A little bit about me...

In the beginning...

I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Scott and Linda Shapiro. Everyone in my family had a huge appreciation for music, from my dad playing his record collection every Sunday afternoon, to my Aunt Debbie who sang professionally in New England. So it was inevitable that I would eventually be bitten by the bug. At the age of Five, I stepped on the stage for the first time in the Greenbriar Elementary school talent show doing a scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Mom's idea). Sadly, two years later, the woman who put me on the stage for the first time, my mother lost her battle with breast cancer.

Early Education...
I acquired a wonderful new mother named Colleen and had begun to learn all I could about musical theatre. This began with Broadway Camp at the Indianapolis JCC. Under the direction of Terry Schildcrout, I did my first shows and started to develop a real love for the art form. High school brought some of the finest training I could ever have gotten. I became a member of the North Central Counterpoints showchoir and under the direction of Pat Wiehe, I learned how to become a great performer. I also began studying classical voice with Steven Rickards who became a truly wonderful mentor. Senior year, I got to tackle every character actor's dream role when I was cast as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof; the role that cemented my desire to be a performer. During the summers of 1997 and 1999, I also was fortuntate enough to attend Interlochen Arts Camp, where I met some of the finest young performers ever. Those summers were intense and busy and truly some of the best times of my life.

College Life...
College brought me to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Frankly, college was nothing like I thought it would be. Everything was questioned, everything was tested, and I learned some of the less glamorous aspects of the business. Punctuated by summer stints at Six Flags, The Barn Theatre, and one summer back in Indianapolis doing Ragtime, I learned what it was really like to be a professional actor. I also discovered the world of cabaret performing and in my final 2 years of school, I arranged and performed 5 one man cabarets. Senior year saw me take on the role of The Governor of Texas in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, for which I was nominated for the American College Theatre Festival's Irene Ryan award. Truly an amazing honor. I graduated in four years and then kissed the midwest goodbye and headed to New York.

Since Then...
2 national tours, 1 international tour, 2 off-broadway shows, a handful of regional theatre, readings, workshops, a broadway concert, 7 albums, a cruise ship contract, 3 solo shows, 2 television shows, a MAC Award, a Broadwayworld award, an IRNE award nomination, and currently filming my first movie. What's next? I can't wait to find out!

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