I grew up in the New Orleans area, where my first stage experience involved playing a shark in a play my father had written as entertainment for children’s parties at the restaurant/aquarium/nightclub my family owned, appropriately named “Sharkey’s Reef.” At the time, I didn’t realize it was my prelude to a life in the theatre. I later auditioned for my high school’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” encouraged by my love for the movie musical version starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. Sadly, I wasn’t cast in that production, but I got a chance to work behind the scenes, learning how to sculpt foam to build the Audrey II puppet. Watching the process from the wings, I fell in love with theatre and would go on to perform in several shows in high school. It was there I began learning tap dance in productions of 42nd Street and Anything Goes.
I would continue to perform in dance recitals and other productions in New Orleans when I would return each summer from the University of Texas at Austin, where I was getting a degree in Management Information Systems. After graduating, I moved to Houston to work as an IT consultant. After a while, I returned to theater, first in shows at Country Playhouse (now Queensbury Theatre) then branching out into more of the independent small theatres in town.
It was during a local bootstrap production of “The Adding Machine” that Tamarie Cooper and Jason Nodler discovered me. It would be another few years before I would make my Catastrophic debut in Tamarie’s 2012 show, “Tamarie Cooper’s Doomsday Revue.” I was excited to have an outlet, once again, for my tap skills in the role of a tap-dancing cockroach.
I’ve cherished the opportunity to work with some of the most influential minds in Houston theatre at The Catstrophic Theatre and I am glad to call them my friends. Jason and Tamarie have given me wonderful opportunities to play and grow as an actor. I’m incredibly grateful to be a part of the Catastrophic family.