My Life in the Theater

 

My acting career started in the ’70s in Boston’s small theaters, which gave me opportunities to collaborate on the development of many new works – a great way to learn the nuts and bolts of performance. In 1980 I co-founded Theater Works, for which I performed, directed, and wrote adaptations. In 1982 the Boston Theater Critics Circle named me Best Actor, and in 1983 I received a Citation for Career Contributions from the New England Theater Conference. While in Boston, I did some acting at the American Repertory Theatre. 

I’ve worked elsewhere: Trinity Square Repertory in Providence, the Sacramento Theater Company, and Shakespeare festivals in Santa Cruz and Boise. I toured in an English-language production of Bernard-Marie Koltès’ Black Battles with Dogs to cities in France and Belgium; the show was invited to the Avignon Festival and the Athens Festival in 2006.

My wife and I relocated to Atlanta in 1990. I’ve acted at the Alliance Theatre, Theater in the Square, Horizon Theater, and Theater Gael. I did 10 seasons at Georgia Shakespeare, where I became an Associate Artist: roles included Lear (twice), Shylock, Malvolio, Moliere's Imaginary Invalid and Miser, and Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. In 1998 the weekly Creative Loafing named me Critic’s Choice for Best Actor. I received the 2009 Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Featured Actor (Big Daddy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)and in 2010 a Suzi Bass nomination for Best Lead Actor (Lear).

From 1990 to 2017 I taught acting at Emory University, where I received teaching awards from the Center for Teaching and Curriculum (1998), the Residence Hall Association (2007), and Theater Studies majors (2002, 2009). I served two terms as Chair of Theater and Dance. 

At Theater Emory, an Equity company, I’ve played both central and supporting roles; adapted fiction and nonfiction, including stories by John Berger, Tim O'Brien, and Virgil; directed Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Wedekind; worked on many readings of plays in development for the Brave New Works program; and written and directed American Wake. I served as Artistic Director of Theater Emory from 2006-2009. 

I published Acting Narrative Speeches: The Actor as Storyteller in 2002. 

In 2011 I began work on a series of monologues about mortality and about acting. In 2018 I first performed a bunch of different ways i’d like to die.

I’ve been happily married for 25+ years to another actor, director, and teacher, Janice Akers, with whom I’ve collaborated on many productions. 

Acting

Dodge,  Buried Child

Dodge, Buried Child

Adaptations

Virgil's  Aeneid: The Final Hours of Troy

Virgil's Aeneid: The Final Hours of Troy

Directing

Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt

New Works

Jiréh Breon Holder,  The Book of Joe

Jiréh Breon Holder, The Book of Joe

Donny, in Martin McDonagh's  The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

Donny, in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

 

Monologues

a bunch of different ways i'd like to die

a bunch of different ways i'd like to die

Playwriting

American Wake  at Theater Emory

American Wake at Theater Emory