I was born and raised primarily in Manhattan, but i lived for five years in Cairo, Egypt. I feel very lucky to have grown up in New York and been exposed to the great contrasts that made up the city in the 1970's and 80's. The greatest legacy of that time for me is my love of the Theater. Shows like Sweeney Todd and Nicholas Nickelby which I saw as a boy, and then the performances of Jeremy Irons in The Real Thing, Joe Mantegna in Glengarry Glen Ross and Bruce Willis in Fool For Love, which I saw just after college, convinced me that this world of storytelling and spectacle was the way I wanted to make my living.
It took a while longer for that dream to become a reality, but the terrorist attacks of September 11th and my role as a Taliban doctor in Tony Kushner's prescient masterpiece HOMEBODY/KABUL provided the unpredictable combination of incident and opportunity that changed my professional life. During the next several years I performed in many world and American premiere productions of some of the most powerful and political theater of the time. In New York, at Lincoln Center, The New Group, The Atlantic Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Mabou Mines and The Culture Project and regionally at Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theater of Washington D.C. and Baltimore Center Stage.
During these years I also worked on the west coast at La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep and The Brava Theater in San Francisco and with the great comedians and theater artists Culture Clash. I developed a community of friends and colleauges and soon that community and the opportunity to work in film and television brought me and my family to Los Angeles where we live today. My life has changed a great deal during this decade. I continue to be dedicated to this work and always grateful for the opportunity.