I like to people watch. Since I was a baby, I would bounce my head back and forth, tennis-match style, between my parents, my siblings, my friends. Observing, interpreting, learning, cataloging. Then I found theater, where the artifice of the stage allowed me to literally and figuratively disrobe, shake off the armor of adolescence, and step into the life of a stranger, and make that stranger my friend, my lover, my self. Attending The American Academy of Dramatic Arts further honed my body and voice to allow my personal instrument to be a vessel of creative and expressive storytelling, allowing others to connect to the reality within. Shortly thereafter, I engaged in my self-stylized “Human Condition” studies at Hofstra University, where I further pursued theater arts, coupled with philosophy and anthropology. Here I reveled in the power and importance of the director, the thinker, the ethnographer, the listener, and the educator. Where some believe, “Those that can’t do, teach,” I believe “Those that want a deeper understanding, teach.” And so I did. For seven years I taught theater, math, writing, and the history of ancient civilizations to young minds in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. I learned, I grew, I expanded, and most importantly, I knew at the end of seven years that I was ready to step back on stage to create and tell stories through all the knowledge and skills I had acquired on my journey. I began by co-founding In Vino Productions, and delving into the complex role as the young, naïve, and ambitious Bobby in esteemed playwright Israel Horovitz’s Rats. After a successful run and inclusion in The Barefoot Theatre’s Horovitz 70/70 Festival, I began producing, directing, and acting in original one-act plays through In Vino. Casting auditions, directing fellow actors, and producing fully mounted shows gave me incredible insight and perspective into the myriad moving parts that encompass creative storytelling. Throughout those experiences, I wrote. What I saw, what I felt, what burned within. My secret reflections, judgments, opinions, and musings, initially monologues, have become a cohesive whole, performed as The Man-Boy Monologues. Throughout the years of my formal education and employment experiences, worldwide travel played an integral part in further cultivating and exciting my passion for the human spirit. Whether hiking in the mountains of Mexico, antique hunting in southern France and Belgium, touring the Tuscan countryside, teaching the untouchables of tsunami-ravaged southern India, or driving coast-to-coast through America's heartland, meeting the peoples of the world has stimulated and enhanced my awareness and compassion, and strengthened my resolve to live a life of authenticity and purpose. During the time that followed, I explored many facets of performance artistry, stretching my acting muscles on stage and on camera in numerous commercials, films, and television programs. I've hosted fashion shows, fundraisers, and corporate events, warmed up audiences across the country, and continued to enrich the young minds of tomorrow as a teaching artist, meeting wonderful souls along the way. And while I no longer bounce my head back and forth, I do still love to watch people, observe behavior with an open mind, listen to stories with an open heart, and bring those lives into the characters I create and the stories I tell as an artist, with honesty and compassion and empathy. So here I am: Actor, Writer, Warm-Up, Improviser, Director, Producer, Storyteller, Educator, Adventurer, People Watcher. Are you ready? I am.