2015 Best Supporting Actor in a Play Nominee: Greg Maraio as Jonathon/Miranda in SpeakEasy Stage Company's "Casa Valentina"

Before we announce our 2015 ArtsImpulse Award Winners, we are proud to present our 2015 ArtsImpulse Nominee Interview Series.

NOTE: If you were nominated for a 2015 ArtsImpulse Theatre Award, and you would like to participate in our 2015 ArtsImpulse Nominee Interview Series, please email us at brian@artsimpulse.com.

Photo Credit:  Becca A. Lewis

Photo Credit: Becca A. Lewis

Greg Maraio was a dazzling presence in a star-studded cast of Casa Valentina at the SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston.  His Jonathon featured remarkable growth and resiliency; Greg took us along for a journey with his Jonathan as we discovered a Miranda within us all. His ability to shine opened our eyes to his strength as a storyteller and performer. 

In his Interview, Greg tells us about the challenges in Casa Valentina, the best traits in a partner and best friend, and one of the roles on his bucket list.

Hi, Greg, and thank you for joining us for the 2015 ArtsImpulse Nominee Interview Series.  Can you start by telling us a bit about yourself?

Hi, Brian, thank you and ArtsImpulse for the nomination. I am a Boston native and I have been working here as an actor, director, and costumer for the past 10 years. My “day job” is my own costume business specializing in reproductions, cosplay, as well as film and television. I currently live in Revere, Massachusetts, with my husband and 3 “fur children.”

Who is Jonathon and what is Casa Valentina?  What is the play about?

Jonathon is young, married school teacher in the early 1960s, who has been secretly cross-dressing in his basement for a few years. One weekend, when his wife is away, he takes a trip to “Casa Valentina” (a retreat for cross-dressers in the Catskills) to let his alter-ego, Miranda, emerge and to be around others like him for the very first time. Needless to say, it is quite a journey for him.

There is humor, there is heartache, there is a fantastic makeover. As for the play as a whole, it’s hard to describe because there are many themes woven throughout by Playwright Harvey Fierstein. But, ultimately, I think it is about finding one’s true self, and all the beauty, pain, joy, and sacrifice that entails, not only for that person, but also for those who love him.

What was the most challenging part about this production?  What was the most fun?  What did you learn about yourself as a performer?  As a person?

I’d definitely say that the most challenging part of this production was embracing everything it takes to be a girl (specifically one in the 1960s). I have a new found respect for actresses who have to come in an hour early to do makeup, hair, etc. Between the heels, girdles, and pantyhose, it took a while to have everything fall into place and feel right, but, when it did, it was an amazing experience.

The cast of SpeakEasy Stage Company's  Casa Valentina  (Photo Credit:   Glenn Perry Photography  ).

The cast of SpeakEasy Stage Company's Casa Valentina (Photo Credit: Glenn Perry Photography).

The most fun was, undoubtedly, working with this amazing cast and crew. It really was an embarrassment of talent, from Director Scott Edmiston [2015 ArtsImpulse Theatre Award Nominee for Best Director of a Musical] to the entire cast. I learned so much from being around them. I mean, when Tommy Derrah [George/Valentina, and 2015 ArtsImpulse Theatre Award Nominee for Best Leading Actor in a Play] is working, you watch. You take notes. It’s a masterclass.

As for what I learned about myself as a performer and a person, I’d say I learned to stop second-guessing myself. So many times I have thought, “Oh that is such a great part, but I’m not right for it,” or “They won’t cast me in that role, I bet they have someone in mind.” This was one of the very first times I put that aside and thought, “Why not just go in to the audition and do the best damn job you can, and let them decide?” I’m so glad that I did.

If you could eat anything for the rest of your life (and not gain a pound!), what would it be and why?

Oh gosh, here is the million-dollar question. Well, I was raised in a big Italian family, and pasta was served at almost every meal, so it’s definitely comfort food. For me, it can be dangerous, so it’s a slippery slope. That being said, it would be a very close call between pasta and cheese. But I’m going to go with pasta. Also, we call the red sauce that goes on pasta “gravy,” not sauce, in my hometown of East Boston.

What do you think the best qualities are in a life partner?  In a best friend?

Humor is very important to me. I love laughter. If I am going to spend the rest of my life with anyone (life partner or friend), then I hope to still be cracking each other up when we are 90 years old. Communication, supporting one another is key. Lifting one another up.

