My experience with television production began in high school. I worked as a video editor and master control switcher at the local TV station, as well as the high school new channel. It was during this time that I became a fan of many science fiction dramas, including Star Trek: Next Generation and The Outer Limits. These shows helped shape my view of television production and ignited an interest in science and technology. I didn’t spend all of my time watching television though! I took my interest in science fiction into books as well, specifically Vonnegut, Orwell, Asimov, and Bradbury.
I worked in theater through high school. At a very young age, I learned to see production as a whole, and did my best to study every aspect. I honed my skills as a performer in the stages of school and community theatre. I was fortunate enough to spend a summer studying physical performance at The NC Governor’s School between my junior and senior years of high school. I spent many hours working on technical theatre at the local professional playhouse, The Temple Theatre. It was there that I studied sets, props, carpentry, and all things cardboard under my friend and mentor, Ernest Badgett, “The Cardboard King.” During my senior year of high school I served on the advisory board for the community theatre group in Sanford. In this capacity I learned about how to choose productions, what works and what doesn’t, and how non-profit organizations survive.
I applied to Catawba College where I began as a history major, and studied art under Charles McAllister. After two years I dropped out of College. I returned to drama the next summer as a performer/ technician at Horn in the West, and then re-applied to Catawba, this time as a theater major. I studied scenic design, lighting design, carpentry, stage management, and technical direction under David Pulliam and Christopher Zink. I studied directing, performance, and Shakespeare under Jim Epperson, James Parker, and Dayna Anderson. Halfway through my college experience Epp and Parkie left and were replaced by Dr. Woodrow Hood, Dr. Beth Homan, and Missy Barns. Each shifted my focus about theater and art.
After leaving college I pursued a career in freelance design and production. I became a proud member of IATSE local 322 and because of my technical achievements; I was hired at UNCSA where I worked daily with both students and faculty. Before leaving UNCSA, I created a small charitable group whose focus is to aid in production for performers, artists, and technicians in North Carolina. The organization is called NCSB, which still aids developing companies with networking, artistic research, organizational strategies, and project management.
Through NCSB I was introduced to Lilly, Jerod, Vince, Jorge. So here I am. I’m a little crazy to be stepping back into directing, but it’s better to be crazy and following a dream than to be miserable acting sane. A sci-fi and comic book fan from childhood, I’m thrilled to be working on a project like this. I carry a unique vision for the look and feel of the show and I’ve been working closely with the Scienstars staff to help create a new universe which envelops viewers in the art and beauty of science and space.