I've been artistically minded from the time I was very young. I was playing my first instrument at 7, acting my first role at 9, writing my first stories at 10, and my first songs at 11. I am a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and a classically trained vocalist.
In theater I've acted in the following roles:
Once Upon a Mattress: Minstrel (1983)
Pajama Game: Sid Sorokin (1984)
Wizard of Oz: The Tin Man (1985)
Godspell: Jesus (2007)
The Laramie Project: Greg Pierotti (and associated parts) (2013)
Les Miserables: Jean Valjean (2014)
Circle Mirror Transformation: Schultz (2017)
I've directed the following productions:
Moon Over Buffalo (2010)
Taking Leave (2013)
I also provided music direction for:
I'll Be Home for Christmas (2008)
Les Miserables (2014)
I was the lay director for the Drama Department at Santa Cruz Bible Church from 1998-2000
As a choral director:
- I was the director of Team Praise, a 120 voice children's choir from 1994-1997.
- Assistant Choir Director for the SCBC Choir (1998-1999)
- Founded and directed the Timshel Community Chorus of the Salinas Valley, a 25 voice community chorus for ten seasons, from 2010 to 2014. The choir has just begun its 17th season under its third director. I'm proud to have left behind a continuing legacy.
As a writer, the closest I've come to publishing is a table reading for one of my plays, It's Not Love on My Part. My latest play, Stacks, is in rewrite mode. I hope to have both in circulation for potential workshop/development opportunities this year.
In the meantime I have several screenplays in process.
- Greenlight: A drama about Latino gangs. I was able to do an exhaustive information session with an experienced gang enforcement officer in Salinas recently, and am using that info to overhaul the script.
- Untitled Crime Drama: A modern noir drama set in San Francisco. In its 10th rewrite, and hopefully ready for circulation.
- Untitled Steampunk Adventure: Set around the globe, from the US Midwest to Great Britain and Eastern Europe. This is my current first draft WIP.
As an instrumentalist, I'm at worst simply useful with:
- Irish Whistle
- Saxophone (Alto/Tenor preferred)
Even if none of these things becomes my full-time trade, I'm fortunate to have the talent and the people in my life who have fostered it and thereby so enriched my life and the lives of my family and friends.