LOCAL DC/BALTIMORE AREA: Acid Queen in The Who’s Tommy (Open Circle Theatre), Allison/Dr. Wink & Mrs. Pinkerton (u/s) in Pinkalicious (Adventure Theatre-MTC), Maggie/Ron in Bat Boy (1st Stage). Sister Berthe in The Sound of Music(Compass Rose Theatre). OUT OF TOWN: Vivian Snustad in Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping (Round Barn Theater at Amish Acres). Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music, The Dinner Detective (Midtown Arts Center). Miss. Flannery/Mrs. Meers (u/s, one performance) in Thoroughly Modern Millie, the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha, Nine, and The Age of Dreams: Musicals from 1961 (Catholic University). EDUCATION: BM in Musical Theatre Performance, Catholic University, and London Dramatic Academy.
A DC/Baltimore native, I attended the Catholic University of America where I received a B.M. in Musical Theatre performance and graduated with Cum Laude honors. I was most recently seen as the Acid Queen in Open Circle Theatre’s production of The Who’s Tommy. Favorite roles I have played in the past few years include Mayor Maggie and Ron in Bat Boy at 1st Stage in Tyson’s Corner VA, Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray (Midtown Arts Center), Sister Berthe and Sister Margaretta in Sound of Music (Compass Rose Theater & Midtown Arts Center, respectively), and Miss. Flannery/Mrs. Meers (u/s) in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Catholic University). See my resume page for more detailed info.
And Now For Something More Extended:
Hey there, internet friends! This is where I wish I could give you my shining specific moment where I was “bit” by the theatre bug. I could fabricate some story about being small and starry-eyed over the stage. It would be adorable…and untrue. Can’t tell you that I was a baby theatre or music prodigy. Sure didn’t start dancing or playing instruments as a toddler; I didn’t do my first real show until middle school. I just meandered from a general love of singing and performing over to theatre.
Your Standard, How I Ended Up in Theater Story:
I grew up halfway between DC and Baltimore doing things like going to the Renn Fest for my birthday every single year; or running under people throwing clubs, knives, and torches (oh my!) at the annual Congress of Jugglers show.
Music and comedy were part of my anatomy growing up. Where most kids tell you that Bob Barker and The Price is Right made them feel better, for me it was always Lucille Ball and I Love Lucy. I couldn’t tell you how I reacted the first time I saw “Vitametavegamin,” because I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know it by heart.
It’s the same with The Blues Brothers, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty & the Beast. I remember watching classmates in high school struggle to learn the famous Abbott and Costello “Who’s on First” sketch and not being able to comprehend the fact that they didn’t already know it.
I graduated Cum Laude from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. One of my favorite experiences in college was getting to spend a semester abroad at the London Dramatic Academy. I saw incredible theatre and art and, I met extraordinary actors like Imelda Staunton and Judi Dench.
Skills Pay the Bills, But Also Get a Day Job:
My day job is in arts management, a field I stumbled into in college by way of being a compulsive organizer. It went something like this: “Hey Tom, can I borrow some music? Wait…what exactly happened in here? A tornado?! I am full of concern…can I please…put all of the things away? I mean…it’s just…THE FACT THAT THESE BOOKS ARE EVERYWHERE IS GIVING ME HIVES.” (True story.) I spent a summer at Montgomery College SDT as the intern to the Artistic Director who was also the Head of the Speech, Dance, and Theatre department at the college. I learned how to execute contracts and do some basic back-end theatre business things which helped me to begin my career in Arts Administration. Box office jobs, technical acumen, and parlayed into marketing jobs, which is what keeps my creative fires burning while I am not on stage.