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What's Up?


What a time! The year prior to the pandemic, I performed in the workshop of Aaron Davidson's new musical, Watercolors, and started performing with The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, Trap Door Theatre, and Akvavit Theatre. Throughout the pandemic, I've continued studying Folio virtually with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and Voiceover with Acting Studio Chicago, and performed in a virtual production with Pegasus.

In September, I launched the largest project I've ever worked on, with the inaugural tour of The Connecting Routes ProjectWe tour the work of Chicago artists across the nation by train, striving to connect American communities through shared storytelling.  

Throughout their 2021 season, I worked at Maples Repertory Theatre in Missouri, playing Rooster in Annie and Benjamin in David Lindsay-Abaire's Ripcord. Coming back to Chicago, I understudied (and went on!) in a new Agatha Christie adaptation of The Secret Council at First Folio!

What's Next?


I'm thrilled to return to the Hundred Acre Wood as Tigger and Eeyore in the FIRST NATIONAL TOUR of Disney's Winnie the Pooh, after making my Off-Broadway debut with the show at Theatre Row and performing in the Chicago run at the Mercury Theatre! Just announced, we'll also be in Los Angeles, playing the Kirk Douglas Theatre for 6 weeks! Learn more at!

"Disney's Winnie the Pooh," Chicago Company 2022
"Go, Dog. Go!" Nashville Children's Theatre
Easy Street, "Annie," Maples Repertory Theatre