Where it all began, at Head-Royce High School, 1979
According to my father, I was humming tunes before I could talk, and music has been a central part of who I am ever since.
After plunking out tunes on a piano starting at 3, I began taking lessons at 6. In the summer between 9th and 10th grades, my focus turned from classical to pop music (and I learned to play my first pop song on piano, Barry Manilow's This One's for You), and shortly after that I caught the acting bug (and appeared in my first musical, The Man of La Mancha).
Since that time, I have been privileged to have a tremendously varied career as an actor, singer, piano/keyboard player and songwriter. My career has encompassed musicals, non-musicals, children’s theater with The Mr. Funnelhead Show (about the exploits of the Captain of Clean Water and Used Oil Recycling in Contra Costa County), independent films, and rock bands (some of whose music is included on my album, Extra-Ordinary).
For four years, I was the second tenor and assistant director of the a cappella doo-wop group The Starry Knights (for whom I originally wrote the opening number on my album, What’cha Doin’), and for 19 years I have been a member of the largest professional caroling organization in the country, The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers.
My career path has led me to Extra-Ordinary, which I am excited to share with the world.
Thanks for listening!
More about my history:
My favorite theatrical roles have included Vernon in They're Playing Our Song; George in Same Time, Next Year; Curly in Oklahoma; Tony in West Side Story; Dad in Cheaper by the Dozen; Brady in Inherit the Wind; Ted in Ideation; and the Prince in David Mamet's version of The Frog Prince. Some of the theaters I've worked with in the San Francisco Bay Area have included the Mountain Play; the Willows Theatre; Playhouse West; Calaveras Repertory Theatre; and Pacific Alliance Stage Co.
I have also been a part of many world premieres, including the musical A Time for Courage, based on Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, which featured a cast of 57 and a 26-piece orchestra and played to sold-out houses at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
My film/TV work has included The Last Innocent Summer; The Clock Strikes Twice; Fred's Lot; The Diary; Cliff Takes a Picture; Gangster’s Guilt; Cult (which played at the New York International Film Festival); and the nationally syndicated show I (Almost) Got Away with It. In addition, I won "many exciting prizes" on the nationally syndicated trivia show Sports Snapshot!
I have appeared on keyboards and vocals with the rock bands Invazion; Thank You, Thank You (compared to the Fine Young Cannibals by BAM Magazine); Nine Lives; and OCD, and I've particularly enjoyed playing some extremely sick patients as part of the Stanford Medical School's Standardized Testing Program for its students.
I have had the privilege of studying with some tremendous teachers over the years, including Robert (Bobby) Weinapple; Richard Seyd; Josh Finkel; Karen Mason; Molli Benson; Bonnie Hayes; Ed Hooks; Dana Lewenthal Blankman; Essence; the late Richard Nickol; and the many fine teachers at American Conservatory Theatre's Summer Training Congress.
I have a degree in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Kansas, where I was a four-year member and served as the Executive and Musical Director of The Jayhawk Singers, the university's show choir.