Born: Newtown, Pennsylvania
Raised: Cincinnati, Ohio
Special skills: I can lick my elbow.
Something you’re REALLY bad at: Cooking rice. Really bad is a compliment.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor? My high school theatre director, Stephen Skiles, was big on doing really minimal sets and challenging pieces, while maintaining pretty high production quality for a high school. He really fueled my love for reinventions/adaptations of shows. He also exposed me to acting Shakespeare for the first time. I will always thank him for that.
Current local show you have been recommending to friends: Anything The Hypocrites are doing at the time. SERIOUSLY. PLEASE GO SEE THEM.
Favorite Chicago neighborhood: It’s not really a neighborhood, but the Museum Campus and Northerly Island is my favorite place in the city.
Favorite show tunes of all time: “The Old Red Hills of Home,” “I’m Alive,” … Really anything I can belt.
Favorite musical: It fluctuates between Parade, Company, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Favorite play: Our Town
Your personal acting idols: Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Wiig, Neil Patrick Harris, and anyone that plays villains.
MAC or PC? PC!
Most played song on your iPod: “Valerie” a la Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson
Must-see TV show(s): Bob’s Burgers, Parks and Recreation, Battlestar Galactica
Last good movie you saw: A documentary on Netflix called Dear, Zachary, filmed by a guy trying to preserve the memory of his murdered friend. It’s definitely sad, and fairly unnerving at times, but very much worth a watch.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Ingrid Michaelson
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Do adorable internet animal pictures count?
Three favorite cities: Chicago; Columbia, SC; Cleveland
First stage kiss: Cabaret. It was also my actual first kiss.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: After destroying my sanity trying to comprehend Developmental Biology my junior year of college.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I have a preshow playlist that I warm-up to on shuffle and I add one new song for every show that I do. It ranges from Florence + the Machine to “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas.
Most challenging role you have played onstage: Jean in Miss Julie. I am not even remotely that character. At all. But I had an amazing director who not let me slack off and pushed me really hard.
Leading man role you’ve been dying to play: The Balladeer in Assassins and Elder Price from The Book of Mormon.
Leading lady role you wish you could play: My only real dream was Juliet, and I got to cross that off my list earlier this Spring!
Three things you can’t live without: Music. Bread. My friends. In that order? I don’t know. Cheese is a close fourth.
“I’ll never understand why…”: I can either easily open a banana on the first try, or spend another minute and a half digging smooshed banana out of my finger nails, desperately clawing at the fruit from the side. ALL I ASK FOR IS CONSISTENCY, BANANA!
See Andrew in The Brown Paper Box Co.’s production of GODSPELL September 20 – October 7, 2012 at Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. For tickets and additional information, visit brownpaperbox.org.
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