You hear so much about “theatre widows”- husbands and wives who rarely see their loved one or spouse because of rehearsal and performance schedules. It’s important to support each other and find ways to spend time together especially during a production.

Bucket list! What are some roles on your bucket list?  Life experiences?

For me, Doubt by John Patrick Shanley is a perfect play. It’s one of my absolute favorites. I would love to play Father Flynn. Every character in that play is so brilliantly written, I hope it happens before I die.   I think there is still time (fingers crossed).

I’d love to be in a musical one day, so maybe one day I’ll take some voice lessons. I think I’m tone deaf, but I would love to maybe try to see if someone can work a miracle. Maybe that can be the plot of the musical.

If you were to dress up as a woman like Jonathon, what is one piece of clothing that you enjoy the most?  What would you enjoy the least?

Charlotte (Will McGarrahan*) shows Miranda (Greg Maraio) the evolution towards finding her self in SpeakEasy Stage Company's  Casa Valentina  (Photo Credit:   Glenn Perry Photography  ) (* Denotes a Member of Actors' Equity Association).

Charlotte (Will McGarrahan*) shows Miranda (Greg Maraio) the evolution towards finding her self in SpeakEasy Stage Company's Casa Valentina (Photo Credit: Glenn Perry Photography) (* Denotes a Member of Actors' Equity Association).

Well, based on my wardrobe as Miranda (Costume Designer Gail Buckley handmade my dress from scratch), I would say I enjoyed my pink brocade dress the most. It really became an extension of the character and I would just twirl around every time that I put it on.

My wig was a bit tough, since it went through quite a journey itself during the show.  It constantly needed to be styled and restyled, so sometimes renegade hairs would get caught in my mouth; one night I think I swallowed a few strands onstage. So, that wasn’t fun.

What is the scariest or weirdest thing that you have had to do onstage?

Well, that would be a tie between when I had to dance around in a metallic singlet with a giant bedazzled star on my crotch as the “Gogo doctor” in John KuntzNecessary Monsters (also at SpeakEasy Stage Company), and my first professional show, which was Flesh and Blood with Zeitgeist Stage Company. In Flesh and Blood, there was a scene in which the matriarch is trying to call her 3 children, and all three of them are having sexual relations of some kind, so there was 3 sex acts happening simultaneously on stage. It wasn’t handled vulgarly at all, but still definitely one of the craziest things I have been a part of theatrically.

I know that you design superhero outfits and costumes.  Do you have a favorite superhero?  A favorite super power?  If you could create your own, what super power would you have, and who would be your sidekick?  Most importantly of all, would you have a cape?

I love Wonder Woman. She’s probably at the top of the list. I just love the whole truth, beauty, and love thing.

I’d love to fly, but the ability to heal myself or others would be the one power I would want to have more than anything. Imagine that. Cancer, gone. Alzheimer’s, gone.

My sidekick(s) would be my three dogs - Sophia, Emma, and Casper. They would all have individual costumes too because they are all very different personality-wise.

As for a cape, I am going to go with yes. They hide a few sins and I think it just looks more dramatic, especially on a windy night of crime-fighting.

Do you have any upcoming projects?

Yes, I will be participating in “The Boston Project” with SpeakEasy Stage Company in February 2016. It’s a new play program where two local writers pen plays set here in town. It's culminating in a 2-week workshop period and staged-reading.

I’ll also be performing in a new play called Ward Nine by Bill Doncaster. Then, it’s just gearing up for that magical time of year—audition season.

Do you have anything else to share with our ArtsImpulse readers?

I love Boston. I love theatre. I am so blessed to be able to do what I love in the city that I love. I’m so touched by this nomination. Casa Valentina was an absolute dream-come-true, in every way imaginable. I love Jonathon/Miranda with all my heart, and this is just gravy on the pasta.

Rita (Kerry Dowling*) and Jonathon (Greg Maraio) celebrate a wonderful weekend at SpeakEasy Stage Company's  Casa Valentina  (Photo Credit:   Glenn Perry Photography  ) (* Denotes a Member of Actors' Equity Association)

Rita (Kerry Dowling*) and Jonathon (Greg Maraio) celebrate a wonderful weekend at SpeakEasy Stage Company's Casa Valentina (Photo Credit: Glenn Perry Photography) (* Denotes a Member of Actors' Equity Association)

2014 Best Supporting Actress in a Musical or Opera Nominee Interview: Crystin Gilmore as Shug Avery in SpeakEasy Stage Company's "The Color Purple"

Photo by Stephanie Naru

Photo by Stephanie Naru

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 ArtsImpulse Theatre Awards, we are proud to present our Nominee Interviews. 

