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I believe in stories. They provide a guidebook for navigating life.

I believe in language. Sarcasm. Wit. As biting as possible, please.

I believe in revelation. Not of the biblical variety, but the thunderbolt kind that hits you out of nowhere and makes you sit up straight, wherever you are.

In the grand tradition of my Irish ancestors, I believe truth can be found somewhere between whiskey and poetry. Or maybe the poetry of whiskey. Ask me after the next round. You’re buying.

I believe in teachers that say, “Yes. And?” I’ve been lucky to have several—Sully, Clark, my parents—who all gave me permission to let out the weird, the silly, the certain something…different. They’ve made me who I am today.

I believe in that moment in the car with my mother, driving through the mountains that connect West Virginia to Ohio, summer between junior and senior of high school when I told her, definitely, definitively, tearfully, “I wanna do this theatre thing.” It felt like the first time I walked on stage and really found my light.

I believe in New York City. A place that can beat you up and grind you down, all in service of the greater goal of reinvention. But you gotta be present, gotta want it, gotta take it on the chin and say, “What else you got?”

I believe in the audition room. The 10 years I spent as an audition reader for Telsey, Carnahan, Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, 2ndStage, Dave Cap, and others were better than any class I could have taken. I believe there were days I was a better reader than actor, and I’m okay with that because we’ve all had that person in the room that just wasn’t in the room, you know? I believe all those hours I logged watching and helping people audition taught me this: walk in, do your job, say thank you, and then leave like you have a better audition waiting down the block. When they say, “Thank you very much,” that’s your cue.

I believe in writing characters that are so smart and cool I have no chance of ever playing them.

I believe plays that aim to change the world should first aim to entertain because you can’t change a mind if it isn’t paying attention.

I believe in passion and empathy and I believe the two should be inseparable.

Most of all: I believe the theatre should be a place of teachers and I want to pass on inspiration to a younger generation because the only way we move forward together and not separatelyis to invite people to come in…sit down…and for a moment just listen to a story.