Who I am
I am a father and grandfather who has had a life-long interest in the theatre. I am a graduate of Syracuse University's School of Speech and Dramatic Arts (now called the College of Visual and Performing Arts) with a degree in Drama. I did not pursue a career in the theatre nor remain involved at any level until my son became attracted to the stage in early high school. He went on to have a successful professional carrer as a performer, and I became immersed in community theatre throughout the Capital District of New York.
As an actor, I have appeared in: over thirty stage productions, two independent movies and one television commercial. I have written a number of one-act plays; four have been produced in the Albany area as well as other parts of the state. I have written historical articles for regional and national magazines, one of which,"The Man Who Last Saw Abraham Lincoln," was chosen to be featured in THE BEST OF YANKEE a volume containing the 36 best articles of YANKEE MAGAZINE's first 50 years. Recently, I returned to an earlier interest and designed sets for a number of local productions.
Why I do this
For the past two years, I have been working on a book that examines one aspect of the carreer of George M. Cohan and his place in the spectrum of American theatre history. In the course of my research, I have encountered stories from our theatrical past that humanized and broadened my view of the historical record. Although they are not pertinent to my Cohan book, I find them fascinating. Hopefully, I'm not the only one.