Growing up in Memphis, TN, Adam showed early promise as a performer with the ability to sing the “A, B, Cs” at a mere 18 months of age (a fact his mother likes to recount to anyone who will listen). While in the first grade at St. Ann Catholic School, Adam got so excited to see the spring musical, The Wizard of Oz, he threw up on the living room carpet and was relegated to the couch for the remainder of the evening. As a result, he had to wait an entire year for his introduction to musical theatre. That musical was...(wait for it)...Annie. Perhaps it was the feeling of a kindred spirit in the curly-headed orphan, but Adam was (in the words of his Mee-Maw) “bit by the bug”. He made his theatrical debut two years later in the Bartlett Community Children’s Theatre production of The Magician’s Nephew. He played the role of... (wait for it)...the frog. There are no small parts...
Adam’s first professional acting job was in the 8th grade. He played the role of Edmund in Circuit Playhouse’s production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and got paid to perform matinees for bratty school children who laughed when he got slapped by the White Witch. It wasn’t until Adam was a senior in high school that he found his passion for dance. It happened while playing Mark in...(as if this story isn’t cliche enough)...A Chorus Line. It was also the first time he got to work with a professional from NYC (dir. Mitzi Hamilton).
At the age of seventeen, Adam moved to NYC(ish) to attend Adelphi University in Garden City, Long Island. It’s there that he began his serious dance training while honing his skills as an actor that eventually earned him an Irene Ryan nomination. He graduated with a BFA in acting and a Dance Minor, but only after taking a year long hiatus to join the national tour of Cats (Skimbleshanks). Going back to school after taking a year off granted Adam a lifetime of good karma.
After college, Adam moved to NYC (for real this time) where he continued his career as a professional performer for many years. He currently resides in Los Angeles. He owes a special thanks to the Memphis theatre community for nurturing his talents as a child and always pushing him to believe he could be more than just a frog.