AGE: I’m playing a lot of young dads these days.
OCCUPATION: Actor/director/teaching artist. My undergraduate degree is Theatre Studies with a concentration in Acting, and my MFA is in Creative Writing. I've actually been using both degrees in most my jobs, which is pretty great!
RESIDENCE: Mostly Westerly these days, but I also go back to Brooklyn for theatre work, and to take care of my cat, Royal, a tuxedo alley cat I took in four years ago.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: The desert of Phoenix, Arizona, with some significant time as an adult in New York City.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Teaching Westerly High School's first theatre class in roughly ten years; directing "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," and planning the Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island's educational and outreach summer events, all with Alana Rader. She and I were recently named The Colonial's Co-Artistic Directors of Education, so our days are split between our direct connection to Westerly's Theatre Program (as we run it) and planning other collaborations and events for The Colonial, to help further the arts education aspect of our company. We're both so passionate about The Colonial's mission of bringing theatre and arts education to the communities of Westerly and surrounding towns, and we're really excited for what's coming next!
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Seeing innovative theatre and getting inspired by all the wonderful art in this world.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Earning the rank of Eagle Scout. That, and being a teacher long enough to see how much I impact students’ lives, and how much they impact my life.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: For my art and for inspiring others.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Publish one of my major stories.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: A pen, chapstick and many keys.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A physicist. (Actually, just Albert Einstein. He was my childhood hero.)
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My mom; she showed me the best way to behave towards others.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Ernest Hemingway.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: "Women of Will," by Tina Packer, and "The Four Agreements.," by Don Miguel Ruiz.
I AM LISTENING TO: The Classic Rock channel, KOOL. And David Bowie; I recently saw his exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum and it was amazing!
FAVORITE MOVIE: "Planes, Trains, & Automobiles."
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: "Black Panther."
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Growing up, it was "The Simpsons," currently, its "Ozark."
FAVORITE SONG: Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata."
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Mexican. I grew up with a jalapeño pepper pacifier.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook and Instagram.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Empathy.
PET PEEVE: Willing ignorance.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Anything worth doing is worth doing right.”
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: All the robust arts cultures living in a wonderful harmony in and around Westerly!
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: A pen and paper to write down ideas before they fly away.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I have the most recessive genes of anyone I know. (Curly red hair, blue eyes and I am left-handed.)
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: "Talent will get you so far, determination will get you everywhere." From Mr. Miller, my high school English teacher.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: You got this, just keep going!
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Ensure education and the arts for every child and promote peace, prosperity and inclusivity.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Pay off all my student debt.
I DRIVE A: Flashy silver bicycle.
I WISH I DROVE A: A flashy silver Audi.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Lemon juice or fresh lemons, for my morning cup of lemon water.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: Albert Einstein. I grew up always wanting to have a conversation with him.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro