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 Since childhood, I have always had the passion to explore, create, change and inspire.  My adventures in the St. Louis burbs went way beyond the proverbial lemonade stand.  I started a neighborhood newspaper, lottery, recycling service, delivered home-made sweets, and produced many original shows, with lights, music, and working curtain in the basement.  Before I left St. Louis I had attended the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, the Youth Leadership Foundation, and appeared in countless productions including the opportunity to share the stage with Phyllis Diller, Davy Jones, and perform on the country’s oldest & only surviving showboat.

I attended the Theatre School at DePaul University and continued my education at Columbia College Chicago.  It is there that I received my BA, studying acting & musical theater and directed an original, collaborative, one-act play.  While in Chicago I continued to perform in city and regional productions as well as explore my interest in photography and graphic arts.  

In 2004 I made the move to New York City to explore my creative habit.

My passion for acting is equally paired with one for art, old things, and the possibility to create just about anything.  I love to find artful and crafty ways to make new things from the old and use salvaged materials and eco-friendly goods in all of my work.  I have created numerous custom pieces and designs including, vintage window frames, upholstered headboards, light fixtures and event designs.  I am also honored to have been a participating artist in the Chicago “Hearts A Bluhm” campaign in 2011 where my heart “City Pulse” was displayed on Michigan avenue and is now on permanent display at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  

And so it continues… When I am not in the studio I am on stage, and have most recently appeared as a befuddled dreamer, distraught page boy, one-eyed butler, hopeless secretary, and vegas chorus boy, among others.  And that’s not all!  This year I will officially launch Gooey&Co, bringing my own original recipe Gooey Butter Cakes to New York City!  

In so many ways I am still that adventurous, wide-eyed kid.  It is that child-like passion for exploration that continues to fuel and inspire my art and craft.  New York City is the world’s most awesome playground and I am thrilled that I get to play in it everyday!