Theatre Resume

Tags: theatre, acting, directing

Theatre and Improv Education

1991 - 1995 Michigan Technological University
1996 Paul Sills Summer Intensive, Door County
1996 - 2001 BFA - Theatre Performance, Oakland University, Auburn Hills, MI
1999 - 2001 Improv Olympic, Chicago
2004 Jimmy Carrane and Liz Allen Improv Assessment Master Class
2021 Theatre Intimacy Education: Best Practices
2021 Theatre Intimacy Education: Working with Minors
2021 Theatre Intimacy Education: Consent in the Acting Classroom
2021 Theatre Intimacy Education: Theatrical Studio Techniques, Casting, & Policy

Performance and Production Experience

Michigan Technological University Theatre

1991 - 1995
  • Royal Hunt of the Sun - Diego
  • Scapino - Leandro
  • A...My Name is Alice - Assisstant Director
  • The Nerd - Stage Manager
  • Lysistrata - Old Man / Chorus

Oakland University

  • Twelfth Night - Sebastian
  • Getting Out - Lighting Designer
  • Fiddler on the Roof - Chorus / Russian Dancer
  • All My Sons - Assistant Director and Stage Manager
  • The Secret Garden - Lieutenant Wright
  • All in the Timing - Lighting Designer
  • Three Sisters - Kolygin
  • Hamlet - Stage Manager
  • Albert's Bridge - Charlie/Dave/Frasier
  • Peter Pan (In Conjunction with Meadowbrooke Theatre) - AD/ Fight Choreographer
  • Translations - Hugh
  • The Wind in the Willows (In Conjunction with Meadowbrooke Theatre) - Assistant Director

Holmen Community Theatre

  • The Nerd - Axel

La Crosse Community Theatre

  • Guys on Ice - Marvin
  • Twelve Angry Men - Assistant Director
  • Complete Works of William Shakespere Abridged - Himself
  • Peter and the Starcatcher Mrs. Bumbrake

Theatre from the Ground

  • Twelfth Night - Antonio
  • Twelfth Night - Artistic Director / Captain
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Oberon / Theseus
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Artistic Director / Captain
  • Hamlet - Claudius / Ghost
  • Hamlet - Artistic Director / Captain

Teaching Experience

1992 - 1996 Teacher - Michigan Technological University Summer Youth programs, Theatre Exploration (Theatre through Improvisation), Houghton, Michigan
1998 - 2002 Improvisation Education director - Destination Imagination, Howell, Michigan
1998 - 2006 Director of Education, Planet Improv, Howell Michigan
1999 - 2000 Director, "The Set" Oakland University, Auburn Hills, MI
2002 - 2016 Instructor, Guest speaker and Consultant, Phoenix Improv Festival, Phoenix AZ
2008 - 2011 Coach and instructor Brave New Workshop - Student Union, Minneapolis, MN
2014 - 2017 Instructor, La Crosse Community Theatre Theatre for Youth Improv Master Class
2018 - 2019 Instructor, La Crosse Community Theatre Theatre for Youth Shakespeare Master Class
2014 - 2019 Instructor, Coulee Region Improv and Sketch Festival, La Crosse, WI
2019 - Present Artistic Director / Lead Instructing Artist, Theatre from the Ground - Groundlings Project, La Crosse, WI

I've been performing, directing, coaching and teaching theatre and improvisation for over twenty years, working with ensembles and teams ranging in size from one to twenty five, and ages five and up. I ran improv workshops for Michigan Tech's "The Troupe" starting in 1995, started Oakland University's first improv ensemble "The Set", was director of education for Detroit's Planet Improv, and count my time coaching at the The Brave New Workshop's "Six Ring Circus" as some of the best I've had with improv while not on stage. I have gone on to create a non-profit in Theatre From the Ground that explores Shakespeare in new and dynamic ways that relies heavily on the collaborative, improvisational models that underpin improv theatre.

I was a student of IO Chicago from 1999-2001 and while I didn't have the opportunity to work directly with Del, I did have the opportunity to learn from his passion, passed on through his business partners and most trusted of assistants.

I'm a strong believer in the power of improvisational and collaborative creation, and work with ensembles to establish clear goals, explore our strengths and weaknesses, and take the performers down the path to finding the improvisational and performance structures that are truest to the ensemble.

While my improvisational education is strongly based in longform methodologies, my roots are square in the soil of shortform and even though they are different in presentation, they are, in my mind, just different paths up the same mountain when it comes to scenic development and goals.