I didn't always know I wanted to be an actor. I was born 2 minutes before my twin brother and since that day, it has always abundantly clear - I was the crazy, dramatic, extrovert who loved attention. He was the normal one. Unfortunately for him, it took 18 years for me to find a medium in which to channel my antics: the theatre.
I grew up in Arlington, Virginia, the son of two hard-working musicians. My dad played french horn in the Opera House Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and my mom, a clarinetist, taught high school band for 25 years. She was my piano teacher, and he was my trumpet teacher. I loved music and I worked very hard at it. It was that hard work that helped lay the foundation for my work as an actor.
It was my senior year in high school when "the acting bug" bit. The school's spring production was "Godspell", and something told me to audition. Senior-itis? Divine inspiration? In any case, I'm sure glad I did! I was cast, and immediately felt right at home. This is what I wanted to do. Six months later, a trumpet major at James Madison University, I was calling my parents to tell them I wanted to change my major - I wanted to be an actor.
After graduating with a degree in music theatre, I went on tour. I toured nationally with The Pajama Game, and internationally with Grease! and FAME!. Next, I came home and worked regionally in the Washington DC area. I got my equity card at The Olney Theatre Center, and I originated the role of Davis in the world premiere of Really Really by Paul Downs Colaizzo at Signature Theater.
I moved to New York, pounded the pavement, and got my big break when I was cast as Flash/Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark on Broadway! Immediately after, I moved over to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, and played Harry in the 2013 TONY Award Winning Musical, Kinky Boots. Spending over three years on Broadway was the experience of a lifetime. It was the most rewarding gig I had ever had, but being that crazy, dramatic, extrovert who loved attention, I felt the urge to get in front of a camera. I shifted my focus to the TV/Film industry.
Since then, I've worked for NETFLIX, CBS, TNT, and Stem Entertainment.
UPDATE: As of June 2017, I'm back in the cast of KINKY BOOTS on Broadway! Come see me!