (2010-2017). In 2017, The Cleveland Critics' Circle honored Mamaí and my production of A DOLL’S HOUSE at Playhouse Square with two Superior Achievement Awards.
As a theatre educator, I was named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program’s Distinguished Teacher and a Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Currently I am an adjunct acting faculty member at Cleveland State University's School of Film & Media Arts. Previously, I served as interim assistant professor at Baldwin Wallace University’s Department of Theatre & Dance. I coach actors at the Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School and privately, and have also taught at Cleveland's Houde School of Acting. For information on my coaching and production company, Bluestocking Productions, please click here. Before committing full time to acting and directing, I taught theatre and film for 16 years and served a stint as chair of Shaker Heights High School’s nationally-recognized and award-winning theatre arts department. I have received grants and fellowships to study Shakespeare in performance at The Globe Theatre in London, the National Endowment for the Humanities’ National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare, Shakespeare & Company, and The Juilliard School. I hold a BA in Comparative Literature and Writing from Columbia University and an MFA in Acting from Kent State University.
A perpetual student, I continue my training and have studied at Shakespeare & Company, Bedlam, Red Bull, Cleveland Play House, Houde School of Acting, and Dream Lab .
I'm a member AEA-EMC and Stage Directors & Choreographers Society. I am represented by Dream Maker Talent (NYC), Docherty Talent (CLE), and Heyman Talent (OH)..