Bringing the HEAT to theatre via Zoom
Ah, remember The Before Times? When we’d all cram into a little space and laugh and cry and feel together? Well, that ain’t gonna happen again for a good long time. So naturally, the actor must adapt.
I’ve done a few play readings online now and they’re quite fun. Recently, I got to be part of a group that Elayne LeTraunik put together to read Boy Sees Flying Saucer by Mike Czuba (based on a true and original story by Brian Dorscht). Folks who attended said it was “better than Netflix!” And Mike said we did a good job too.
These are tough, disappointing times. Let’s find all the joy and virtual companionship we can, eh? Stay safe out there.
Moving on up for ComEd
Making big plans with North Shore Bank
Thanks as always to my representation at Lori Lins!
Having twins for DuPage Medical Group
My thanks as always to my great representation at Lori Lins!
Painting some stuff for PPG
You’ll be seeing me pop up in the new campaign for PPG Paints. That’s right. I’m a model. A handsome, handsome model. Who paints things.
Thanks as always to my terrific representation at Lori Lins Ltd!
Booze-ing my own adventure at LOL Chicago
I’m performing on an LOL stage once again! My KEG Comedy friends asked me to be a part of Booze Your Own Adventure, a new show in which an audience member’s life is recreated onstage but then various drinking games affect the direction of the story and the fate of our hero.
It’s gloriously stupid fun and it’s a trip improvising at the awesome new LOL Chicago space.
Making improvs in the session
I love to make improvs. I could make improvs all day.
Fortunately, I know the awesome dude that produces that sunday show, a monthly variety showcase at the Second City’s DeMaat Studio Theatre.
Part of this excellent show is the session, an exuberant improv jam of invited guests, and I am honored to get to sit in now and then!
Directing improv’s Queen Bs
I’m one lucky son of a gun because since 2014 I’ve had the joy of directing the Queen Bs ensemble, comprised of Molly Baerson, Ann Field, Alexa Hansen, Robin Jurkowski, and Jane Kasper! These 5 talented ladies met in improv classes at Laugh Out Loud Theater (a couple of them taught by me), formed their new group, hired me as director, and the rest is history. You can spot the Bs performing on stages around Northwest Chicagoland, as well as teaching workshops or entertaining for private events. Read all about ’em in Country Magazine, and check their website for upcoming shows!
Portraying illnesses as a standardized patient
In 2015, I began a new gig as a standardized patient, and I’ve been regularly poked and prodded by med students ever since. A Standardized Patient (SP) is a person carefully recruited and trained to take on the characteristics of a real patient, thereby affording med students an opportunity to learn and to be evaluated on learned skills in a simulated clinical environment. Basically an SP is all about helping future doctors be better at their jobs, so you’re welcome! Currently, I’m changing lives at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Rush University.