“I have been performing on stage since the ripe old age of six. By the time I was 16, I had had more than my share of frustrating experiences as an actor with directors who made everyone’s lives miserable ‘for the sake of the play’…Fed up, I decided to see if it were possible to direct a great production without it being fraught with turmoil and drama (both of which I prefer on the stage, not behind it)…Guess what? It is.
Throughout high school and college I studied and directed (The Elephant Man, Feiffer’s People, The Actor’s Nightmare, to name a few) and honed my skills. While I was studying at BADA in London, I worked alongside Maria Aitken in a production of Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, where to my surprise, she singled me out to assist her.
After college, I was handed the opportunities to direct everything from musicals, ballet, comedy shows, one person shows for the stage as well as comedy videos. My first experience on a film set was literally at the feet of the great Bill Irwin. He was filming a short called Water Ride, and they used billowing fabric to indicate the water beneath his boat. I had the proud honor of creating this illusion for him. I was completely hooked.
Now having branched into film directing, I find it is a quite satisfying fit given my eclectic background and sensibility. If I have learned anything from my research into Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith, the work gets made through a commitment to excellence, intensity, laughter and a keen intention to enjoy the best experience one can possibly squeeze out of any situation. It is very much about a collective art and community of people coming together for a party – albeit a sacred one. Long may the billows wave…”