I was born in the wagon of a traveling show...
Well, as much as I feel like I live a gypsy lifestyle, and as much as my dad always thought I was destined to be a carnival barker, I was actually born and raised in Lincoln, NE. The first play I ever directed was at the ripe old age of 5, doing The Wizard of Oz in my backyard. I grew up doing lots of community theatre, helping with everything from sweeping the stage, to running the lightboard, to painting the sets, to popping the popcorn - I wanted to do it all! Not much has changed. Jack of all trades...master of none I guess. Always curious, always learning, always willing to chip in.
I graduated from Marymount Manhattan College and have since been directing and producing in any and all mediums. Some recent projects are Broadway's Caroline, or Change revival (co-producer), off-Broadway's long running A Musical About Star Wars (director), and the decadent new soap opera, Mélange, starring Morgan Fairchild (editor).
During the pandemic I produced and directed several high profile streaming benefits to raise money for various neighborhood institutions in need of some help. Save West Bank Cafe was a 10 hour Christmas Day telethon, followed by Save Birdland, The Musical of Musicals (the York Theatre) and a benefit for The Stonewall Inn to name few. Ultimately, we raised 1.5M and were honored that so many stars collaborated on these projects with us from President Clinton (both of them) to Sting, Whoopi Goldberg, Pete Townshend, Sean Penn nee Ciccone, Patti LuPone, André De Shields, Ana Gastyre, Demi Lovato and so many more.
My favorite things outside of my family, friends, dogs, and work are Madonna, Keith Haring, reading popular fiction, sunbathing, being a Leo, Alice in Wonderland, early MTV, Jem and the Holograms, E.T., and the color red.
photo credit: Phil O'Brien/W42ST