I’m putting together a new website, so please pardon the html dust…

You can send me a message below.  In the meantime, here’s some facts about me.

I grew up in the part of East Texas that always smells like something’s burning.  After high school, I moved to New York City (and spent my first night on a bench at Newark International Airport) to study at The Juilliard School with my greatest hero, Beverley Peck Johnson. For a couple of years after graduation, I moved to, and worked in, Houston, Texas, at Theatre Under the Stars (West Side Story, La Cage Aux Folles, the world premier of Kopitt & Yeston’s Phantom, Evita, the Merry Widow), the Alley (Forever Plaid, Robert Wilson’s Danton’s Death) and Houston Grand Opera (Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires).

Back in the days before the Internet, I got to see the US and the world on several national and international tours (Evita, Big River, Into the Woods) and I worked in New York, both Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway — Roger’s and Hart’s Too Many Girls, Grand and Glorious, Miss Julie and Opera For Dummies — and in regional theaters all over the country in Forever Plaid, The Who’s Tommy, Brigadoon, Old Wicked Songs, Beauty and the Beast, Godspell, Don’t Dress For Dinner, The Winslow Boy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and many more. I also did a little bit of film work and, like every actor in New York, appeared on a couple of Law & Order episodes. Don’t blink.

I toured around Europe for two years, putting on a mask as the Phantom (the one from the Opera) and a beret as Che (the one from Argentina), both in German, and played Austria, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and anywhere else I could Der, Die and Das my way to the Konditerei.  In Berlin, in addition to working for Theatre Des Westens and the Berliner Ensemble, I made several appearances on German-language television, including on Kommissar Rex, a television show about a police dog.  In Warsaw, I wore a monocle as Young Kafka in Kafka: In the Penal Colony for the Polish National Opera.

I flew to South Korea to play Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for the Hyundae Theatre Company in Seoul, and not only was I the very first non-Korean to work as an actor in Korean-language theatre, but I was also the first foreigner to win a “best actor” award at the Korean Theatre Awards.

My first directing job was the First National Tour of Forever Plaid, which led to a lot of great directing gigs all over the country: Always… Patsy Cline, 42nd Street, Crazy For You, Beauty and the Beast, Altar Boyz, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Greater Tuna, Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest and many more, including several world premiers.

Since life is too short to stop learning, I have kept studying wherever and whenever I can. At  The Actors Center  in NYC, I studied with Ron van Lieu (acting), Earl Gister (acting), Felix Ivanov (stage combat), Grace Zandarski (voice), Per Brahe (mask), Katherine Fitzmaurice (voice), Christopher Bayes (clown) and Frank Deal (improv).  And I spent a summer in Bali, Indonesia studying Balinese dance, mask work and kecak, and then spent a spring in Korea studying Pansori.

I’m also trying to pass on some of the things I’ve learned. I’ve taught masterclasses in New York City, at the University of Alabama, the University of Montavallo, the Foxcroft School, Bowdoin College and the University of Texas. And I was very honored to be able to teach drama and theatre development as a “sustainable” resource in the Transvaal area of South Africa through a U.N. sponsored program.

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