How did you get into acting - what was your first gig?
I started on my acting path when I was in 3rd grade. I began by acting in musicals at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. My first play ever was Annie! Although I loved doing the musicals, I didn’t start taking my acting career seriously until freshman year when I joined the theatre class at my high school, Tam High. In this program, I met the most incredibly supportive theatre friends and realized the passion I had for being on stage, specifically as a comedian. I did many comedic roles at my high school then on through college and went to various summer programs but didn’t start doing dramatic roles until very recently. This role at Magic Theatre is my first professional “gig” outside of theatre in my schools and childhood musicals. It is also only my third time doing a dramatic show!
What’s the performance you’re proudest of in your career so far?
The performance I am most proud of was in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard during my junior year of high school. I actually was the stage manager for that show and then a week before the first performance, the actor for Trofimov quit! We couldn’t find another actor to take on the role so I stepped in, memorized the lines and hopped on stage a week later. It wasn’t my “best” performance per-se but it was a huge challenge that I was very proud that I handled.
Do you have any funny or exciting stories from previous productions?
Last year I was in Gogol’s The Government Inspector playing the role of Hlestakhov and I accidentally shattered glass on stage! There was a scene where everyone takes a shot and then fake slams their cup on the table but I forgot to fake it and I slammed the glass down and shattered all over the stage. The show went on but the stage manger had to franticly sweep all of it up during intermission. Another funny story about that same production was that I was hardly mentioned in the Marin IJ review which my grandma found RIDICULOUS. So she wrote a furious email to the author of the review pretending to be just a regular theatre patron who was blown away by the performance of the young man in the role of Hlestakhov and found it shocking that this young man wasn’t mentioned in his review. I was completely embarrassed… but also touched… but mostly embarrassed.