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 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.
I coach actors at L.A.'s Dream Lab, Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School, and privately with my production company, Bluestocking Productions.
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 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 was named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program’s Distinguished Teacher and a Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. I have been on the acting faculty at Cleveland State University's School of Film & Media Arts and Baldwin Wallace University’s Department of Theatre & Dance. I taught dialects at Houde School of Acting.
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, studying with Shakespeare & Company, Bedlam, Red Bull, Cleveland Play House, Houde School of Acting, Dream Lab and with James Ciccone.
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)..