I hail from the explosive jetsam of a multitude of high-mass stars that died more than 5 billion years ago, but was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. As a child, I couldn’t be luckier to have the loving family who encouraged me to partake in the arts, whether it be, singing, dancing, acting or playing piano. After studying Music Theatre and graduating from The Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music I have been living in New York, walking a path that promotes the creative and healthy lifestyle I desire.
The world we live in is a participatory environment and as the great Werner Heisenberg stated, “What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” Following that train of thought, I find adventure around every corner and embrace any challenge thrown at me. The world is my playground and I search for the valuable lessons and opportunities it has to offer.
I’m a nerd at heart and when I’m not on stage you can find me nose deep in an astrophysics book, cruising on my longboard, writing music, or just observing the interesting individuals who surround me. To keep up with my ever-changing life, I also obtained my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate in order to understand and maintain a constant state of good health. But enough about me…
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Mack as Huckleberry Finn in Big River at Casa Manana Theatre in Ft. Worth, Texas
Alvin Crawford (left) and Mack Shirilla (right) in Big River at Casa Manana in Ft. Worth, Texas
Follies at Baldwin Wallace University
Mack as George in Spring Awakening at The Beck Center for the Arts in Cleveland, Ohio
Spring Awakening at The Beck Center for the Arts in Cleveland, Ohio
Mack as Jim Ferrell in Titanic at Baldwin Wallace University
Titanic at Baldwin Wallace University
This past September I was fortunate enough to play Huckleberry Finn in Big River at Casa Manana Theatre in Fort Worth Texas. Directed by the one and only Eric Woodall. Thank you to everyone in the cast and crew for making that show one of a kind.
After 4 years of hard work I am happy to announce that the Baldwin Wallace University’s Showcase this past April was a success. I am proud to be represented by Abram’s Artists Agency for theatre, film, television, and commercial.
Get ready because here comes the Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Class of 2013! Mid April, myself and the rest of my class will be traveling to New York City to perform our showcase and take that next big step towards our professional careers! Wednesday, April 10th we will be performing a showing of our showcase for all of our friends and family back at Baldwin Wallace in the John Patrick Theatre.
Recently Mack was able to portray the role of Kevin in Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" at BW. The show was a huge success and got rave reviews from some of Cleveland's most respected critics with comments such as "a cut above the rest" and "the Broadway experience". This is just one of the many excellent shows Baldwin Wallace has produced and keep an eye for the many more to come.
I am pumped to announce that I am member of the Actor’s Equity Association. Now, on to the next show!