I grew up in a small village in Southern Illinois called Vergennes. Population: 300. I started singing solos when I was four years old during my time at private school. My love for theatre began when I was 10 and saw a production of Cats near my home town. I had never seen anything like it. The craft intrigued me and ignited a flame within me. I knew I had to get up on that stage. My parents saw my interest and decided to move our family to a town with a fine arts program.
I moved to Carterville, Illinois at the beginning of eighth grade. From age 12, I was a part of nearly 40 productions between school, community, college and professional summer stock shows. Some of my favorite roles I have portrayed include the “Cowardly Lion” in The Wizard of Oz, “Shrek” in Shrek: The Musical, “Buck” in Bonnie and Clyde and “Quasimodo” in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
My Mission: Inspire people to find their calling and make a difference with their passion. I will never forget freezing while giving a standing ovation during a Broadway show. I looked out into the audience around me. I saw people cheering, crying and laughing because of the art they had seen. I burst into tears thinking about how people’s lives are changed by this craft. I realized that this is what I’m meant to do and I hope to encourage others to be the truest and happiest version of themselves.