NOTE: If you or your production was nominated for a 2014 ArtsImpulse Theatre Award, and you would like to participate in a Nominee Interview, please email us here.

Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Crystin Gilmore. I was born and raised in Tennessee. I'm the daughter of a preacher and an educator & I'm an actress who's not afraid to bare my soul. 

What is your performing history? 

My performance history is based mostly from Theatre. I have a love for straight plays but when I get an opportunity to sing my heart out in Musicals that touch me, I get on so excited!

What is your connection with The Color Purple?  Had you read the book or seen the movie?  How did this impact your performance?

I have loved The Color Purple since my childhood. I could quote lines from the film from the age of twelve. I have read the book as well and I just fell in love with the story. All of the women had different challenges to overcome. Self love and acceptance was the theme that stood out most for me. In a world of social media and photo enhancement in magazines,  I can truly relate to that struggle of loving yourself flaws and all.

Who was Shug Avery?  Did you identify with her at all?  How did you hope to portray her? 

Shug Avery is my hero. She was truthful and bitterly honest. I can sum up Shug as beautiful pain. I relate so much to Shug, it's scary.  We are both preachers children, performers, from the south, and fearfully fearless. Shug is just an all or nothing woman and I respect that about her because I'm that way myself. I hope I portrayed Shug with honesty. She is flawed, raw and love able. That was my goal, to humanize her and make her relatable. 

Last season hosted a feast of plays and musicals about the journeys and struggles for African Americans (Fences, The Color Purple, Guess Who is Coming to Dinner, etc.).  Do you think that these productions and stories are still important?  Why or why not?  What would you like to see done?

Absolutely, we as people are more alike than we will ever be different. Those productions showed that we all feel. The only difference is the race of the characters, the stories and emotion remain universal. We all have family issues, we all have internal struggles that manifest into our adulthood, we all have differences that we soon realize make us more similar than separate. 

I would like to see more productions that combine people as we are in life. We are all living, doing the best we can. We are a melting pot of nationalities and relationships. I would like those similarities to be portrayed on stage because that's what our yearbooks, photo albums, friendships and families really look like. The central connection of all of our stories is love or  the lack there of.

What is your biggest challenge as a performer?  As a person?

My biggest challenge as a performer is having the opportunity to become a character that reaches, teaches, and/or evokes change in the audience. That's why I do this. The accolades are great but if the audience doesn't get the message then I have failed at my job. It's important to me to be a vessel for someone's story but I want to make sure the story is worth telling. 

My biggest challenge as a person is balancing it all. As an actress, wife, sister, Godmother and lover of people, I have to make sure I feed my soul. I have to take what I do seriously and not so seriously. I have to sacrifice my time with my husband to give to an audience the gift of a laugh,  an "awe hah" moment or a tearful release. That's important to me. I have to make sure I give myself a break from New York and the hustle and bustle. I have to make sure I set my own standards of success and ride the roller coaster of this business to the best of my ability. I write my own rules and determine my happiness. This is my challenge and I'm at my happiest when I live in my truth.

What are your favorite kinds of plays and musicals to see?  To perform?

I love to laugh! I love to be challenged to think differently. I love to see productions that make me question myself or what I've been taught. I love to perform in shows with meat and potatoes. I'm picky about what shows I audition for. The show has to speak to me and the role has to challenge me.

What is the last book that you read?  What is on your “To Read” list?

The last book I read was A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson. My must read list consist of all things Walter Mosley. 

How do you warm-up as a performer?  Do you have a favorite exercise? 

I meditate. I exercise. I do vocal warm ups and I pray before every performance. I always get butterflies and I would be concerned if I didn't. I would feel as though I'm too comfortable and not present in the moment. 

My favorite exercise is lying down in the dead man's pose. It makes me feel available to receive all that's for me.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?  More importantly, would you have a cape? 

My superpower would be to be invisible. Sometimes on the NYC trains I want to disappear! 

If you could give one piece of advice to a young college or high school graduate interested in the performing arts, what would it be? 

