I was born in Israel where my big hobby was pushing trucks around. I came here, I mean Brooklyn, when I was three. I don't speak Hebrew, but having parents from former Soviet Belarus I do speak Russian. I went to Stuyvesant H.S., where there are a hell of a lot of smart kids, and then I went to NYU where I majored in track and swimming, and also history (beacuse I failed a history class in high school), journalism (because that's what Hemmingway did), and Russian (because I could speak it).
While I had dabbled with some acting as a kid, having performed the part of Willy Loman in our pre-school production of Arthur Miller's "Death of Salesman", (I am still remembered for my Willy), the bug never really hit me big until after college. I then began to take every class I could for a year or so, but felt I needed to get into some kind of conservatory program to get a concentrated experience in acting and theater. So I went to the grad school program at the New School, which was either called the Actors Studio Drama School, or the New School for Drama, depends on who you ask. But the main thing is I was totally into Lee Strassberg's writing's and thought, man oh man, I gots to get into this. And generally grad school was an absolutely rewarding experience, and what I needed at the time, even if one of my teachers said I should perform Jean in Strindberg's "Miss Julie" according to preconcieved notions. Screw him.
Since grad school, I'd have to describe myself as a journeyman, which I love. I've had the opportunity to work with absolutely amazing people and amazing plays that have shaped me and my views on the world. I could talk about these subjects for days. I could.
But that is me in a nutshell. The main thing you need to know, is that I keep myself busy. I can be spotted all about the place carrying stuff around. Sure, sometimes I feel like a chicken without a head. But thats ok, cause I love it, and I want to keep collaborating, creating stuff that is vital, takes risks, and is challanging. Its pretty simple really.