I pivoted!

After a 14-year career in nonprofit theatre that progressed from acting to production and leadership, I returned to school to better understand the advantages and disadvantages of different communities and to learn how to truly listen—how to engage with others on their terms and at their discretion.

Now, having earned my bachelor’s from UVA with coursework focused on policy, inequity, and analytical writing, I am applying to graduate school to focus on the work I plan to engage in moving forward: advancement, programming, and leadership in direct service nonprofits.

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May 29th, 2023

Last fall, I focused largely on social structures: race, class, and politics. In the spring, I focused on reasoning: rationality, logical reasoning, behavioral science, and the foundations of public policy. This fall, I’m working on economic and legal structures: philosophy of economics, philosophical problems in law, and ethics.

December 10th, 2022

I had an enlightening and unforgettable experience working for Habitat for Humanity here in Charlottesville this fall. This incredible team welcomed me in and unforgettably exposed me to the realities of the affordable housing crises here and across the country. The ambitious projects this affiliate has undertaken in both their building projects and their political advocacy—while unique to this area—highlight a path forward that I hope to rejoin someday.

April 29th, 2022

It’s happening! Exactly one year ago, I decided I was going to explore pre-law studies at UVA (what, like it’s hard?), and immediately enrolled at VHCC where I managed to cram the first two years of a bachelor’s degree into 15 months. I made the president’s honor list for having a 4.0 GPA, was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the Sociedad Honoraria de la Lengua Español, and—just last night—was accepted to UVA to continue my path toward a career in law.

I’m excited, friends. Good things are happening, and good things are to come! I’ll work hard to be sure of it.

April 13th, 2022

Happy birthday to my distant cousin, Thomas Jefferson!

I’ve known for a few years that one of my cousins was Armistead Churchill Gordon (lawyer, attended UVA, was rector there in 1890s after the Rotunda fire), but I found out just this year that I’m linked through him to William Randolph (Armistead’s great-great-grandfather) and his notable descendants, including T.J. and Chief Justice John Marshall.

August 30th, 2021

Excited to relate that I’m one of nine other students to make the President’s list in my first semester back in college: 4.0 GPA over 17 credits. There is no rust on these wheels. Law school or bust!

May 27th, 2021

Back to school! I’ve always had a passion for advocating for others in my private life, for taking up their stories and relaying them to those with the power to correct whatever wrongs had been done. In recent years, that passion has crept into my professional life as well. Now, it’s clear that another path will allow me to pursue that work exclusively: law. And that’s where I’m headed, to lend a hand in defending and advancing the rights of others. Classes start today!

This ride won’t stop until I have “esquire” after my name.

June 15th, 2018

Excited to announce that I’ll be joining several dear friends (and a few new ones!) to form a new company in Georgia called Newnan Shakes! We’re putting up an outdoor production of Midsummer in the park, right in the town of Newnan, about 45 minutes south of Atlanta. Growing my beard back to take on Theseus, Oberon and Snout in this new, six-person cut.

Check us out!
—> www.newnanshakes.com

June 8th, 2018

We wrapped the 2017/2018 Encore Players tour today, closing our second production (the new musical Clementine by Catherine Bush and Dax Dupuy) after Hitting the road in February. Over 100 performances, more than 64,000 audience members served, and 20 states covered just since February. But I’m not unpacking my suitcase yet—there’s more to come!

December 22nd, 2017

Just capped off our 45-day holiday tour of Twas the Night Before Christmas with 55 performances and 31,082 audience members served. We quickly covered 9 states on this tour, from South Carolina to the Town Hall Theatre in NYC and dozens of cities in between.

Pound, VA • Big Stone Gap, VA • Pennington Gap, VA • Mountain City, TN • Clintwood, VA • Grundy, VA • Pineville, KY • Greeneville,  TN • Cheraw, SC • Gray, TN • Marion, VA • Clifton Forge, VA • Mahopac, NY • New York, NY • Hampstead, NY • Cedar Grove, NJ • Upper Darby, PA • Raleigh, NC • Hickory, NC • Greenville, SC • Charlotte, NC • Winston Salem, NC • Richlands, VA • Pennington Gap, VA • West Milford, NJ • Lodi, NJ • Montclair, NJ • Millburn, NJ • Bronx, NY • Jamaica, NY • Flushing, NY

September 8th, 2017

Starting back very soon with the Encore Players to tour two shows from November 2017 to July 2018! But first, taking a personal tour around the Caribbean for eight days…we’ll call this one “self-produced.” See you in the fall!

