I was adopted at birth in San Francisco, CA, and spent pockets of time during my childhood in the Midwest (Iowa and Wisconsin) as well as in the Bay Area, before landing in California's Central Valley for junior high, high school, and one academic year at CA State University, Sacramento. I quickly realized, however, that I needed training in the theatre arts, not just an education (BFA vs BA). So I crashed some auditions in San Francisco, found myself at Carnegie Mellon University in the Fall of 1985, got myself that BFA., moved straight to Seattle and have been here ever since. I am a proud 20-plus-year member of Actors Equity Association, am affiliated with SAG/AFTRA as well, and have made my living solely as an actor for nearly 20 years. Up until the pandemic, I worked regularly at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Portland Center Stage, along with several other large and many smaller houses here in town. In the local awards circuit, I have once received and been four times nominated for the Puget Sound Gregory Award for Outstanding Performance, and twice been nominated for the STRANGER "Genius" Award. My voice work includes a lot of shouting in irredeemably violent video games, and over 20 unabridged audiobook titles for West Seattle's own Cedar House Audio. My most significant onscreen credit is having played Edie Falco's boorish husband in the late great Lynn Shelton's feature OUTSIDE IN. (Ms. Shelton tragically passed away--she was nine days older than I--while I was making TO FONDLE NOTHING in May 2020; the film is dedicated to her memory.) I also enjoyed a brief onscreen romp with Elizabeth Röhm in Garrett Bennett's picture CRIMES OF THE PAST.
My poetry has been published in the US, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Nigeria. Recent publications include Ocotillo Review, Sylvia Magazine, Sage Cigarettes, Volney Road Review, Heirlock Magazine, Automatic Pilot, and Poetica Publishing’s latest Mizmor Anthology; work is forthcoming in Welter and The Hollins Critic. Other writing projects/experience include a play, The River’s Invitation, most recently featured at Seattle’s Theatre Off Jackson as part of its inaugural Solo Performance Festival, “SPF 1: No Protection!” in March 2007.
I composed and performed all of the harmonica music you'll hear in TO FONDLE NOTHING. I was a gigging blues musician in the mid 90s and early Aughts, and still find time and opportunities to mix it up, sitting in with bands or on recording sessions.