I was born in Manhattan, New York and grew up an hour away on Long Island. I did not take the traditional path to becoming an actor. Growing up I tried everything from sports to dance and music. I was always navigating through life trying to find something I would grow attached to.
In high school we had a student-run play festival in which each grade would compete against every other grade. We were writing, directing, producing, and acting in our own plays. Up until then I was more into sports and my studies. Something inside me told me to “go for it” and try this new experience and act in this play festival.
Needless to say, I fell in love. The experience was so intoxicating. I participated in the play festival again the next year.
Despite my interest in acting, I was accepted to Gettysburg College as a walk on for the college soccer team. I didn’t think acting was in the cards anymore even though I felt more alive while on stage then anywhere else.
I graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, but I was always taking film and acting electives along the way. My time at Gettysburg was invaluable. I learned about myself and got to travel to Europe in a semester abroad.
Life was moving on although, in the back of my head was always this crawling feeling that I needed to be acting. I fought against it but realized that my biggest joy is when I’m acting.
I enrolled in the Lee Strasberg: Theatre and Film Institute and completed their Two Year Conservatory Program. This is where I first learned Method Acting. It opened up my eyes to what an actor can do to prepare for a role and allowed me to bring in my own life experiences to every character I portray. I also have taken classes at Upright Citizens Brigade where I learned long form improv from some of the best teachers in the country.
Acting has taught me to be present. I try and incorporate that in my everyday life.