Where are you from? Shaker Heights, Ohio
Broadway credits: Hair, Les Miserables
How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? After a performance of Hair at Shakespeare in the Park, Oskar Eustis gathered us all backstage and told us that the rumors that had been swirling around were true; we’d be transferring to Broadway. It was the Broadway debut for at least a dozen of us, and we were over the moon.
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Broadway Show League Softball. For a kid who grew up playing little league in Ohio and listening to Andrew Lloyd Webber double CD sets in his spare time, it’s everything I love rolled into one great afternoon in Central Park. I was thrilled to manage our Les Miz team last summer. We had a lot of heart…
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? It doesn’t matter where you come from, what your background is, what your training is, what your process is, what your goals are, what you do in your spare time. At 8:05, it’s a group of disparate people united for a common purpose: to tell a story.
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I’ve been taking flying lessons, working towards getting my pilot’s license. Coming from the world of theatre, where everything is about what feels right, I love having a hobby that’s so technical, black and white, right and wrong. Flying planes is exciting and incredibly freeing.
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… My wife. I really like my wife.
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Barack Obama. I just want to know what that’s like. The pressure, the responsibility, the privileges. I’m not sure I could even take it for a whole day, but I’d want to try.
To be successful in this business, it takes… Patience, self-awareness, and hobbies.
Tell us a secret. I’ve never burped. It’s not a choice. My body just doesn’t do that.