As a college student at Johns Hopkins University, Isaac is the oldest MD Theatre Guide’s Rising Star so far, but I’ve watched him on stage for years and from the first time I saw him, I knew he has a special talent.
I have seen you in many community theatre shows, and I know that there have been many more performances through your high school theatre program at Friends. You always look so comfortable and natural on stage. When did you know you wanted to act?
I’ve been performing since I was 7 years old in a variety of community and children’s theatres, so the stage was a part of growing up for me. I’ve known I wanted to be an actor since before I can remember, there’s never really been any doubt in my mind that that is what I want to do. I fell in love with it the second I stepped on stage for the first time, and I’ve loved it ever since.
What was the first show you performed in?
The Pied Piper at 3 Ring Theatre in 2004.
What was your favorite role/show you have been in?
Godspell is my favorite musical to perform in. I’ve done it twice, once as a member of the ensemble and once as Jesus, and each time has been incredibly special to me. It’s one of those shows where, no matter what role you have, you end up having a lot of fun and growing really close to your cast members.
What is the most memorable acting advice you received?
In 8th grade one of my acting coaches told me, “If you can be happy doing anything else, don’t act.”
Why do you like acting so much?
Acting is always new, different, challenging, and exciting. It’s never easy, and it’s always fun. It also combines my favorite disciplines: literary analysis and the study of human thought and emotion. And, when you get that spark of inspiration, even for a second, it’s the most intense, mystifying, satisfying feeling there is. It’s an incomparable joy to act.
Where can we see you on stage next?
I will be performing as Gus in Memorial Players’ production of Arcadia this upcoming November.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I hope to be at Drama School or else performing professionally on stage or on screen.
What advice would you pass along to actors just beginning?
Find a mentor that you really admire and trust to guide you through the early years. I would not be where I am today without the steady hand of Jimi Kinstle. Mentorship by a professional can develop your skills and also provide a lifelong friendship.
Thanks so much Isaac! I am looking forward to seeing you in Arcadia.