Find a way to release the passion that's within you. Be 100% sure that it's what you want. Make sure it's worth the sacrifice that comes along with it. And don't have a plan B. It has to be your all or nothing if you want it to be your life long career. 

Do you have any upcoming projects or productions? 

Yes, I will be performing in Beehive: The 60's Musical this summer at Greenbrier Valley Theatre in West Virginia & The Seat of Justice with Charleston Stage Company in Charleston, SC February - March.

Do you have anything else to share with our ArtsImpulse readers? 

I'm so grateful to have had an opportunity to perform for you. Boston's Theatre community has been very warm and receiving to me. Thank you for allowing me into your hearts.

2014 Best Leading Actress in a Musical or Opera Nominee Interview: Jennifer Ellis as Cathy Whitaker in SpeakEasy Stage Company's "Far From Heaven"

Photo by Joyce Cameron Photography

Photo by Joyce Cameron Photography

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 ArtsImpulse Theatre Awards, we are proud to present our Nominee Interviews. 

NOTE: If you or your production was nominated for a 2014 ArtsImpulse Theatre Award, and you would like to participate in a Nominee Interview, please email us here.

If you have seen Jennifer Ellis perform, you know that she is transcendent in the beauty and humanity that she brings to each of her roles. Her ability to emote through song and seamlessly shift to dialogue make her one of Boston's jewels that it must guard closely and loyally, lest we lose her to more attractive offers in other cities. Her Cathy Whitaker was as much fragile as resilient, and her beautiful balance of these two extremes made her performance even more tangible and real. In her Interview, Jen talks about her 2014 productions, a time that she replaced a leading actress in a musical with only 12 hours of notice, and her many loves off of the stage.

Jen, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to interview with us.  Can you tell our readers a bit about you and your performing history?

Sure!  I grew up on the South Shore and started performing in musicals in high school.  (My first role was Minnie in Annie Get Your Gun.  My solo was “There’s No Business Like Show Business” . . . prophetic!)  I soon moved on to community theater and college productions and then booked my first professional roles at Peterborough Players in New Hampshire (including The title role in Snow White and Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard)  After college I toured the eastern U.S. with A Christmas Carol before coming back to Boston. 

Why did you start performing?  How did you know that you wanted to be a performer?  When did you switch from making it a hobby or interest to making it a career choice?

I started singing and dancing when I was old enough to talk and walk!  Somewhere there is a videotape of my uncle asking 4-year-old me to sing “The First Noel” at a party.  Several minutes later the camera pans by me again… still enthusiastically singing verse 15 or 27 or something.  At 5 I began singing in the church choir and did so for the next 10 years.

I never consciously chose acting as a career I just knew it was something that I loved to do.

Tell us about your theatre credits in 2014.  Which was your favorite?  How were they similar?  How were they different?

My roles in 2014 were pretty varied.

I started out the year revisiting my role as Barbara DeMarco in Shear Madness and then moved on to Queen Margaret in Henry VI.  Two murderesses there . . . (allegedly).  In the spring, I wafted around in a melancholic state as Lilly in The Secret Garden.  I fell in love with the music of Jacques Brel - which is a bit of an emotional roller coaster.   

Then I went on to do the regional premiere of Far From Heaven.

Although they were all very different characters they’re similar in that they’re all strong women.  Even Lilly sticks around for ages after dying to make sure her family finds their way before she moves on. 

Photo by Craig Bailey / Perspective Photo

Photo by Craig Bailey / Perspective Photo

What was special about Far From Heaven and the role of Cathy Whitaker?  Did you do any research into the musical or film?  If you could describe her in a word, what would it be?

I watched the film once a few weeks before rehearsals began. I loved it, but I didn’t want to be overly influenced by Julianne Moore’s (magnificent) performance.  Scott Edmiston (our director) suggested we watch All That Heaven Allows, the film that inspired much of Todd Haynes’ vision for Far From Heaven.  I really enjoyed that film and other melodramas of the period.

I think it’s tempting to look back at mid-20th century America and believe that it was as idyllic as it seemed at face value.  I obviously wasn’t born then, but it seems that it wasn’t the most wonderful time to be living in certain parts of this country if you were a woman, a gay person, or an African American. 

