Williamstown Theatre Festival

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This past June through August I was a member of the Williamstown Theatre Festival Apprentiship company. Through the program I not only got to act in a variety of shows, but also write, devise new work, participate in masterclasses, take audition skills, Shakepseare, and "radical presence" class, all the while seeing new, different, and such thrilling theatre each week. Being exposed to such high quality work all summer took my yearning to act to new heights; I can't wait to go back (hopefully sooner than later!) 

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Wrapped!

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This past October I shot two short films: "A Boy Called Boris" and "Pulp & Spine" where I played a dandy hipster and a high school bully respectively; I must say it was pretty fun since off camera I don't really consider myself either. Both films anticipate to travel the festival circut after post-production, I'll keep some updates posted to follow up.  

Recital!

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The week before Thanksgiving (Friday 22nd, 6pm) I presented my senior recital at NYU. I sang a few sets of songs including the classics, some Rufus Wainwright, a Sondheim tune or two, and music from new composers. In addition, I put up an abridged version of the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" featuring some other great actor friend people. I also had some really mindblowingly delicious pizza afterwords, and I think a side salad, but perhaps it was just pizza. If you would like to see some of these performances check out my media page! Or if you want to hear more about the pizza I'll tell you about that too.  

'Hit List' at 54 Below

 

December 8th and 9th I got to be a part of an insane belting chorus in a concert presentation of the fictional musical "Hit List" on NBC's "Smash" -- the evening featured some amazing talent including Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, and Carrie Manolakos. To check out more, click here!

 

Uncle Vanya

 

February 14-16 I will be returning to Columbia University's MFA directing program to colloborate on a sleak, modern translation of this famous play. Juan Pablo Félix directs and has truly made the process enriching and cultivating. Contact me for ticket ordering information! 

Three Sisters

 

October 11-13 I played Roddey in my first production at Columbia University's MFA directing program; Chris Murrah directs. After just finishing a workshopped production of The Cherry Orchard at Williamstown I was eager to continue tackling Chekhov and was thrilled when this opportunity came about.

The Student Prince

 

April 3-6 will be my final production at NYU playing Lucas in our Spring Mainstage production of The Student Prince. I play a goofball, the music is stunning, and this show is rarely performed-- visit NYU ticket central now to get seats or contact me directly for more information. Would love to see you!

 

Showcase at New World Stages!

 

April 29 @3pm or 6:30pm I showcased! woop! It was definitely a memorable way to end my performance career at NYU and awesome to see so many friendly faces come out and show support.  Forward!

Billy Joe Kiessling wears a mumu -

not to be missed

 

Excited to collaborate with Anderson Heinz on another original play. RSVP to whoeverinvitedglitter@gmail.com or reach out to me personally for some more details (maybe you're curious about my wig?..)

Gods and Kings at the Sheen Center

 

I'm making my off-off debut Sept. 5! A new rock musical, composed by Ruffer & Reilly, will be presented in this equity showcase until September 9. Come see me play violin, mandolin, some percussion stuff and of course good ol singin' and dancin' -- find out more about this theatre company and our show, Gods and Kings!

 

http://www.theothermirrortheatre.com

Waterwell presents Ajax

 

Produced by the F*it club, 5 downtown theatre companies came together and presented all new, original, short pieces. I got to act with Waterwell's collaboration - a new musical workshop of Sophocles' Ajax, directed by Tom Ridgely and Arian Moayed. The concept is to turn the epic into a Busby Berkely MGM musical; an old Greek text about the effects of PTSD on soldiers smashing against the movie musical of the 40s. New work, y'all.

 

www.waterwell.org/

 

 

Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical opens Off-Broadway at American Theater for Actors

 

Pumped to bring out my violin for this one. Runs September 20-27, contact me for tickets! Here's how the show is billed: "Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical is an award-winning original musical about four young orphans who long for adventure outside their quaint harbor town. But when adulthood, romance, and a few unexpected visitors are thrown in their path, they find that adventure might be closer than they once thought. This coming-of-age tale will reconnect adults with their imagination and inspire children to find their own adventure. Don't miss the boat- join us Off-Broadway beginning September 20th!" 

 

www.sealegsthemusical.com

 

'A Boy Called Boris' premieres September 21 at CSAFF and October 17 at Chelsea Film Festival

 

My first film is showing at 11:30AM at Showplace Icon Theater in downtown Chicago: 1011 South Delano Court East, Chicago, IL 60607

Second Screening at 2PM at Evanston Public Library: 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201     

 

In New York, check it out at the SVA Theater at 6pm, Oct. 17th. A link to the trailer and all the other selects can be found here!

 

 

 

 

Musicals Tonight! Presents 'The Girl Who Came to Supper' at the Lion Theater @ Theatre Row

 

Now playing! Nov 4 - 16th.  The show is based on Terence Rattigan's 1953 play, 'The Sleeping Prince', and was filmed as 'The Prince and the Showgirl' with Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. It first opened on December 8, 1963 starring Florence Henderson, José Ferrer, and Tessie O'Shea.

 

I play a variety of characters, but featured mostly as a snobby, violin playing Russian.. so.. get your tickets!

 

Broadway World article here

A Moment in Time - pre B'way Lab Production

 

Excited to share I've been cast in 'A MOMENT IN TIME', playing various characters in the ensemble (including the fiddler). Rehearsals start February 16; Directed by Sheldon Epps (Artistic Director Pasadena Playhouse, other Bway credits), Choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Motown, A Night with Janis Joplin) and produced by six time Tony award winner Stewart F. Lane. Thanks Liz Lewis Casting Partners!

 

www.amomentintimemusical.com

 

read about it here on Playbill.com

 

Industry Presentations held on March 5 and 6th at the Acorn Theater @ Theatre Row on 42nd St.

 

 

Broadway Debut

Catch me on Broadway in NATASHA, PIERRE, & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 at the Imperial Theatre!  Directed by Rachel Chavkin, Choreography by Sam Pinkleton, Book, Music, & Lyrics by Dave Malloy, and with Music Direction by Or Matias. 

 

For tickets: www.greatcometbroadway.com

read about it here on Playbill.com

 

Performances begin October 18, 2016, Opening Night November 14, 2016

Broadway Debut

Catch me on Broadway in NATASHA, PIERRE, & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 at the Imperial Theatre!  Directed by Rachel Chavkin, Choreography by Sam Pinkleton, Book, Music, & Lyrics by Dave Malloy, and with Music Direction by Or Matias. 

 

For tickets: www.greatcometbroadway.com

read about it here on Playbill.com

 

Performances begin October 18, 2016, Opening Night November 14, 2016

filming RISE coming to NBC

I'll be appearing in 6 episodes of the upcoming network hour long series RISE on NBC. Also, I will actually be playing the viola - no faking! Very excited about that.