I grew up in the suburbs of San Diego with my mom and my sister, most things just unravelled from there. My dad is a singer and performed with the Air Force during Korea and Vietnam, and his influence of music in my life is immeasurable.
Growing up in a house where my mom’s rule was to never quit at something you commit to shaped how I approached any of my habits or extracurriculars. I joined band in 5th grade and became ‘that guy’ who couldn’t stop swaying to the music every time I played, especially to the tune “Love Me Tender” which my dad used to sing as a lullaby when I was little. That’s when I knew music was for me. I picked up the tuba throughout middle school and would play trombone still in the after school jazz band.
After slipping a disc in my back when going into high school, I couldn’t play trombone or tuba, lost my technique for them and became discouraged, but a friend introduced me to choir, and that’s when theatre found its way into my life. My sophomore year of high school, I was the MC for the Hot Box Girls in Guys & Dolls and fell in love with the stage. I’ve performed in at least five productions every year since.
I found my mentor and main teacher for undergrad as I was going into my last year of high school, and he has shaped me to be the man that I am today. John Craig Johnson. He taught me to love what I do, the meaning of life is ‘to live it’, and to always take personal responsibility. He told me about the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) and wanted me to attend there after undergrad. We made that happen through his countless hours of devoted love for what he does, fuel his students to live passionately through what they do.
I ran into a girl while attending one of my dear friends dress rehearsals for Le nozze di Figaro, which was being performed at my university’s performance hall. She was the music building manager as a summer job, but little did I know that she was also assistant directing at one of the best theatre company’s in the country that same summer. I fell right into her talent and strength and will never leave. Paige teaches me daily to challenge myself to be the best person I can possibly be. She is a feminist, scholar in Shakespeare, and dramaturge. We did a year of long distance so we could both achieve our dreams, and now we are going to be married August 2017 as I continue at AVA and she holds her M.A. in Shakespeare Studies from Kings College, London & The Globe, as she finishes her first year at the Arden Theatre, here in Philadelphia. We love our family, cat Matisse, and our dear friends.