What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
Pedro – Man of La Mancha
Ancestor – The Addams Family
Drake – Annie
Chuck Cranston – Footloose
How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my first season with the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. I auditioned through the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and jumped at the opportunity to work at the BSP. I have the good fortune to be friends with actors who’ve worked here in the past, and the way they raved about the experience, I knew this was where I wanted to work.
Please share your personal history with theatre.
My family attempted to steer me towards theatre when I was in elementary school, but I was too scared to ever try. For years I daydreamed of becoming an actor, but never found the courage to admit it. It wasn’t until 10th grade, when my Marine Core ROTC Commanding Officer talked me into joining a drama class that I finally stepped onto the stage. I’ve been an actor ever since.
My first play was 12 Angry Men and my first musical was Beauty & the Beast — 5 plays and 3 musicals later, I knew I needed to pursue acting as a career. In 2011 I began my formal training in Florida State University’s competitive BFA Acting program, and this past May I finally graduated. During my time at FSU, I sang in the all male A Cappella group, Reverb, studied in London, and performed onstage at the historic Globe Theater, wrote and directed my first film “Animals,” and acted in over 30 films and 7 stage plays, finishing this past year as Romeo in “Romeo & Juliet.” Recently I performed in FSU’s Acting Showcase in L.A., and, as a result, received several offers for professional representation.
What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
I’m very excited to explore the hiking in the area, as well as swimming in Flathead Lake. I’m also excited to shoot a few short films with my free time, hopefully with the assistance of my awesome fellow actors. I’d also love the opportunity to meet some of the community members and get to know what it’s like to be a local! You’ll probably catch me romping around outdoors or in a bar.
What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
After this summer, I’ll return to Tallahassee to visit with my family and pack up my belongings. Then I’ll be making the move to L.A. in the middle of September to continue pursuing my film career.
What else would you like to add?
I love new experiences, philosophical discussions, and getting to know other people’s life stories. I’m also admittedly a big fan of good southern food and even better whiskey. If you see me, please say hello!