January 28th, 2016

“We speak in order to bring about a change. Silence frequently implies agreement. Speaking is an action; it is designed to have an effect.” Giles Block’s job title is Master of the Words for a reason. Exploring his wisdom as I work on Othello today.

January 1st, 2016

Spending the New Year’s weekend in Colonial Williamsburg with my heart-holder! I did some reflective math for the new year: I’ve been part of over 1,300 performances of 42 productions in my last few years at Barter Theatre, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Here’s to 2016 and production #43, Othello, coming soon!

December 24th, 2015

The Frosty tour came to an end in New York today. We managed to fit 43 performances into 6 weeks, traveling to 22 cities between the Northeast and Canada and serving 28,185 audience members.

August 16th, 2015

I was gifted a free month between contracts, so I’ll be switching it up as Production Assistant on a jukebox show for two weeks and Stage Managing a playwriting/reading festival after that.

August 13th, 2015

Closing my 27-month run as a Barter Player and opening a new chapter as an Encore Player! I’ll be touring Jack & the Beanstalk around the southeast, then the musical Frosty around the Northeast and Canada. Then it’s back to Virginia in January to open Othello.

May 10th, 2015

Performing in the ensemble of Mary Poppins this summer, singing and dancing the parts of five different characters. I’m the one with the wild costume…not specific enough? Props to Howard  Kaplan for making us look fabulous!

September 29th, 2014

The leaves are turning and the fall rep is underway! Performing as Matthew in Anne of Green Gables while on deck and understudying Sherlock Holmes in Hound of the Baskervilles. And rehearsal for tour has begun!

August 31st, 2014

We were challenged by the American Shakespeare Center and we accepted! Here’s the video I created to spread the challenge.

August 16th, 2014

Putting the summer rep to bed tonight.
95 performances of 5 productions in 3 months. That’s how you Barter. Now to a week’s vacation and then we start all over again! Magical.

June 22nd, 2014

First full day of staging for the new musical Winter Wheat by Catherine Bush & Ben Mackel! This and two more shows to get the entire summer rep on its feet!

June 21st, 2014

Halfway through previews for Facility for Living and opening this Sunday, June 29th! Here is tonight’s “Saturday Intermission Pic” for BroadwayWorld.com. Caption: Getting pissed in A Facility for Living at Barter Theatre…once we find Wally’s Catheter bag!

February 22nd, 2014

Learned my casting for this summer: I’ll be Kevin in A Facility for Living and TBA in a two-week workshop run of the new musical Winter Wheat by Catherine Bush and Ben Mackel. Player shows with TBA casting: Jack & the Beanstalk, Bridge to Terabithia, Winnie the Pooh and Sleeping Beauty.

December 24th, 2013

Happy Holidays from the Barter Players! Once the new year hits, we’ll be taking three shows on tour until April: Macbeth, Little House on the Prairie and The Emperor’s New Clothes, then back home to Barter HQ!

September 25th, 2013

Opened Little House on the Prairie for a great audience this morning, then crossed the street for day two of Dial “M” for Murder  tech. The fall rep is nearly up and I’ve already got my script for ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, our holiday show.

March 14th, 2013

REVIEW: “Sean Michael Flattery, a Barter newcomer with a relatively minor role as Brooke in Little Women but who is excellent in Walking Across Egypt (also playing now) brings a special look and talent to Barter this spring. Watch this guy — he has ‘great future’ written all over him.” –Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier


This year, I’m working on economic, legal, and social structures:

Philosophy of Economics
Philosophical Problems in Law
Contemporary Ethics
Inequality in U.S. Social Policy
Gender-based Violence and Justice
Feminist Philosophy
Philosophy of Reproductive Healthcare
Commodifying Race, Gender, Sexuality