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March 17, 2014

It's been mostly classes and auditions this past month. I took a few more classes and events at CnC studios to focus some thoughts and ideas on my training. These included two voice over classes and an event with BLOC casting. Some interesting feedback from each.

Auditions are a struggle just to land lately. Trying to rethink a plan of attack, get some fresh eyes on it.

I am waiting on a few components to finish up the at home studio for recording and then I will be looking into audiobook recording places. I have a few leads to look into.

I recently did a day of background work on a new show called Black Box. It was a fun day up in the Columbia University area.

Just did an event photo shoot for The Story Collider. This is my third time working with them. Some really nice results.

And I picked up a developmental reading of a new webseries where I get to read the part of a producer of a cooking show. Should be loads of fun.

Next up: some focused mailings to get some higher tier auditions and projects. Here comes Spring!

February 21, 2014

I was just brought in this week to do some brief fight choreography for a show in the Strawberry Festival titled Code of Silence. It entailed several small skirmishes including the beginning of a rape scene, some brotherly rough-housing, and a guy being tortured by having his genitals squeezed. Just your normal everyday off-off Broadway fight gig.

Next up: a class in voice over technique to brush up some skills as I am getting a new microphone this week for home recordings.

February 11, 2014

And we're rolling along.

I did a few more commercial and agent events at CnC Studios where I got some more nice feedback and more excellent relationships to cultivate. 

Yesterday I wrapped on a supporting role in the new film Get Happy! It was a fantastic three days of shooting for me which covered three different scenes where I got to play around with a speech and some back and forth stuff with several other actors. The director, Manoj Annadurai, was wonderful to work with as was the entire cast and crew. Casting was done through the fantastic Adrienne Stern Casting, specifically Kathleen Hanley. This marks my first acting credit on IMDB, so that is exciting as well.

And Scout and Maggie has a release date: 2/20 when all episodes will go live on youtube. I make a brief appearance in the first episode.

Finally, I picked up a reading this week on Valentine's Day for La Petite Morgue. It's a night of one acts featuring twisted love stories.

In other fields, I sent Okamoto Studio the link to my photo blog entry covering their live carving in Central Park last month. They enjoyed them and requested copies of a few of the shots.

Next up: we're on the audition circuit and looking for representation to keep this year going strong.

January 19, 2014

The year keeps getting interesting.

I did a nice commercial intensive at CnC Studios where I got some nice feedback and a wonderful new connection. 

This past week I landed (and shot) a role in a web series that should come out in the next few months. More info and a link to the piece when it airs.

I also got a supporting role in a new independant film that shoots next month. Casting was done through the fantastic Adrienne Stern Casting. Tons of thanks to them, especially Kathleen Hanley who I met last month at a forum and brought me in for the project. More info on the project in the future (I shoot next month for a few days).

And Scout and Maggie is airing soon! I got to sit and watch the whole series last month. Very funny stuff. They are doing a special screening at the end of the month to show the final final product. Should be a fun night.

That's a pretty nice haul for this month. Hoping for more work and projects ASAP.

January 5, 2014

Started off the new year with a terrific brush up on audition technique at CnC Studios. It was taught by Jagger Kaye and just a whole lot of fun working with various partners and seeing how things look on camera. I'm not the biggest fan of watching or hearing myself, but it has to be done to learn when you do something off putting. 

Sent out to a bunch of tough auditions, so hopefully something comes of those. Very interesting projects in different areas.

On a different note, I've started writing a book. It's a fiction piece, based off an old screenplay I abandoned. I finished the first part of it (30+ pages) and am doing some research before starting the second part. It's an interesting excursion.

The youtube challenge ends next weekend for me. It's been a learning experience. My memorization skills are getting better. Not back to where they used to be, but we're getting there. I'm trusting my instincts more. Now we work on moment to moment, focus, transitions, and cutting loose. Should be a fun new year of new challenges and opportunities. 

December 14, 2013

Ending the year with a bunch of classes and workshops. Very constructive.

Today I went to my second class at CnC Studios. This time with Jagger Kaye and Phil Allocco working on scenes with everyone. It was a really fun day, very relaxing, and just interesting to see how this group works. Also very nice to hear Phil Allocco talk about the business and his projects.

This week I will be at the Commercial Intensive (also at CnC) and a Casting Directors Forum at Scott Powers Studio where I'll be trying out a different monologue due to the people there. It is an abridged version of one of the ones in my youtube challenge I did earlier in the month. 

Sent in for a new record of projects this month. A few auditions, hoping for some more in early 2014. 

In other projects, I have been writing a novel based on an earlier screenplay I had set aside.

I did another photo shoot for The Story Collider. They are a great group to work with.

Some of my photos from the train exhibit in the New York Botanical Garden will be appearing in an article for Untapped Cities. This will be later this week.

I made some calendars this year and made a few sales. It's always nice when people want, or are interested in, your stuff.

So an early Happy New Year to all and hope for the best next year!

November 6, 2013

Had a very fun day shooting an episode of a new re-enactment series called Castle Confidential, playing the part of Roger Tichborne. It should air next year on the Travel Channel. I got to work with a bunch of fun people throughout the day. 

The episode was directed by Jeremiah Crowell and produced by Optomen Television

I ended up having to have an Amish style beard and longer hair than I had due to a recent haircut. The fantastic makeup artist Mia Bauman did all of this, and it was amazing to see.

A very fun day had on location since we shot in the Players Club - a place I've been in before and love walking around seeing all the artwork and theatre memorabilia. 

October 29, 2013

Lately I've gone to a few round table forums where the panelists are various casting directors, agents, and managers. I've gotten some nice feedback on my work, though also a bunch of contradictions in opinions - which seems to be the nature of the beast.

After a bit of a dry spell, I have a bunch of auditions this week and next. I also picked up a project that I will post about when completed. 

I've been dropping weight and getting in better shape. The strength is back, next up: the stamina and toning.

Still looking for a good and affordable on camera acting technique class.

On a different note, I've taken a script I started years ago and am turning it into a novel, so that should be interesting.

It's been an interesting year of switching gears and getting back into the swing of things, but we're on our way.

August 21, 2013

This month I took a class with Brette Goldstein for on camera technique. It took place over three weeks at CnC Studios. Highly recommend it. Lots of good feedback and focus. Looking into a few other classes coming up in September while pounding the pavement.

Several auditions in August for possible roles in some commercials and indy films. Fingers crossed for some gigs.

Youtube challenge is going well. Looking into some more pieces so I make it through the whole year.

A good summer of refocusing on technique and rebuilding physically. We have a ways to go, but it's helping.

July 28, 2013

I can finally announce the project I worked for earlier in the year as it aired tonight. I had a scene in Inside the American Mob as a young John Gotti. The episode I appeared in was titled "Operation Donnie Brasco." It will be replayed throughout the week. The shoot was a lot of fun. I lucked out with it being walking distance from my apartment which was a nice change. Everyone in the cast and crew were fantastic. We had a very fun shoot day, even when some people accidentally got locked in a decommisioned bank vault (don't worry, they got out a bit later). It was an extremely enjoyable day and I can't thank Christina Lenis and Linda Latortue at Left/Right Productions for bringing me in for this project.

I just finished up a few auditions for some projects, including possible audiobook recording. I had to relearn some of GarageBand on my mac to do that audition, but it's a good skill to have, especially with how often people ask you to video tape or record an audition instead of actually going there in person.

Next month I am taking a class with Brette Goldstein to work on my on camera technique. It's amazing to actually have time to focus on craft and work on technique since I am focused so much more on performing these days. I can't wait to see what's next.

July 1, 2013

It has been a good June. Sent out a lot of submissions to mainstream productions in hopes of getting more auditions and exposure. The theme now is "Go big or go home." 

Just finished up a class with CD Susanne Scheel at Scott Powers Studio. It was fantastic. Lots of info and camera work (I will be adding some footage on here this month on the video page, possibly from class, but also from the youtube challenge so people can stay in one spot when looking up things) to help me along the way.

In the middle of working on material for that class, I also auditioned for, and landed(!), a voiceover gig for a research hospital commercial. Details will follow when the spot airs. I recorded this past friday and it was a blast.

Ok Summer, bring it!

