At This Evening's Performance

At This Evening's Performance

A backstage comical farce filled with romantic entanglements, political intrigue, and me!

At North Coast Repertory Theater July 12-August 13.

Photo by Aaron Rumley

The Illusion

The Illusion

My first of three characters in Tony Kushner's play. Michael Polack is my perpetual rival.

At North Coast Repertory Theater February 22-March 19.

Photo by Aaron Rumley

The Illusion

The Illusion

Tony Kushner's play conjures three illusions, each with new characters and fates. This one has a sword-ed love triangle.

With Michael Polack at North Coast Repertory Theatre February 22-March 19.

Photo by Aaron Rumley

The Illusion

The Illusion

The truly delightful cast of Tony Kushner's THE ILLUSION.

At North Coast Repertory Theatre February 22-March 19th.

Photo by Aaron Rumley

Kaidan Project

Kaidan Project

Playing Lafcadio Hearn, real-life teller of Japanese ghost stories, in a new project with Rogue Artists Ensemble/East West Players.

At the Japanese Garden, Van Nuys.

/peh-LO-tah/

/peh-LO-tah/

Casting shadow magic for a new multi-disciplinary project about soccer and its political/economic/social/personal significance. 

Workshops in Atlanta, MCA Chicago, and San Francisco.

/peh-LO-tah/

/peh-LO-tah/

The project is led by award-winning poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph and directed by Michael John Garcés.

Workshops in Atlanta, MCA Chicago, and San Francisco.

The Superhero and His Charming Wife

The Superhero and His Charming Wife

Recently appeared in Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble's take on graphic novels, superheroes, and the unknown. I opened the show as a friendly neighborhood demon. 

At Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.

The Superhero and His Charming Wife

The Superhero and His Charming Wife

"Relax. Nothing's really changed. Except the course of your life."

At Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.

The Superhero and His Charming Wife

The Superhero and His Charming Wife

My graphic novel alter-ego self. Artwork by Caitlin McLaughlin.

With Not Man Apart at Highways in Santa Monica.

Wood Boy Dog Fish

Wood Boy Dog Fish

I appeared as the Fire Eater in Rogue Artist Ensemble's macabre take on the Pinocchio tale.

At the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles.

Wood Boy Dog Fish

Wood Boy Dog Fish

Me as the Fisherman in the opening number. The show featured masks, highly expressive physical performance, interactive sets, multiple puppetry traditions, projected media, and illusions.

At the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles.

Candide

Candide

I played Pangloss and a host of other characters in the world premiere Jon Jory adaptation. As clearly expressed by Scott Golden (Candide) in this shot, I was astonishing.

At Sacred Fools Theater Company in Los Angeles.

My First Commercial

My First Commercial

I booked my first commercial this year. A fun shoot for NBC/Seeso in downtown LA!

Look for me on the TV!

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

I recently appeared as Mr. Darcy in the classic Jane Austen tale. 

At Actors Co-op in Hollywood.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

With Greyson Chadwick as Elizabeth.

At Actors Co-op in Hollywood.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

"While [Sir Laurence] Olivier, in the film, played Mr. Darcy as a romantic figure, Turbiak gives us a forbidding man imprisoned in his own rectitude, whose romantic side is revealed only gradually as love shatters his compsure." --Arts in LA

Dirty Talk

Dirty Talk

I've been performing/collaborating on the new play DIRTY TALK, a three person docudrama drawing from real-life interviews and accounts of sexual assault/intrusion.

A timely and important conversation, we've toured colleges throughout Los Angeles this past year and beyond.

R&J

R&J

I played Julian (Juliet) in a gender-reversed adaptation of Shakespeare's star-crossed tragedy. 

Presented by Mine is Yours at Theatre of Note.

R&J

R&J

They meet.

At Theatre of Note.

R&J

R&J

They love.

At Theatre of Note.

Equivocation

Equivocation

I played Armin, Shakespeare's fool, as well as a dozen different characters. As the LA Times put it, "I could have sworn there was more than one Paul Turbiak."

At the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum.

 

Equivocation

Equivocation

As the "villainous" Father Henry Garnet. 

At the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum.

Equivocation

Equivocation

I also got to play Lady Macbeth for a hot second. And yes, I got to do the "Out, damned spot" bit.

At the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum.

