What is your name?
What is your dream role? Why?
Dan in Next to Normal. First of all, I just want to sing that score over and over, but mostly, I love to challenge my acting by pushing new boundaries and going to places I haven't been before on stage. Next to Normal explores so many levels and takes all the actors through an emotional roller coaster that many shows don't go through.
What is your MOST special skill?
What was your first big performance opportunity? Tell us about it.
When I was seventeen, I was asked to be part of a male trio opening for country singer Tracy Lawrence at one of his concerts in my hometown. I got to sing in front of 800 people (with a hand held mic! Big deal at the time), be the opening act for a singer whose CD I owned. I got to watch the concert from backstage, food and drink was catered to us in our own dressing room, AND I got paid. Felt like a rock star.
What is your go-to audition outfit? Why?
Depends on the show of course. Usually a nice pair of jeans, button up shirt, sometimes I loosely wear a tie. Sometimes people criticize me for wearing jeans to an audition (even nice ones), I continue to tell them, "If I get hired, most likely it's going to be for my voice, not my pants".
What role are you completely inappropriate for that you perform superbly in your shower and car?
Favorite dance shoe?
Do you have any sort of ritual before an audition?
Take a deep breath and don't look at my song too much before going in.
Where did you train in theatre? How has that affected you?
Oklahoma City University. I've found an extensive network of people who have either gone to, or worked with someone from OCU. You know what they say, it's all about those connections. It prepared me for professional situations that I encountered the day I moved to New York, and it prepared me for professional situations that I have yet to encounter in my career but I know are still to come.
The Full Monty. Jerry was always a dream role, and since I heard the musical when it came out I've gotten to play it twice (perhaps a third time coming in 2018). The music is so much fun. The ballads are beautiful, and the uptempo numbers, for me, are the perfect blend of music theatre and rock. Both times I got the perfect mix of guys, we all meshed, and going to "work" to do that show was a blessing. Plus, I got to get paid to take my clothes off, so there's that.
Favorite straight play?
Comedy, 39 Steps. Again, got to do the show and had so much fun. I love performing physical comedy, I'm very good with voices, and there's nothing like making someone laugh when that's what they came to do. Dramatic, The Pillow Man. When I saw the show on Broadway I had only seen one other Broadway straight play, and this was like nothing I've ever seen before. I like scary movies, but they don't make me scream or anything. I literally screamed during the play. I was hooked from start to finish.
Do you have any performers that you admire or look up to? Why?
Brian D'Arcy James and Norbert Leo Butz. I always loved watching them both as I have the same type of build, vocal range, timbre... I use a lot of D'Arcy James' songs for auditions and am consistently told my casting directors that I remind them of those two when they were younger.
Who is your favorite non-theatre music artist?
What keeps you sane offstage?
My fiancée can always talk me down.
What's the worst thing about auditioning?
Waiting. (editor note: someone is addressing this!)
Collaborative, a blessing, and hard!
Where can people find out more about you online?