EXPRESS

On the evening of April 25th, you can see me in McGuire and Simon's Express! The immersive musical theatre experience, which time hops from the 1940s to the 1990s, is staged by director Rose Ginsberg to take place in actual train cars from the time periods on display at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights. You can find me in the 60s car, groovin' to the World's Fair.

For tickets, visit the Transit Museum's page dedicated to "Platform," the interdisciplinary arts series curated by the museum. Hope to see you there!

POLITICAL THEATRE AND RUSSIAN DIALECT

Cast of  The 1 Minute Play Festival

Cast of The 1 Minute Play Festival

I had a great time reading the part of a Russian cat (more dialect work!) at a table read of a new show with music by composer/actor/trans rights activist and occasional Huffington Post contributor Dana Aliya Levinson and composer/music director extraordinaire Joshua Zecher-Ross.

Then Drama League Fellow Candis C. Jones (Assistant Director, Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA The Negro Book of the Dead; O/B) directed me in several short plays as part of America Is..., a politically-charged theatre festival at the New Ohio Theatre (home again!). It was fun playing a misogynist villain for a (ha!) change. :P

TURING TEST

This month, I had the amazing opportunity to play LGBTQ+ martyr/STEM badass Alan Turing in a presentation of Brandon Michael Lowden's new musical, The Turing Test, at Musical Theatre Factory's latest 4x15 workshop. Well, OK. An android facsimile of Alan Turing...which might actually have even been cooler! Props to my fellow Pittsburgher, Brandon, for doing fresh, original work!

Then Drama League Fellow Candis C. Jones (Assistant Director, Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA The Negro Book of the Dead; O/B) reached out to have me read for a few plays in an upcoming women's politics theatre festival. We'll be performing March 5th, 7th and 8th at the New Ohio Theatre (Woohoo!).

IN GOOD COMPANY

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Started 2017 off by singing with Julia Murney (The Wild Party), Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma, The OA), Tony Award nominee Sydney Lucas (Fun Home) and the rest of the talented ensemble for another presentation of Mary & Max by Bobby and Crystaldirected by Stafford Arima.

Then in the same week, I turned around and opened Martha Cipolla for President! at the Peoples Improv Theater. I play Jason, an idealistic political activist who volunteers on the presidential campaign of kindergarten teacher Martha and winds up finding love. Nicco Aeed (Room 4) directs. The show runs Thursdays on The Striker (Main) Stage.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Well, folks, it sure has been a year. But! At least we made it to the end, right? We got this! :D

I just finished up a run of Pasek and Paul's Edges at The Duplex, and it was a great privilege to share the stage with such a talented group of singers and actors.

Up next: Martha Cipolla for President! I play Jason, an idealistic political activist who volunteers on the presidential campaign of kindergarten teacher Martha and winds up finding love in the form of another (sliiiiightly more jaded) staffer, Aaron. Nicco Aeed (Room 4) directs. The show runs Thursdays on The Striker (Main) Stage at the Peoples Improv Theater starting January 12th. Get your tickets here.

Plus, I get to dust off my Australian accent and revisit Mary & Max with Bobby, Crystal and Stafford this month, too. Woohoo!

That's it for now. Enjoy the season with the people you love! Keep reading for more updates and to find out if I ever manage to find time for a nap! :)

 

GIVE THANKS

2016 has had its rocky moments, but there are a lot of reasons to be thankful, too.

Like...next month, I'll be performing in Pasek and Paul's Edges with Cup of Sugar Theatre Company at The Duplex on December 8th, 11th and 13th! If you're interested in checking it out, you can get your tickets at PurplePass.

And then yesterday I wrapped up another great couple of days at the Dramatists Guild Fund working with Bobby, Crystal and Stafford Arima again on Mary & Max. This time I got to act and sing the role of Stewart, a very mean Australian bully. It's been a lot of fun learning a new dialect! (Check out the beautiful video DGF produced for Bobby in my previous post.)

Thanks for reading. :) Stay tuned for a few more exciting announcements in the next couple of months!

I'M BAAAAACK

Halloween is close, and I've been amping myself up for the release of the thriller MeeT Up I worked on earlier this year with writer/director Mark Abramowitz (Check out the stills!). This month is as full as the October killing moon (cue: howl), with this week's reading of Bobby Cronin and Crystal Skillman's musical adaptation of award-winning film Mary & Max at the Dramatists Guild Fund...

...and an upcoming performance of Christiana Cole Little and David Shenton's hilarious short musical The Charm at the PIT (People's Improv Theatre) on the 29th. If you're free, come see me do silly and over-the-top French and Italian accents. :P There's more fun stuff coming up in the next couple of months, so stay tuned while I roll out the announcements :)

APRIL SHOWERS (WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS)

This spring has brought a couple of really fun opportunities to stretch myself as an actor. First, I spent my Easter at IRT acting opposite Wesli Spencer (Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London), Kara Young (Pretty Hunger, The Public Studio) and Pete Boisvert (co-founder, Nosedive Productions) in a radio play written by Ricardo Pèrez Gonzàlez with direction by Maya Evans and sound design by Mark Van Hare. It was a privilege to be called in again by Dreamscape Productions to work on great material with such awesomely talented people.

Then in April I got called in as a last-minute replacement for the lead in a workshop of a musical adaptation of the children's book Young Santa by Norwegian composer Tor Ingar Jakobsen and LA-based writer Abraham Tetenbaum. Thanks, Indiana, for making me do all that sight-singing!

The rest of the month, I'll be honing my on camera chops and expanding my toolkit with acting coach Darlene Violette. So excited to be taking the dive into TV/film with exciting new material!

MY LEAD ROLE IN A SHORT FILM / MARY & MAX UPDATE

Last month I had a really good time reading for the lead in a short thriller by Mark Abramowitz. Two weeks after the table read, Mark called me up and offered me the role. We start production at the end of the month, and I couldn't be more excited!

Then Bobby Cronin got in touch with me and asked me to read again for his and Crystal Skillman's new musical Mary & Max directed by Broadway director Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Secret Garden) with Sydney Lucas (Fun Home) as Young Mary. I continue to be touched by the sheer heart contained in this story.

"I'M SMIIIIIIILING!"

I started off 2016 right by performing in a reading of Bobby Cronin's and Crystal Skillman's touching new musical Mary & Max at the Dramatists Guild Fund, directed by Broadway director Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Secret Garden; B'way). My brain feels nice and warm after all the sight-singing!

By the way, if you have a few minutes, you can check out my new content on the videos page. :)

Pictured: Cast and Creative Team of Mary & Max

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

This holiday season, I got to sing some carols at a fundraising event for the organization myFace. MyFace is a non-profit that provides medical, psychological, orthodontic and social support for patients of facial reconstruction surgery. I met some amazing kids the night of the event (including a tiny future singer who totally stole the show). If you're looking for a last-minute holiday gift for a selfless friend or family member who is particularly hard to buy for, click around on myFace's website and think about sending an online donation. The interface is easy!

RUNNER

Just did some voiceover work on writer/filmmaker (and fellow returned Peace Corps volunteer) Avery Miles' project RunnerRunner is a short film that uniquely captures the moments of a production assistant's experience working on a major motion picture as she travels between NY sets. Had a blast trying out some new accents!

STOP. HAMSTER TIME!

Excited to be cast in Christiana Cole's new musical, Happy Birthday Hamster! Christiana, a student of BMI's Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, is a very talented writer and performer, and I'm having a blast working on her stuff again. Check out her website here: christianacole.com. Shout out to director/comedian Adam Chisnall for helping me stretch my funny bone!

UNLUCKY IN LOVE

Grateful to composer Bobby Cronin and playwright Crystal Skillman for having me in the studio to sing on the demo recording for their new musical Cover (formerly Unlucky in Love)How lucky I am to be able to work on great new material by equally great people!