Roundabout Theatre Company/Jim Carnahan Casting
Recent casting projects include Cabaret (upcoming), Violet (upcoming), Machinal (upcoming), Matilda: The Musical, The Winslow Boy, The Big Knife, The Sunshine Boys (LA), Peter and the Starcatcher (Off-Broadway and Tour), Anything Goes (Tour), American Idiot (Tour), What’s It All About?: Bacharach Reimagined, selected roles on Glee (TV).
Recently certified as an actor/combatant by the Society of American Fight Directors (single sword, knife, unarmed). Fight Choreography: Prison Song.
Words of wisdom:
Take advantage of every learning opportunity you have while in the safe, nurturing environment of college. Even when you think “I’ll never use this once I graduate,” rest assured that you will. There is no way to predict what you will be doing in 2, 5, or 10 years, so you may as well soak in as much experience and knowledge as you can while you have the chance.
Be careful of burning bridges–you never know when you’ll run into someone down the road who has the power to help you out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, and never underestimate the power of good manners and a smile.
Who would you like to thank for your success?
I have to thank the incredibly supportive and encouraging theatre department at Montevallo–Dr. Callaghan, Tammy, Marcus, Emily, Kel and Pam, too! Thanks for calling me out when I slacked off, encouraging me to “do better” and reminding me to “stop doubting myself.”
I also would have never had the guts to move to New York City without the support of my family–David, Cindy, Alyssa and Santana the Dog.
How did Montevallo affect your career choice?
Studying at Montevallo taught me that as long as I was driven enough to make it happen, I could and would maintain a career in the theatre. That drive has kept me consistently employed in my field and doing what I love since I graduated in 2011.
It has taken me to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, a Cherokee Indian Reservation, the bitter cold of Montana, the bad decisions of Las Vegas, the drag shows of San Francisco, the parking tickets of Los Angeles and, now, the bright lights of New York City.
I was always encouraged to think outside the box and create opportunities for myself, and that’s proved to be the most valuable lesson of all.