May 23, 2013

As seen to the right, I have a new headshot. Since I am now working as a freelance photographer, I opted to take my own this time and save some money. I have gotten some good feedback and hope this will lead to new opportunities this year. 

Lots of auditions lately for various projects. Also several headshot sessions, samples of which can be found here. I am also still going strong with my youtube challenge and noticing stronger capabilities with memorization techniques.

This coming weekend I am participating in a fund raiser for Manhattan Shakespeare Project in a Shakespeare Rumble of MacBeth. The cast gets to play numerous roles and switch back and forth throughout the reading. I get to do MacBeth, Ross, Seyton, and 1st Murderer, among others.

Happy Memorial Weekend to all!

April 22, 2013

Today I was brought in to do a days work on an upcoming television show for Left/Right Productions playing a famous mobster. More info will be posted when the piece is released. It was a very fun day despite having minimal time to learn my scene. The youtube exercises are working though and I was able to learn it overnight. 

Hitting up as many auditions as possible while scheduling various photography projects. The year is shaping up.

Enjoy spring!

March 27, 2013

It has been a very productive year so far for me. I am very focused and applying for gigs left and right. This has resulted in many auditions and a few projects. I just wrapped a live event for Virgin Atlantic which was performed next to the Flatiron Building in NYC. They also taped many aspects of it for a new campaign that should be airing in the near future. Once it's posted I will post links for viewing. This was all directed by Sam Cadman and the section I worked on was choreographed by Joey Spano. It was just a fantastic day.

I am also now working on various photography projects including headshots and production shots. All info on this new endeaver can be found here.

My youtube challenge continues, although at times I post a few days late due to other projects. It's helping me focus and work on craft which is welcome.

January 19, 2013

Happy New Year to all!

This year I am focused on expanding my exposure and career beyond off-off Broadway into more tv, film, and internet work, along with possible Off Broadway work. 

I have given myself a challenge on youtube to post a video a week. There will be monologues, readings (mostly of my own writing), and songs. I want to use these to get myself back in memorization shape and to get my voice back where it needs to be. Most videos will be one take and cut. Eventually I might go higher production value and shoot in different locations with multiple angles. You can view the intro video here

December 7, 2012

Just did a reading for Mim Granahan of her new play "Bromances of the Exes" where I got to read the roles of George and Will.

Also just finished a class with Jared Kirby studying stage combat for the stage and screen. The classes were aimed at unarmed, knife, and longsword.

I have had several photography gigs lately while performance gigs have been scarce. Here's to the new year and new opportunities.

Happy holidays to all!

July 18, 2012

Summer has been off to an interesting start. Been involved in several readings to help playwrights work on their pieces. Also had a few meetings about various possible fight choreography projects. Writing continues on my own piece - Ask Not (I swear I will finish it this year, preferably before October). 

And in other news, I have started a photo blog to showcase some of my photography. You can see it here.

Here's to a productive second half of the summer.

June 11, 2012

Just cast in a reading this week of Michael Roderick's latest play Beth. The reading takes place on Wednesday the 13th at The Players Club and is directed by Kelly Monroe Johnston. I get to play the Porter.

January 16, 2012

I started taking a class with Seth Duerr and Jared Kirby called Shakespeare's (S)words. It is a six week text and combat class that helps analyze the incorporation of violence in Shakespeare's plays.

Good start to the new year!

November 3, 2011

Some updates:

1. Put up a video of all the fights from MacBeth2011 which was performed back in February and March 2011. It's just the movement sections, showcasing my choreography and my excellent fighters kicking each others butts. You can see it on the Video page.

2. Shooting my episode of Scout & Maggie at the end of November, so prep work has begun. Should be a very funny shoot.

3. Work goes slowly but steadily forward with the draft of Ask Not. I might just be a slower writer than George R.R. Martin.

October 31, 2011

It's Halloween, so here's some (semi) creepy Shakespeare. Also known as a brief Shakespeare Out of Context.

October 17, 2011

I have just been cast in a guest role for the new web series Scout and Maggie. I will be playing the role of Chip: a tech geek who is very awkward. There will be a bit of physical comedy involved as well. Should be a fun time.

And if you are interested in some brief fight choreography in the middle of a very interesting show, check out the web page for Alba to get tickets to the show.

