I started acting in high school when Mrs. Livingston, a profoundly gifted educator, cast me as a village member in my high school’s production of Inherent the Wind. At the time I was not a strong student. I was floundering academically, and desperately seeking a sense of belonging. Though I auditioned, I actually didn’t show up for a rehearsal until the day before tech. The principal had to call me into her office, because apparently I was supposed to be rehearsing for the last month and no one could find me. In tears I slumped down to the theater room to apologized to Mrs. Livingston. For a reason beyond me, Mrs. Livingston refused to let me blow the play off and I joined the cast, albeit extremely lost having only had one real rehearsal. However that gesture of kindness would profoundly change my life. Mrs. Livingston become my mentor and advocate, introducing to craft of theater and capturing my imagination. Me, a C student, would then go on to study theater and theater design at Elon University before later moving back to Washington D.C. to work as a teaching artist following Mrs. Livingston’s footsteps. After three wonderful years working in the D.C. community I would apply and be accepted into the Yale School of Drama for my M.F.A. After grad school I would relocated to New York City and have been dreaming here ever since.
"The artist's role is to raise the consciousness of the people, make them understand life, the world and themselves. Otherwise I don't know why you do it."
- Amiri Baraka
Recently, I was seen in the Lab production of This Land Was Made with the Vineyard Theater. Other New York credits include: Mud (Boundless Theater Company); and Alligator (New Georges). Selected Regional Credits include Father Comes Home From The Wars Part 1, 2, 3 (co-production with Yale Rep and A.C.T); The Square Root of Three Sisters (Dmitry Krymov Lab); 9 Circles (Forum Theatre, Helen Hayes nomination); Locomotion (The John F. Kennedy Center); and The Hampton Years (Theater J). Television credits include Elementary, Madam Secretary, and High School Lover (with James Franco). I am a former member of Developing Artist Theater Company, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and former artistic director of the Yale Cabaret.
Sally Ann Livingston would pass in 2016 leaving behind a legacy that has touched hundreds of students like me. Honestly, I don’t know where I would be without her act kindness. Because of that I dedicate much of my success to her.