1. We read on your resume you were formerly a police officer. What prompted you to pursue a different direction in your career?
I decided to take a hiatus from acting back in 2002, for a number of reasons, and law enforcement seemed interesting to me. My brother is a police officer, so I had some familiarity with the job. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a police officer, and have the utmost respect for the men and women who put those uniforms on every day. I realized fairly quickly, however, that it was not my calling. In 2006, I returned to the acting/directing world, and haven’t looked back. I’m grateful for my time in uniform, for the people I met, and the things I experienced, but I have no question that I’m where I belong, doing what I’m supposed to be doing.
2. What skill or trait from being a police officer have you applied to acting?
The truth is that being a police officer requires a great deal of improvisation, with some incredibly high stakes. There is rarely a script to follow, and you find yourself in vastly different situations daily. I also met a number of incredible characters along the way. I have some really great stories from my cop days, and my theatre friends love hearing them!
3. Of the dialects you’re proficient in, which one is the most fun to speak?
All dialects are fun, though some are more difficult than others. I don’t really have a favorite. I would say the dialects that enable a character to really chew their words are a lot of fun to play around with.
4. What’s the most challenging technique or song you’ve learned to play on the guitar?
I enjoy playing the blues, and spend most of my time trying to get my guitar to sound the way I hear it in my head. I rarely succeed!
5. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?
It’s hard to pinpoint specific projects or actors who stand out as my favorites. I have to say that working with fearless artists is at the top of my list.
6. What character that you’ve portrayed has been the most relatable to you?
I try and find something relatable in all of the characters I play. I may come from a wildly different place than they do, but still have to get into their heads and hearts, and figure out what makes them tick. That’s really the fun of acting. It’s detective work.
7. What form of martial arts do you know?
I’ve studied Okinawan Shorin Ryu karate, Krav Maga, and Koga. I’d like to try either Jujitsu or Thai-boxing next.
8. What is your favorite play?
This is a tough one. I would have to say the play Orphans, by Lyle Kessler, holds a very special place in my heart.
9. What is your favorite musical?
Fun Home knocked my socks off. It was gorgeous, devastating, funny, beautifully directed, and incredibly well-acted.
10. Why should people see Casa Valentina?
Casa Valentina is a wonderful piece of theatre. The play is timely, thought-provoking, genuinely funny, and will tug at your heartstrings. This particular production is beautifully designed and masterfully directed, with some top-notch actors with whom I am most fortunate to share the stage. I’m very, very proud to be a part of this production.