I was born on May 16th, 1978 as the third and final child of parents, George and Souad Shrime, both Lebanese immigrants. I spent the first 18 years of my life in Dallas, Texas, and most of my pre-college performance experience consisted of song and dance. I began singing in the summer of 1992 quite by accident, and have trained as a lyric tenor ever since. Singing led to dance in which I immersed myself at least forty hours per week, studying ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and acrobatics.
In 1996, I began studying at Harvard University. Despite my choice of Economics as a major, however, performance remained my primary focus, and I studied acting with faculty members of the American Repertory Theater, including Jeremy Geidt and Marcus Stern. I also had the opportunity to work with Obie-Award winning director, Elizabeth Swados, in an original musical entitled Cantata 2000. Performing in at least one or two shows every semester, I was able to work consistently in college, participating in everything from musicals to Shakespeare. In the summer of 1999, I attended the Shakespeare Intensive course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, in London.
I moved to New York in October of 2000 to pursue acting professionally, and in order to continue practicing, I enrolled in the 2 year conservatory program at the William Esper Studio, where I studied with Bill Esper. Along with my studies at the studio, I have continued voice work, and have studied the Williamson Technique at the Actor's Movement Studio.
In 2003, I founded the Incumbo Theater Company with three of my peers from the William Esper Studio. It is dedicated to the promotion and production of as-yet unpublished plays, with the goal of forming strong alliance with one or several playwrights and working closely with them in the future.
The following year I was most fortunate to get involved as an actor with the NY Arab-American Comedy Festival. Shortly thereafter, I took over as their Industry Coordinator, and soon also became a producer and director with the Festival as well.
In January of 2008, I moved to Los Angeles, and founded The Middle Eastern Comedy Festival with a good friend and co-producer, Ronnie Khalil. The Festival immediately garnered the attention of Disney|ABC Television, FOX, and 89.3 KPCC, who all jumped on as sponsors in our first year.
Through so many unforeseen twists and turns, my career has continued to evolve in ways I never would have imagined, and every new opportunity bring with it an entirely fresh way of looking not only at my career, but at the process of acting as a whole. And while acting has continued to be my passion, I have found that through writing and producing, I have been able to explore other aspects of the entertainment industry that bring me immense creative fulfillment as well.
My journey thus far has given me the freedom to explore myself and the world by inhabiting the minds of such a wide range of characters, allowing me to discover worlds and ideas that continually bring me so much inspiration and so much light. And to my continued excitement and amazement, no matter how deeply I delve, there will always be more to experience, more to learn and more to give, and that inspiration continues to push me forward.