I grew up in Niles, Michigan and attended Kalamazoo College for two years officially (three unofficially), before moving to Chicago to start my acting career. Upon arriving in Chicago, I studied at Chicago’s famed iO Theater with legendary improv guru Del Close and iO founder Charna Halpern. Next I spent fifteen years as an actor/writer with the award-winning comedy troupe Wavelength, performing in over forty states.
Fast forward many years on Chicago stages, WGN Television named me “one of Chicago’s best physical comedians,” and I was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Principal Actor citation, for the role of Austin in True West.
In 2006, I finished my undergrad work at The School for New Learning at DePaul University.
Theaters I’ve worked with include 16th Street Theater, City Lit, Victory Gardens, Lifeline, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, About Face, Provision Theatre, the Hypocrites, Trap Door, and others. I am a member of SAG, and my film/television/radio credits include Hannah Free, Just Visiting, Early Edition, and WBEZ’s Stories on Stage. My screenplay Let It Fly or Zen and the Art of Basketball made it to the quarter finals of the 2007 Page Awards, though I hope to better it with my sophomore effort.
When not acting, I am Director of Marketing for VelocityEHS (www.ehs.com). I have an MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, and Leadership and Change Management. In addition to marketing, I routinely speak at regional and national shows on a wide variety of topics, from social media to learning communities.
The quote below was from my first review ever. It was for a Kalamazoo College production called “Shaw Shorts.” I was in a short called “Macbeth Skit.” Thank you, Fred!