I am a classically trained actor, with the goal of bringing a fresh and modern perspective of Shakespeare to audiences. Shakespeare is a playwright with his fingers on the pulse of humanity, and I believe theatre will enact social change.
My instrument of choice: Shakespeare’s Fool. I’ve learned the most from Shakespeare’s Fool because the fool is able to communicate inflammatory and difficult topics, and often forces us to confront hidden parts of ourselves. The fool is considered to be the village idiot. But it is through that blind spot of not being taken seriously, being viewed as entertainment that the fool slips through and takes hold of the audience. Through the guise of comedy and entertainment, the fool is able to convey troubling social truths. My first fool was Puck, then Tranio, and then Mercutio. Playing these roles challenged me to explore physicality. I learned how to go in depth with a script and unlock the meaning through physicality. Before I even picked up a sword as Mercutio, I scoured the script for hints of his personality, how that would affect his fighting style, the way he moved, and the rules he was willing to break. I studied yoga, stage combat, spent hours in front of a mirror embodying and revising the words through my body; seeing how far I could go and what I could do. I drew on movement from ballet, modern dance, studied how animals moved and behaved, and practiced dramaturgy on the period, author, and language, until there was no stone unturned.Playing Tranio at Queen Mary University of London let me explore the similarities and differences between Shakespeare performance in England versus the US.
My professional debut was at Cal Shakes working on War of the Roses with Eric Ting. I played five characters: Joan De Pucelle, Rutland, Prince Ned, Prince Edward, and a little girl. I got to explore and flex my versatility; going from playing a fiery revolutionary to an eleven-year-old boy. I put in the work and research for each of those five characters that I would put in for a lead. I researched each character’s place in British history, and got to apply all of the techniques I had learned over the years. Cal Shakes was a chance to watch professionals working in their element. For the first time I was out of the classroom and into the fire, and I bathed in that fire; reforged so to speak. I learned that I could be a professional actor and that I truly could pursue this career. I was good at it, I felt fulfilled, and I enjoyed every step of the process.
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Brown
Voice: Mezzo Soprano
Location: Los Angeles, CA
The Great Gatsby Ensemble California Institute of the Arts Tina Kronis
Romeo and Juliet Mercutio Santa Clara University Aldo Billingslea
War of the Roses: California Shakespeare Theater Eric Ting
Henry VI Part I Joan de Pucelle California Shakespeare Theater Eric Ting
Henry VI Part II Rutland California Shakespeare Theater Eric Ting
Henry VI Part III Rutland/Ned California Shakespeare Theater Eric Ting
Richard III Prince Edward California Shakespeare Theater Eric Ting
The Circuit Ensemble Santa Clara University Jeffrey Lo
Tartuffe Elmire Santa Clara University Michael Zampelli
Taming of the Shrew Tranio Queen Mary Univ. of London Joseph Winer
Measure for Measure Isabella Santa Clara University Jeffrey Bracco
Welcome to Claradise Cast Santa Clara University Aldo Billingslea
MFA Acting Student at California Institute of the Arts
Daniel Passer, Heidi Scheller, Mecca Andrews, Damian Lewis, Babette Markus, Carl Hancock Rux, Marissa Chibas, Travis Preston, Lewis Klahr, Janie Geiser.
BA in theatre arts; acting emphasis from Santa Clara University
Acting – Mirjana Jokovic, Daniel Passer, Marissa Chibas, Bart de Lorenzo, Babette Markus, Aldo Billingslea, Kimberly Mohne Hill, Jeffrey Bracco, Barbara Murray, Michael Zampelli,
Voice and Speech- Kalean Ung, Rafael L. Barrantes, Toni Smith, Heidi Scheller, Damian Lewis, Kimberly Mohne Hill, Patrick Leveque, Debra Lambert
Writing- Carl Hancock Rux, Lewis Klahr
Movement- Anthony Nikolchev, Mecca Andrews
Devised theatre- Anna Deavere Smith, Brian Thorstenson
Devised theatre workshop with Anna Deavere Smith
Recent teaching artist for San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's summer program
Atlas program at Theatre Bay Area
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Summer Seminar for High School Juniors
Original member of Youth Council at A Noise Within Theatre, Pasadena, CA
Idyllwild Arts Summer Theatre Festival.
Stage combat British RP dialect Jazz/Tap, Ballet, Modern
Broadsword Voice acting Clowning
Rapier & dagger I fit in a travel sized suitcase Phonetic transcription
Shakespeare expert Playwriting Can pass a little kid or teenager