Welcome to TMTC! This is your first time performing with us –
Q: Where are you from originally?
T: Oswego, IL.
Q: Where do you currently reside?
T: I’m a nomad right now, as I’m on tour with Once: the Musical, but I call Chicago home, particularly the Ravenswood/Lincoln Square neighborhood.
Q: You frequently perform as an actor in town – can you remind us where we may have seen you?
T: Yes! Most recently I played Charity in Sweet Charity at Writers’ Theatre. Prior to that I was in My One and Only at the Marriott Theatre (where I’ve performed in a few shows), preceded by Eastland at Lookingglass Theatre.
Q: When did you begin writing?
T: I wrote extremely sporadically throughout my adolescence, but it wasn’t until I started playing ukulele and collaborating with my friend, Jon Drake (of Jon Drake and the Shakes), in 2009 that I really started to make things that I was inspired to show other people.
Q: Who else will be joining you on 10/14?
T: Claire Wellin, who is also in Once: the Musical and Cassidy Shea Stirtz.
Q: How did you meet your band mates?
T: Claire and I met during Eastland at Lookingglass in 2012. Cassidy and I met in college at Millikin University. So far I’ve only played with either just Claire or just Cassidy – I am excited because this is our first time playing together as a trio, which we’ve been trying to make happen for the better part of a year.
Q: Describe the type of music you like to sing?
T: Melodic and romantic with folk and jazz influence. Think of Judy Garland mixed with old Disney film scores mixed with Joanna Newsom. I like to call what we do “Cinderella folk.”
Q: Describe your aesthetic in five words or less?
T: Romantic with a touch-a whimsy.
T: Mostly originals, a few favorite covers, and a couple of tunes from Once: the Musical. We’ll also throw in a few songs from Claire’s band (which Cassidy and I also play in), Youth in a Roman Field.
Q: What inspires you to sing? What inspires you to write?
T: I find myself constantly singing, so I probably couldn’t tell you what inspires me to do that. Breathing? As far as writing, I’m definitely inspired when I see a really amazing live show. I know an artist is good when I leave their performance itching to write. Also, life!
Q: What’s your favorite color?
T: Mustard. And mint.