So let's start with the fact that I am not great about updating this site. I AM working - constantly. But keeping track of it is not my strong point anymore.
Some highlights: A national Commercial and Print campaign for Coolief. Special thanks to Brad Smith, A.J. and the folks at PR Casting, Kacee and Adam and the gang at Shirley Hamilton, the director Kevin Smith from Story, all the folks at Abelson Taylor, Inc. and of course all the Coolief folks! Coming soon at www.coolief.com. P.S. I'm not quite that old - they aged me a bit for the ads - but I guess that's a glimpse into future me! Strangely, significantly delayed release at the moment. Right of first refusal for American Honey.
More highlights from 2017: Chicago Justice episode aired on April 23rd (check me out almost at the top of the episode HERE (Karge + Ross Casting, Wolf Films/NBC, Director Vincent Misiano), Reading 2 epsiodes of a TV series by the wonderful Kevin Hanna at Stage 18, a series of national spots for Turtle Wax (featuring Manny the Frenchie! - O'Keefe Reinhard & Paul, O'Connor Casting and 71 Degrees North Director, Martin Rodahl), a video project with Merck (one of the FIRST stocks I ever owned! - Tisha Blood/Buffalo Casting and Broken Films Director, Mark Whittier), a National Safety Council film about driving safety, a great little new media promo for Trinity College via Compass Casting with Kendal Miller directing from Cultivate Studios, a wonderful little Onion Focus clip about a Cop (that happens to be approaching 4 million views), a booking with ABC Plumbing that had to be cancelled because of a shoot conflict!, a commercial for Instant Care with Scale Marketing, a string of callbacks/right of first for places like the Big 10, Anthem BCBS, Cuna, Commed, Ohio Lottery and one of my favs: Will Dunne's scene shop readings at Chicago Dramatists.
Some highlights from 2016: A line/day of shooting on Chicago Justice (airs in January 2017). Commercial for TastyTrade/the Liz and JNY show, lots o' Will Dunne's scene shop at Chicago Dramatists.
Some highlights from 2015: Film shoot for Bowlmor - the largest bowling alley company in America (they bought all Brunswick's lanes in 2014). I play an angry customer with a cold burger. Definitely playing to the core of who I am here.
Film shoot for the National Restaurant Association. Now every server or food preparer in America will see me being the "bad" example of a server. Yes I don't wash my hands, I put my fingers on people's plates and tell an allergic customer that "anything on the menu will be just fine."
Lots of script reading in Will Dunne's scene shop at Chicago Scriptworks. The man is a genius and his students are incredible.
Return to the Hiding Place just keeps going. Theater releases, DVD release in Europe, streaming in America AND NOW a DVD release in America! My part is small - but it is with John Rhys Davies. And I'm very angry.
September 2011 - Commercial shoot for Keyence. Reading with Will Dunne at Chicago Dramatists. Reading of Noir(ish). More readings with Chicago Dramatists! Rehearsals for the short film Disowned and Dispossesed, directed by Majel Cuza. Interview for New to Tango. SP work for Kaplan.
August 2011 - Callback for ScottTrade. Reading with Chicago Dramatists. SP work for Kaplan. Return to the Hiding Place, a film I shot last summer is released in the UK as a DVD entitled The War of Resistance.
July 2011 - News All The Time performance with Stage Left (Leapfest) at Theater Wit. Reading with Will Dunne at Chicago Dramatists. Reading with my friend Jane Delaubenfels. SP work for Kaplan.
June 2011 - News All The Time performance with Stage Left (Leapfest) at Theater Wit. Reading with Will Dunne at Chicago Dramatists. SP work for Kaplan.
May 2011 - The Brother, a play I was in a few years back is now being published by Samuel French - see banner at right. Rehearsals for News All The Time for Stage Left's Leapfest begin. Return to The Hiding Place, a film I shot last summer goes to Cannes to find distribution. SP work for Kaplan.
April 2011 - Cast in News All the Time for Stage Left's Leapfest. 2 reading dates with Will Dunne at Chicago Dramatists. An industrial for Toyota, SP work for Kaplan.
March 2011 - Jeff recommended Shadowlands at Provision Theater continues. A reading at Provision. Callbacks for a handfull of plays. A GSA industrial shoot. SP work for Kaplan.
February 2011 - Shadowlands at Provision Theater is open and we are Jeff recommended! 2 reading dates with Will Dunne at Chicago Dramatists.
January 2011 - Rehearsals begin for Shadowlands at Provision Theater. Audition seminar with Claire Simon. Call-back for UIC commercial. Training with David Murphy. Meisner Tech 3 at Artistic Home.
December - Commercial for Busch Gardens. Reading with Will Dunne and Chicago Dramatists. Meisner Tech 3 at Artistic Home. SP work for Kaplan.
November - cast in a short film with Bailout Pictures. Cast in a web series with Ravensfilm. Industrial for Community Home Supply. Reading with Will Dunne and Chicago Dramatists. Training with David Murphy. SP work for Kaplan.
October - Reading with Will Dunne and Chicago Dramatists. Training with David Murphy. More readings. SP work for Kaplan.
September - while I've tried to take a break from stage, the commercial auditions have ramped up. I've had 2 callbacks (one at TPR and one at O'Connor) and an on-hold (for a Disney spot) so far this month. SP work for Kaplan.
August - filming "Return To The Hiding Place" with John Rhys-Davies. Reading with Will Dunne and Chicago Dramatists. Call-back for White Castle commercial. Industrial for True Value. Improv with David Murphy ends. SP for Kaplan.
July - Cast in Return To The Hiding Place - shooting this summer in Michigan. 2 Voiceover spots with Pioneer seeds. Improvisation II begins with David Murphy at The Green Room Studio. A Master class with casting director Risa Bramon García. A series of industrials with Velasco and Rickard and a handful of readings. SP work for Kaplan.
June - Audition Technique with Erica Daniels. A musical reading of New To Tango. Actor for Will Dunne's class at Chicago Dramatists. Meisner Tech 2 continues. A reading with Provision Theater, SP work for Kaplan.
May - The Hiding Place at Provision Theatre (Jeff Recommended) continues and closes at the end of the month to sold out houses. A reading of Don Tieri's Stealing Michael Jordan. Improv class with David Murphy continues. Meisner Tech 2 starts again.
April - The Hiding Place at Provision Theatre opens and is Jeff Recommended! Improv class with David Murphy. Note: a computer death put me out of commission here for a bit.
March: Rehearsals for Provision Theatre's The Hiding Place begin. Voiceover work for SMS. Meisner 2 at The Artistic Home, SP work for Kaplan.
February: Cast as Eusie/Meyer Mossel in Provision Theatre's The Hiding Place. Voiceover work for SMS, on hold for ALAS, Level 3 at The Green Room, starting Meisner 2 at The Artistic Home, SP work for Kaplan.
January: Voiceover work for SMS. Another scene for the short film written by Steven Payne. Finishing up Meisner instruction at the Artistic Home, starting Level 3 at The Green Room, SP work for Kaplan.
December: A callback for a SAG Walgreens spot. A role in a short film written by Steven Payne, a reading with John Hancock of a musical he adapted from the 1987 movie Weeds - which he wrote and directed, Hungry Chicago? guidebook out in stores - with my restaurant reviews of suburban Chicagoland, Meisner instruction at the Artistic Home, SP work for Kaplan.
November: "On hold" for Wolverine Herbicide commercial, shooting ALAS industrial, SP work for Kaplan.
October: "Right of first refusal" in the campaign for Dominion - print/radio/commercial/internet, SP work for Kaplan.
September: An industrial for the GSA, an industrial for the NSC, a reading with Writer's Bloc, SP work for Kaplan.
August: Cast as Brian in the feature, "Schizo Cool," - filming for Schizo Cool, a reading of "Horrible" with Hobo Junction, filming PI Dangerous and SP work for Kaplan.
July: Reading with Larry Carpenter and Wegocentric. Work on P.I. Dangerous short film begins. SP Work for Kaplan.
June: VO work for NU Psychology department. The Green Room level 2. "Escaped! Lair of a Sadist" premiers on Investigation Discovery. Promotional work for CTA/RTA. SP Work for Kaplan.
May: Shooting an additional scene for Dead of Night. Episodes of TV shows I've done in the past year continue to air on A&E, Investigation Discovery and The Weather Channel. The Green Room level 2. SP work for Kaplan.
April: A number of the TV shows I've done in the past year continue to air: "Undercover: Double Life - Heidi Landgraf: Operation Green Ice" and "When Weather Changed History: Titanic." More vacation to LA. Travel writing for Storographer, Where I've Been and MySpace Local. SP work for Kaplan.
March: The last month for Timeline's "Not Enough Air." A vacation to LA. SP Work for Kaplan. Travel writing for Hungry City Guides.
February: Cast as the lead in an episode of "Escaped" with Bill Kurtis. The "Heidi Landgraf episode of "Undercover" aired on the Investigation Discovery Channel - I played Heidi's husband. Corporate improv. work with The Riot Act. SP work for Kaplan. Understudying the role of Mac/Man #2 for Timeline. For ticket information, go to Timeline.
January: Timeline's world premiere of Not Enough Air. I'm understuding the role of Mac/Man #2. For ticket information, go to Timeline.
December: Rehearsals begin for my understudy role with Timeline Theatre for their production of Not Enough Air. A first reading of a new play with academy award nominated director John Hancock, SP work for Kaplan.
November: The last week of The Giver (Title Role) with AppleTree TYA, a feature-length independent film with Thomas Sigmon, a reading with Citadel Theatre and promotional work for the Talent Group.
October: The Giver (title role) goes up with AppleTree TYA and takes up most of the month. Work for Kaplan. Work for Academy of Cinema and Television. The Titanic episode of When Weather Changed History that I'm in airs on October 18th.
September: A short film with Thomas Castillo about Miracle Valley, AZ. Rehearsals begin for the title role in The Giver for AppleTree TYA. A part in Element: A New Plays Festival. A speaking part on a special for The Discovery Channel. Extra work for The Beast. Work for Academy of Cinema and Television.
August so far: A short film with Caren Evers. Work for Academy of Cinema and Television. SP work for Kaplan. A day of extra work with Atmosphere's in which I am VERY excited about World Wrestling. A preview of the United Way spot...
July: Filming with EOS Intermedia for Northwestern. Voice over work for Loan Review, Inc. A part in Ravensfilm production of "Dead of Night." A United Way promo/web video with Pablo Korona. I will also be playing Bruce Ismay, owner of the Titanic in a documentary for Towers Productions (for the Weather Channel) and playing a father in another Towers Production (for Animal Planet).
June: We've opened "Alice in War" at Stage Left. Corporate improv work for The Riot Act. More permanent, part time SP work with Kaplan.
May: I will be playing Henri and a few other characters in "Alice in War" at Stage Left. The rest of May was taken up with a trip to Egypt!
April: Apple Tree's TYA production of "The Giver" begins! More permanent, part-time SP work with Kaplan. A reading of Frank Merle's new feature, "Criminality." And then a trip to Egypt!
Please click on "Photos" to view my beardless head shots.
My short, "The Preview" was a first round finalist in the American Gem Short Screenplay competition (top 300 out of 1200).
CSW did a staged reading of my short, "Two Men" for their Shorts! festival and my monologue "Boarder" was chosen as a finalist in the Camenae Monomaniacal contest.
An entire campaign for Coolief (by Halyard). You can see me in print and on their website as well. Click here for the website.
A funny little commercial for Trinity College in Deerfield, IL. Click here.
Coming soon - OnceOverHeard - a new media site and channel across the web, with short-content video featuring yours truly. Click here.
My Onion Focus video that was released in 2017 that has almost 4 million views! Click here.
I was on the April 23rd episode of Dick Wolfe's Chicago Justice. Click here to see it larger.
Shot a series of national ads for Turtlewax with 71 Degrees North and Martin Rodahl.
Return to the Hiding Place is about to be released on DVD in the US! Click here.
A still from Disowned and Dispossessed a short film directed by Majel Cuza.
Click HERE to purchase a copy of The Brother by John Hancock and Dorothy Tristan. A wonderful play by wonderful folks. I was part of the original cast when they did it in Chicago a few years back.
The Southtown Star says, "Standouts also include Charles S. Jensen as Eusie, one of the charming Jews in hiding..."
Morgan's Last Call. The trailer for an upcoming short by Frank Merle Films.
From the previews of The Brother, with Robert Breuler.
From the Bill Kurtis/National Geographic Special, Murder and Madness in the White City.
From 684 Brewster directed by Marcus Cohlan. I'm an orthodox Jewish man who brings up memories from the past for the main character.