Equivocation

Equivocation

The play's climax features a performance of MACBETH for king and court. I brought a little comic relief as the Porter.

At the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum.

The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter

The classic James Goldman take on royal rivalries. I played the conniving Geoffrey to mother Eleanor (Mariette Hartley) and brother Richard (Brendan Ford).

At the Colony Theatre, Burbank

The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter

With Mariette Hartley. "What family doesn't have its ups and downs?"

At the Colony Theatre, Burbank

The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter

Plotting around the Christmas tree with brother John (Doug Plaut).

At the Colony Theatre, Burbank

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Our first real look at my Mr. Hyde in Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation, directed by Mary Jo Duprey.

At Actors Co-op in Hollywood.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

In this adaptation, Hyde begins a relationship with a woman (played by Greyson Chadwick), allowing us to experience the growing humanity in the monster. 

At Actors Co-op in Hollywood.

 

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I also played Dr. HK Lanyon, Jekyll's jovial friend and confidant who meets an untimely end.

With Stephen Van Dorn.

Honest Ghosts

Honest Ghosts

I played Polonius in a Halloween immersive experience of HAMLET, directed by Alexis Macnab.

Notice that I always manage to find my light.

IT CAME FROM THE _____!

IT CAME FROM THE _____!

I played Dr. Ken Starr, a man in pursuit of Science (with a capital "S"), in this choose-your-own adventure comedy. At certain points throughout the show, the audience got to decide what happened next. Hilarity, love, and death ensued.

At Son of Semele in Los Angeles.

IT CAME FROM THE _____!

IT CAME FROM THE _____!

The full cast in pursuit of the unknown. I'm about to make a very bad pun.

At Son of Semele.

The Fifty Year Sword

The Fifty Year Sword

Acclaimed author Mark Z. Danielewski wrote and directed this dramatic telling of his latest work. Christine Marie and Ensemble created large-scale, cinematic shadows to help tell the tale.

At REDCAT.

The Fifty Year Sword

The Fifty Year Sword

I played an mysterious storyteller. Using mirror pieces, we stretched light across the screen, casting and changing shadows.

At REDCAT.

The Fifty Year Sword

The Fifty Year Sword

Shadows within shadows within shadows.

At REDCAT.

The Fifty Year Sword

The Fifty Year Sword

One of the perks of being a shadow actor is not having to worry about makeup.

At REDCAT.

Shadows and Light

Shadows and Light

A look behind the screen. We create stories, characters and worlds using hand-held lights, objects, bodies, and a little magic.

At REDCAT.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

I played Lysander in Shakespeare's classic tale of love and leg pulling.

At the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum.

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

I played Provost (and also took on Angelo and the Duke) at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. Director Ellen Geer set the play in 1968, giving the audience political and social context for this Shakespeare "problem play".

At the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

My first Equity role, playing Doctor Caius, the French physician battling rivals in pursuit of his love. My accent was so thick--Shakespeare wrote it into the text--that I never received a line note.

With Max Lawrence, Franc Ross, and (sparring partner) Gerald Rivers.

At the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum.

Shakespeare Selfie

Shakespeare Selfie

Students who come to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum get to take workshops, see the show, and have a Q and A with the cast. They also experience a 'living history' with Queen Elizabeth and William Shakespeare. One of my favorite things to do as an actor/teaching artist.

On set

On set

I've done a number of short films and sketches with Bel Air Drama Department (BADD).

Fellow actor Kevin Sizemore snuck this shot when I wasn't looking.

Beyond the Horizon

Beyond the Horizon

I played Andrew in the Pulitzer Prize winning Eugene O'Neill play, directed Chi-wang Yang. It was quite simply one of the best artistic experiences of my life.

At California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Beyond the Horizon

Beyond the Horizon

Brothers reunited after a rocky falling out.

With Christopher Young.

At California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Las Meninas

Las Meninas

I played an enigmatic painter in the Lynn Notage play, directed by Nataki Garrett. The mustache, unfortunately, is very real.

With Evan Cleaver.

At California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Hoppla, We're Alive!

Hoppla, We're Alive!

I played Wilhelm in the Ernst Toller play directed by Maureen Huskey. After seeing the costume sketches, I started doing a lot of pushups, crunches, and laps in the pool.

With Liam Springthorpe.

At California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).