“I am a Midwest transplant straight from the corn-covered, manure-laden state of Ohio. You’d think those are putdowns, but they are not. Ohioans love their corn and the smell of manure means money.”
Having embarked upon the stage from a young age, Aaron’s inaugural role was that of Curly in Peter Pan, and he does not take full responsibility for shooting Wendy with that arrow, insisting that had Pan provided a proper education to the Lost Boys, he could have easily discerned the difference between a bird and a human girl.
A practitioner of improvisation since the mid-1990s, Aaron possesses an unswerving passion for the stage and the diverse forms of artistic expression it encompasses. His journey has encompassed appearances in plays, musicals, country music and rock bands, barbershop quartets, choirs, and much more. He has authored sketches, graced performances, and commanded the attention of audiences exceeding 10,000 individuals. He is a public speaker as well.
Over the course of more than three decades subsequent to the Wendy/Bird incident, Aaron’s performance repertoire has expanded considerably. He has undertaken numerous roles in musicals, including standout appearances in Showboat, Carousel, Camelot (Lionel), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), The Sound of Music (Rolf Gruber), West Side Story (Bernardo), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour Krelborn), The Mikado (Grand Pooh-Bah), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), and Music Man (Marcellus Washburn), among others. Beyond musical roles, he has assumed a pivotal position in the Living Word Outdoor Drama, playing Judas Iscariot in 1-2 performances per week over several years.
Transitioning from the stage, Aaron ventured into the realms of directing and playwriting, focusing on productions geared toward children and teenagers. He imparted his expertise through summer workshops and day camps, subsequently taking on the roles of producer and director for larger-scale shows. Notable among these are The Drowsy Chaperone and a well-received rendition of Into the Woods.
The year 2020 marked a pivotal change for Aaron as he departed from the IT industry, his primary occupation most of his life, relocating to New York City to wholeheartedly dedicate himself to creative pursuits. His engagement in producing, directing, and improvisational work persists, with his presence being felt throughout the city. Whether rehearsing, instructing, or orchestrating both on and off the stage, Aaron remains an active force in the artistic landscape.
He is currently Head Usher at Playhouse 46 and Creative Director of Spark Improv, an innovative technology-focused improv troupe. He still utilizes his lifetime of IT knowledge as a freelance Sound and Lighting Designer for off-Broadway and improv theaters in New York City.