September 17, 2011

Some new gigs:

1. The House of Bernarda Alba, directed by Glory Kadigan. I will be fight choreographer for a few sections. The show runs November 5th through 20th at the Gene Frankel Theater.

2. The Empress of Sex, by Duncan Pflaster. Part of the Oberon Theatre Ensemble's Originals Reading Series. I will be playing the role of Petrus: a servant and cunning linguist. The reading takes place on September 26th at The Lambs

3. Two video projects to be edited: one Shakespeare Out of Context: Puck and a fight dissection from the producton of MacBeth I choreographed earlier in the year.

4. And writing continues on Ask Not, lots of mapping out new ideas and directions. Hoping to have this finished by the holidays.

5. I am also now freelancing as a photographer for untappedcities.com. My first article can be found here

August 1, 2011

Spent a day working on a new video project: Shakespeare Out of Context. Mostly working with friends who come up with their own scenario and perform a piece of Shakespeare. The first one is my piece of Benedict from Much Ado About Nothing. It can be seen here. I shot it and edited it all on my own (very proud of my editing job).

Moving forward with the first draft of Ask Not. For the first time ever, I went back to the beginning and started over completely as I kept writing myself into corners. Hoping to finish it by the fall.

June 14, 2011

Just finished a 2 performance run of a new piece titled "Random" by Michael Hagins and directed by J.J. El-Far. I played Det. Stuart, a corrupt policeman in a film noir land filled with murder. It was performed at The Producer's Club in NYC on June 11th and 12th.

April 16, 2011

Producers sent out press clippings of MacB this week. I got some nice reactions for the fights:

"...the play really gets started.  The energetic and cinematic fight scene which ensues is stylized and exciting.  The special effects and lighting add immensely to the beauty of the fight, but much credit is due to Nicholas Santasier, fight choreographer.  Throughout the show, one thing that never wavers is the excellence of the almost gymnastic fight scenes." ~Emily Hockaday (Read the full review here)

"There’s also a pretty sweet sword fight at the end." ~Kristin Skye Hoffmann (Full article at nytheatre)

April 10, 2011

Notches premiere is over. The four shows went very well. Lot of positive reaction from audiences. Cast and crew were a blast to work with and very professional. I can't thank everyone enough who supported this project.

Now it is back to the grindstone for me: auditioning, working on finishing a new play - Ask Not, and designing some possible video projects (including possibly turning Notches into an indy film as suggested by numerous people, including my co-producer, Phil Newsom). 

March 19, 2011

MacBeth is up and running. Very nice responses to the fights. Runs through March 27th at The Wings Theater.

I was recommended by my co-producer for Notches to the Gallery Players as a last minute fight choreography gig for their production of Jitney. Very nice people there and they picked up the brief moves very quickly. Show opens March 19th and runs through April 3rd.

Notches is up and running in rehearsals. We had some cast changes over the past few weeks but everything is running well. We raised enough funds for both the rehearsal rentals and theater rentals. Ticket info can be found here. Show runs April 3-5 at The Red Room.

February 5, 2011

Currently hip deep in rehearsals of MacBeth. Fights are going well. All of the actors learn very quickly. Can't wait to see it up on it's feet in the Wings Theatre.

We just had our first read through of Notches on Friday 2/4/11. Some tightening up needs to occur in several places, but overall I am happy with where the script is. Very talented cast as well. We had to change venues and the show will now be performed at The Red Room on East 4th street on April 3-5. Ticket info can be found here. I am co-producing this with Phil Newsom Productions and Hanging Hammer Productions. If you would like to contribute please visit our chipin page.

November 10th

Hi folks. The site is up and running! A great deal of thanks go to Kyle Walters for all his work here getting me started.

Currently I am in preproduction for MacBeth presented by White Rabbit Theatre and Red Shark Productions. I am fight choreographing it and am in the early stages of research and design. The show will be in March 2011.

At the same time I have one of my own pieces, Notches, being performed in early April of 2011. We have a producer (Phil Newsom), director (Keith Dunn), and ad guru extraordinaire (Chris Cariker). Casting will occur in January 2011. Fundraising info coming soon!