Q: Where are you from? What was your family like? A: I'm from Florida, and before that Alaska. My father was in the Air Force, hence the living in Alaska and then Florida. My family, like most I think, is a little crazy. My father is a psychologist and owns his own practice. My mom helps my dad with his business, mostly the book keeping side of things, and somehow finds time to also keep the house clean and tidy. I can only attribute her success at this to "mom magic" because I honestly have no idea how else she manages all the work she does. I've got an older brother and a younger sister. My brother is in the process of trying to start his own family and my sister is trying to "find herself" or whatever it is the hip kids do these days.
Q: When did you begin acting and how did you get into it? What was your first role? A: I began acting in my senior year of high school though I'd thought about it for a while before that. I've always loved movies and television, and I'm a naturally enthusiastic individual, so when I finally made the leap to give acting a try at the end of high school it just seemed to make sense to keep going with it. My first role was the spastic director of a fake game show in a murder mystery dinner theatre. The name of the character and the show have long since passed out of my memory but the show itself I remember being a lot of fun and was a big part of the reason I decided to follow acting into college.
Q: What are your favorite roles you've had a pleasure of playing and why? A: Demetrius from A Midsummer Night's Dream has been one of my favorite roles that I've done. Partly because it was one of my first Shakespeare shows that I was in, and because the role was very different than most of the other parts I tend to get cast in.
Q: When you're not performing, how do you like to spend your time? If you weren't an actor, what other profession would you have liked to explore? A: When not on stage I spend a lot of my time delving into the world of science fiction, be that in books, games, or television. I've always really loved Sci-fi stuff. Yes, this means I'm a Star Wars fan. I also enjoy exploring what our science fiction stories say about us as a society and what insights we can gain about ourselves through that medium. It might be hard to believe for people who don't care for science fiction but there are often a number of social and political issues that are discussed within the Sci-fi realm. If I weren't an actor I think I would have liked to explore the field of social anthropology. I find different cultures to be fascinating, and the way we interact and deal with one another based on our cultural background is very interesting.
Q: Share a story about "the joys of live theater". Either something ridiculous that happened during a show you were in, something you saw in another production, or any other anecdote about things that can only happen in live theater. A: Once I was cast as Templeton the Rat in a production of Charlotte's Web. Our lead actresses playing Wilbur and Charlotte had not managed to memorize their lines at all, which meant that our show was completely different every night. One performance, I got offstage from one of my scenes to find one of the other actors not feeling well. I helped him to the green room so he could lie down and then raced back to see where we were at in the show. When I heard the dialogue on stage I freaked out because I was sure I'd missed one of my scenes. It turned out that I hadn't missed anything, our lead actresses had just completely skipped it. To make matters more absurd, the scene they skipped was one where I was supposed to bring Charlotte one of the words she spins in the web, so later on Charlotte had to conjure the word out of no where.
Q: What's the most embarrassing thing that's happened to you personally during a performance? A: In a production of The Crucible a friend of mine went up on his lines and I had the perfect way to help him, but I freaked out and my mind just went blank. So we sat there in that wonderfully uncomfortable silence for what felt like ages before he managed to pick himself up. I'm sure it was worse for him than for me, but I still felt really awful that I just lost my mind with panic.