Everyone can act. Everyone can improvise. Anyone who wishes to can play in the theater and learn to become 'stage-worthy.' -Viola Spolin
Photographer: Mikki Shaffner
Something about myself:
I was born and raised in Kentucky, and there is no place like My Old Kentucky Home. To quote Albert Benjamin “Happy” Chandler, Sr., “I Never Met A Kentuckian Who Wasn’t Either Thinking About Going Home Or Actually Going Home” I grew up in Mt. Vernon, KY in Rockcastle County (we go by counties vs cities in KY). Rockcastle County has one one of the best Respiratory Care Centers in the Country, home to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, and Renfro Valley Entertainment Center. It makes since that I was either going into medicine or entertainment. As teachers, my parents encouraged me to pursue the sciences, while continuing to support my love for the arts through paying for piano lessons, becoming marching band boosters, and allowing me to do plays with the County Arts Director, Allen Pensol.
I started out my college career at Centre College in Danville KY (Boyle County) where I had every intention of getting a B.A. in Biology and going into the Healthcare Industry. After Patrick Kagan-Moore cast me as Seymour in "Little Shop of Horrors", it didn't take too many more conversations with Matthew Hallock and Tony Haigh before I decided I had to pursue theatre as a career. Despite my protests, my parents encouraged me to transfer school if i was going to transfer majors. We decided that Northern Kentucky University was the place to be. While it took me awhile to get used to the move and the large department, I soon found myself falling deeper in love with the Theatre Arts. In 2012, I graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance and a Dance Minor. From 2012 - 2013, I worked as a Tour Guide and tried my hand at Stand-up Comedy in the greater Cincinnati Area. On a whim, I decided to audition for Graduate School while I was at the South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC). After callbacks, and a lovely conversation with Sean Boyd, I easily decided to attend the University of Southern Mississippi for graduate school. In 2016, this small-town boy graduated as a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance.
They say the end is in the beginning, and now I know that to be true. Because in a beautiful full circle, after graduating in August of 2016, I started teaching Acting at my alma mater -NKU- in the same month! I will be teaching Acting at the University of Kentucky for the 2017-2018 school year. As a Kentuckian, it is great to be back home sharing my art with the people I love in the place that I love. Since arriving back in Kentucky I have hit the ground running and have been getting my hand into every project I can! Take a look into the future by clicking on the UPCOMING SHOWS link and come watch! OR to see some of the projects of the past click on the GALLERY link! If you would like to take a look into some of the thoughts running through my mind click on the MELCHIOR's JOURNAL link. Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a little better!
M.F.A. in Theatre Performance, The University ofSouthern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
B.F.A. in Theatre Performance - Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY