Don recently left Chicago to return to New York City to continue his career as an actor and works as a commercial casting director for GENUINE: The Real People Company. He is thrilled to have spent 6 years as a director, teacher and mentor to youth through Stage Door Fine Arts and is thrilled to continue his work for SDFA from New York to build even more awesome connections for the program!
After graduating from Millikin University in Decatur, IL with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre, Don spent three years in New York City working as a performer, teacher, nanny and film extra (most notably in Spiderman 3).
Prior to establishing Stage Door Fine Arts, Don was the Director of Musical Theatre for Oakbrook Academy of Music & Art where he taught vocal lessons, drama classes and directed and vocal directed all musical productions beginning in the Summer of 2007. Previous to becoming a full time teacher and director for Oakbrook Academy Don worked as a guest director and taught various classes and workshops for the academy starting in 2001. Don is very proud of his work with Oakbrook Academy and is thrilled to have had the opportunity to help their program grow and change while working with some wonderful people!
Previously he has taught voice and drama for Applause Theatrical Workshops/Broadway Babies in New York City, Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, IL, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, The Grand Lake Colorado Park District, St. Isaac Jogues Middle School and as the Fellowship Choir Director for First Congregational Church of Downers Grove. While at Millikin Don completed a three-year honors research project on the educating of children and adults through musical theatre, culminating in the direction of the main stage musical production, Honk! which included a cast of children and adults. Other directing credits outside of SDFA include Seussical the Musical, All Shook Up!, Lucky Stiff, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Once on This Island, Bye Bye Birdie, john & jen, Songs for a New World, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (4 times!), and many one-act plays. In total Don has directed over 60 full scale musical productions!
In addition to teaching and directing, Don continues to perform and has appeared in over 50 productions throughout the United States.