I was raised in Lafayette, IN. After graduating from Jefferson High School (go Bronchos!), I moved to New York City to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. I left AMDA after completing my first year to study at The HB Studios and The Creative Acting Company, taking master classes with the incomparable Uta Hagen and Tony Randall.
New York in the 90’s was a brilliant and magical place for an actor like me and I quickly found a home in the thriving Independent Theatre scene on the Lower East Side. I worked on world premieres and re-imagined classics for the better part of a decade with some of the hottest, edgiest companies that were producing regular work like: Todo Con Nada, GeminiCollisionWorks, DM Theatrics, and The Piano Store.
One thing lead to another and the universe plopped a meeting with a top commercial agent in my lap. Given that years earlier, right out of school, I was told by an agent, “You aren’t good-looking enough for your age group to work on TV,” I was a bit shocked that THIS agent wanted to work with me. I’m forever grateful Ingrid saw and appreciated my ridiculous comedic chops. As for that first agent, well this Ugly Mug has booked on over 30 National, International and Regional Campaigns for major corporations like Walmart, FedEx, and American Express.
I’ve spent most of life working in the theatre, however, and I’ve been able to work on some pretty amazing projects. I originated the role of ‘Caleb’ in Matthew Lopez’s brilliant play, The Whipping Man (opposite Frankie R. Faison), ‘Weena’ in the world premiere of Baby, Oh Baby (Broadway World LA Award Nomination and the Valley Theatre League Award Nomination, Best Featured Actor), ‘Edmund’ in Jack Camfora’s Poetic License, ‘Mark’ in Cody Daigle’s Providence, and a the dual role of ‘Barry/Bonnefoi’ in The Hypochondriac, The Cell Theatre’s adaptation of The Imaginary Invalid (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination in the Featured Actor category). I was most recently nominated for the 2017 Broadway World LA Award in the Leading Actor category for my go at ‘Estragon’ in Waiting for Godot with The Open Circle Theatre Company. That? That was a dream role, kids. From a racist, slave-owning, amputee to a transgendered landlady in London, I have been blessed with so many stories that have challenged and shaped me, both as an actor and as person. I’m thankful everyday for the artists with whom I’ve been able to collaborate.
My first real TV project was playing Bart Johnson’s smarmy side-kick in The Christmas Spirit for the Hallmark Channel. I had such a blast that it wet my appetite enough to move to LA to pursue more television and film. That’s what I’m doing now and I think it’s right on track.
I’ve traveled the world (18 countries!), fought for equality, married my soul-mate (with the added bonus of the coolest, funniest step-son ever!), and spent a year and a half nursing my mother through her terminal illness. I’m outlining a book on that last one.
I’m also an avid runner and hiker, coaster junkie, love the desert, and am well known for random acts of kindness and finding the humor in nearly any tragedy.
And did I mention I’m a HUGE muppets fan?!
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