Cathy is special because she’s a 3-dimensional woman living in what appears to be a shiny, plastic world.  When we first meet her she seems as if she’s just another Stepford-esque woman out of a fashion magazine.  As the constructs of her world crumble around her and she is confronted with the ugliness of real life we see the veneer of her perfect exterior blister and crumble to reveal a real, vulnerable human being.  

I think one word that describes Cathy is “resilient.”

What is one thing that you love to do that is away from the stage?

One thing?  I can’t pick just one! 

I love animals and volunteer at a farm animal sanctuary whenever possible.  Hanging around with animals recharges my battery.  I love gardening for a similar reason. 

I also love to travel.  I was lucky enough to get to Australia, Fiji and New Zealand recently – all of which were incredible.  The animals in Australia were significantly less cuddly than here at home!

What is the scariest thing that you’ve ever done onstage?  What is the funniest?

I played Sister Mary in Christopher Durang’s Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You.  For at least the first 10 minutes of the play, I was alone on stage speaking directly to the audience.  The demographic in this particular town was predominantly Catholic, and I wasn’t sure how the material would land.  Opening night was very nerve-wracking, but it all went over really well!

I also stepped into Urinetown as a replacement with only 12 hours notice.  I wasn’t in the musical (it was at my college and I had since graduated) but I had done the show 4 years earlier and they asked if I could step in for their Hope Cladwell who was ill.  When I’m finished with a show I forget the lines and lyrics pretty quickly, so stepping in with no rehearsal was tricky.  Luckily it all came flooding back.  That experience turned out to be an adrenaline rush . . . so I guess it was more fun than scary!  

What are some roles that you would love to play?  Any roles that you think that you’d never play, but would want to anyway?

I’ve been lucky enough to cross a few dream roles off of my list, but I still haven’t played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady or Lady Macbeth in Macbeth.  Light years away from each other, obviously, but I’d love to tackle them both.

What do you think makes a good performer?  What makes for a memorable performance?

I think specificity and honesty on stage help to make a performance memorable.  I think people are moved by what they can relate to in a performance . . . even if they don’t always recognize exactly why they are moved.

What would you like to see more of in the Greater Boston theatre community

Actors!  It’s great to see so many new faces in the community.  There’s so much talent here! 

Do you have any upcoming projects or productions?

In just a few weeks, I’ll be up at Gloucester Stage for Out of Sterno with Paula Plum and Richard Snee.  Those two are hilarious - I think we’ll have so much fun!

2014 Best Leading Actor in a Play Nominee Interview: Victor Shopov as Liam in SpeakEasy Stage Company's "Bad Jews"

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 ArtsImpulse Theatre Awards, we are proud to present our Nominee Interviews. 

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Victor Shopov had quite the 2014, featured in four award-worthy productions throughout the year, earning multiple nominations and awards for his acting. His Liam in Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews at SpeakEasy Stage Company blended some of Victor's most impressive talents: his versatility, his ability to make seemingly unlikeable guys to be the heroes of their own story, and steady transitions from comedy to drama with the flip of a switch. In his Interview, Victor discusses Liam and his own connection to religion, his acting fears, and his upcoming projects (including The Submission now running through May 30). 

Photo by Joel Benjamin

Photo by Joel Benjamin

Victor, it’s a pleasure to interview you again.  Can you introduce yourself to our new ArtsImpulse readers?  Who are you, what do you do, and what’s new?

Hello, AI readers! I’m Victor. By day, I work in health care, and by night, I act in and around Boston. I’ve been trolling around the Boston theater scene for about seven years now and I am still enjoying (almost) every second of it.

What roles did you play in 2014?  Tell us about the productions.  What was your favorite production? 

I had a somewhat hectic 2014, but a rewarding one. I started out playing Bernard in Death of a Salesman (Lyric Stage Company), then took a little breather until I unexpectedly had to jump into Translations (Bad Habit Productions) following an actor injury. I was also rehearsing Bent (Zeitgeist Stage Company) at the same time, then immediately jumped into Bad Jews (SpeakEasy Stage). So, it was a little bit of a mad dash, but it all worked out, and I had a ton of fun. I enjoyed all of the productions in different ways, but I think I had the most fun with Bad Jews. I mean, going on an eight-minute rant while jumping on a bed and screaming expletives is not something I get to do onstage very often. (Offstage is a different story).

Who was Liam, and what was his story in Bad Jews?  How did audiences react to this character?  To this show?

