Where are you from? Marietta, GA
Broadway Credits: Oklahoma! (2002 Revival), Urban Cowboy, The Boy From Oz, The Frogs, Sweet Charity (2005 Revival), Hairspray, A Chorus Line (2006 Revival), On the Town (2014 Revival), Cats (2016 Revival)
How did you hear you'd booked your first Broadway show? The summer after my freshman year of college, I flew up to NYC for the day to audition for the Broadway revival of Oklahoma! I had expected a huge turnout and to be there all day, but there was about 30 guys, and it only lasted about an hour. Since it was so quick, I had a lot of time to kill before my return flight to Atlanta took off, so I grabbed an early dinner with my friend Sarah Jayne Jensen, who had also auditioned for Oklahoma! earlier that day. While we were waiting for our food to arrive, I got the call from my agents that I booked the show. Shortly after, Sarah Jayne got the call that she too had booked the show. Our impromptu dinner soon became a celebratory meal, because we were going to be making our Broadway debuts together at the Gershwin Theatre.
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? The Gypsy run. There is so much love in the theatre that night, and the electricity it creates onstage is unparalleled.
What's something about Broadway that fascinates you? The theatres. Not only are they architecturally stunning, the history that comes along with it intrigues me. My favorite thing to do is be alone on the stage with the ghost light long after the audience has left. You can literally feel the energy of those who came before you. I also love looking for little pieces of the past that are hidden all over the theatre (like the signatures under the dressing tables of actors who previously inhabited your dressing room).
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? Teaching. I am very passionate about arts education and helping kids find the tools they need to unlock their own creativity. Nothing is better than watching a young artist grow and achieve their goals.
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be... Ann Reinking.
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose... my cats, Annabelle and Chimbley. They lead such difficult lives- sleeping all ay and then being loved on and pampered when awake.
To be successful in this business, it takes... passion, a thick skin, a kind heart, a great work ethic, confidence, a sense of humor, a good support system, and a life outside of the business.
Tell us a secret. At 15 minutes to places, I have to find a place that is quiet and dark so I can pray. Currently, I am locking myself in the 3rd floor bathroom at the Neil Simon at 15.