A: I have been a hands-on person since my childhood. Growing up on a dairy farm teaches you that. After leaving the US Air Force, I went into construction trades and later as a contractor. I have always had the ability to visualize what I want to create and that lends well to an award-winning theater set design.
Q: Why SouthFork, in particular?
A: When Chrissie ask me to help, I thought it would be interesting to create a period cemetery that also becomes a character of the play.
Q: What shows on your “bucket list” would you like to design/create?
A: I have had the privilege over the years to help with creating many of the sets that brings an imaginative story to the community for their enjoyment. I am not sure I have any particular show in mind, but will welcome any time to participate in bringing life to a story on stage.
Q: What is the biggest challenge with SouthFork set creation?
A: Probably, not accomplished yet, will be making a cemetery move on stage. You will have to wait and see how it will be done.
Q: Rumors say you like to act as well; what would be your ideal role to play on stage?
A: My being a stage manager would put me at every show so sometimes I would fill in on a character, especially if it needs to be an ‘older’ person. I am not accomplished enough to be a main character, but maybe in the future with a little courage. . . I admire all those people who remember all those lines.
Q: In one sentence what is your motto in theater?
A: Have fun and help give that pleasure to others for a few hours to enjoy the magic of theater.
Q: What other activities do you enjoy besides theater?
A: I have been enjoying living with horses and the cowboy lifestyle, in between working for a living, and seeing America on horseback. That lifestyle includes writing and reciting cowboy poetry.
Q: Any advice for newcomers who want to explore civic theater?
A: Do it for the magic. Any part from swinging a hammer to singing your heart out.