Liam is the eldest brother in a family that has just lost its patriarch—Liam’s grandfather. Liam feels entitled to a precious family heirloom and engages in a pretty vicious battle with his equally intelligent and obnoxious cousin, who also lays claim to the item in question. What follows is a pretty hilarious and jarring examination of what it means to be true to one’s faith and how family dynamics can break down over the most petty of squabbles.

I think audiences were equally enamored with and repulsed by Liam. Yes, he is a somewhat abrasive (very abrasive) character, but he has a certain charm. Also, I think we all know someone kind of like Liam in our own lives, and people seemed to relate to that. Plus, it is always amusing to watch a grown man throw a childish tantrum of volcanic proportions. 

Are you religious?  How would you define your religious views?  Did you do any research for playing Liam?

Not at all [religious]. I’ve identified as atheist since I was very young. My family never forced religion on me—they let me come to my own conclusions on my own time without trying to persuade or dissuade me from any particular point of view. At present, I simply don’t believe in a sentient, omniscient being that takes a keen interest in the moment-to-moment activities of our lives, let alone our adherence to archaic “rules” that are so grossly outdated that people should feel silly still following them. That said, I do feel a sense of wonder when I think about the enormity of the universe and how tiny we really are in the grand scheme of things, and more to the point, just how much is out there that we don’t know and understand. So, I prefer to keep an entirely open mind about things and not lock myself into a narrow belief system that disregards every other possible explanation or experience.

In terms of research, I did a bit of digging into what Liam’s background, culture, and childhood probably involved. He himself is not very close to his faith, so I didn’t have to focus too much on that, but I did try to examine how that distance might have influenced his actions in the show. I spoke to some different folks about modern day Jewish culture—especially in the younger generation—and how Liam seemed to be very representative of a somewhat more distant approach to faith; a more casual or liberal acceptance of certain cultural aspects, or a simple disregard for them.

What was your favorite show that you saw in 2014?  Why?

I absolutely loved the Lyric’s Into the Woods. It was the first time I have ever seen the show onstage, and I adored every aspect of it.

What scares you most about performing?  What excites you?  What energizes you?

I can’t say that I get scared anymore, honestly. I’ve had to learn roles in three days and then jump onstage. I’ve had fellow actors just start making stuff up while working opposite me. I’ve had sound loud (that shouldn’t have been there) play through entire scenes while catching a designer sprint to the booth to fix it. I’ve had audience members have very loud conversations in the middle of a show, take phone calls, and faint/fall off the top riser of a black box. So, there is not much that can really shock me at this point, I think.

Also, all that stuff I just described? That’s what excites an energizes me—the possibility that absolutely anything can and will happen in the middle of a show, and that I have to be ready to manage it either way.

What is one of your goals for 2015?

I finally, at long last, finish one of the half-dozen scripts I’ve been writing for the last several years. I have a terrible habit of starting projects and not finishing them, and I would like to break that habit.

Do you have any secret skills?  Have you ever been asked to perform any of your skills during an audition?

I can aggressively raise a single eyebrow (but only one—I’m not yet ambidextrous) and I can play a mean ukulele, I don’t know that I’ve ever been asked to do anything unusual in an audition. Maybe to behave like my favorite wild animal, but I really hate that stuff, so I probably didn’t do it very well.

How would you like to see the Greater Boston theatre change in 2015-2016? 

The loss of the Factory Theatre was a huge blow for the small/fringe theater scene in Boston. What is encouraging, though, is the response that was generated as a result, and I would like to see that enthusiasm continue over the next year. People have already gotten very creative in finding new spaces to work in and explore, and while I think that is terrific, I would like to see a bit more dedication from the powers that be to supporting the small/fringe scene—especially emerging companies—so that they can continue producing new work and providing opportunities to up and coming and veteran actors alike.

Do you have any upcoming projects or productions?

I do! I am actually in the throws of rehearsal for The Submission (Zeitgeist Stage Company) that runs from May 8-30th. After that, I’ll be working with Wax Wings productions on the premier of Eyes Shut.Door Open by Cassie Seinuk, then heading back to Zeitgeist in the fall for Boys in the Band.

Do you have anything else to share with our ArtsImpulse readers?

I think I’ve droned on long enough. All I’ll say is a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who continues to support the local theater scene—we couldn’t do it without you.