About Me

I’ve been a professional stage actor for the better part of the last decade, but am transitioning to playwriting, screenwriting and other creative endeavors. On stage, I’ve performed in Red, Clybourne Park, In the Next RoomA Raisin in the SunHenry VKing Lear, Death of a Salesman and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. As a playwright, I’ve written and performed the solo piece There Are Others, which saw its first workshop production at Belmont University under the direction of David Ian Lee, a full-length ensemble family drama, Black and Blue (or the man in the pantry). I was a 2018 Fellow with the Tennessee Playwrights Studio and am an avid patron of the Nashville Story Garden. And I’m currently working on another full-length tentatively titled The Lottery as a part of Pipeline Collective and Studio Tenn’s Salon.

Books I Love


In no particular order…

It by Stephen King
The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss by David Bentley Hart
A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Passage, The Twelve, and The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson


The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis
An Iliad by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson
The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
Shining City by Conor McPherson
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
August Osage County by Tracy Letts

My Kind of Music

James Taylor
Thomas Newman
Audrey Assad
Josh Garrels
Madeleine Peyroux
Lake Street Dive

TV & Movies


The Americans
Stranger Things
Breaking Bad
Band of Brothers
The Sopranos
The Terror

My Website


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