Rango and I learning lines.

Rango and I learning lines.

From OCEAN CITY, NJ to PHILADELPHIA, PA to BROOKLYN, NY. 


Born in a bubble of a community in Ocean City, NJ, I've been acting and singing since 7th grade. All those girls applauding me and ignoring my pimply, adolescent skin for the first time as I sang "Shipoopi" in The Music Man on my middle school stage sealed the deal for me. And Soccer was getting old. After graduating high-school in 2010, I left the bubble and moved to Philadelphia, PA to study at The University of the Arts as a musical theater major. My freshman year was not only one of the best years of my life, but one of the greatest learning experiences I've had thus far in my mere 24 years of living. I rarely attended class and was nearly thrown out. 

Me, freshman year at UArts, dressed as Icon, Ron Burgundy, red solo cup in hand, a singular hoop earring in my left ear, with my arm around a girl dressed as fairy. Her name was actually Pixie. Perhaps the only fact I remember from that night. It's a miracle I made it through the year. 

Me, freshman year at UArts, dressed as Icon, Ron Burgundy, red solo cup in hand, a singular hoop earring in my left ear, with my arm around a girl dressed as fairy. Her name was actually Pixie. Perhaps the only fact I remember from that night. It's a miracle I made it through the year. 

To everyone's surprise, I returned sophomore year. Growing up slightly, I realized I should bunker down and actually work at the education I'd end up paying for for the next decade or so. Student debt is fun. As the year progressed, my grades were solid and the extra work load I took on caught me up with the rest of my class. Something still was not right. I had to face it; this wonderful University was not for me. My heart and my life still dedicated to acting, I researched potential schools and conservatories to transfer to. A friend of mine recommended The William Esper Acting Studio in New York City. She, like me, had studied at UArts, and had felt the need for a change. She was (and is) a tremendous actress, so I figured I'd at least check it out. I interviewed in the Spring of 2012, and would go on to graduate from the two year conservatory in the Spring of 2014. Under the tutelage of Bill Esper, Bruce McCarty, Nancy Meyans, and Ted Morin, I learned the meaning of truth, craft and character. I currently still live in NYC, and plan to do so for some time. If you see a strawberry blonde man-child with his pants rolled up too high, a mustache and a white tee shirt, and wonder, "Who does this hipster, millennial, walking cliche, wannabe artist think he is?"; the answer is many things, but first and foremost an artist searching for himself by being other people on a stage or in front of a camera.  

-Lee