Vocal Range: 1st Tenor to 2nd Baritone · Height: 6 ft · Weight: 200 · Hair Color: Salt & pepper brown · Eye Color: Blue · Training: 40 years professional, regional, and community theatre; University of Mississippi, 1991 · Special Skills: Singer, playwright, puppet construction, public relations & show publicity, costuming, props · Hometown: New Orleans, LA · Occupation: Actor
A proud member of Actors Equity Association and a New Orleans actor since 1992, Vatican has worked extensively throughout the city, both on and offstage, and around the South, most notably in Atlanta, GA. He is the author of several plays and radio dramas and comedies, as well as the ...Read More
A proud member of Actors Equity Association and a New Orleans actor since 1992, Vatican has worked extensively throughout the city, both on and offstage, and around the South, most notably in Atlanta, GA. He is the author of several plays and radio dramas and comedies, as well as the co-author and co-star of the hit original family musical "Treehouse Player's Rapunzel" which played in New Orleans for two years before being chosen as the inaugural production for President Clinton's Americorps program in 1994. The show toured throughout the Deep South for 9 months.
His career is based upon originating memorable performances in the New Orleans premieres of over 40 major musicals and plays, including his award winning performances in "Opus" (as Dorian); "Scandalous!" (the American premiere, as John Galsworthy); "Grand Hotel: The Musical" (as Baron von Gaigern),and "Miss Saigon" (as The Engineer). He originated the roles of 'Beth/Bob' and '82nd Airborne Commander' for the concept musical "Nine Lives" with Michael Cerveris & Harry Shearer, performing the roles for three years in a series of staged concerts and the original cast recording available on Amazon. He is also a devoted practitioner of family theatre, and worked for 18 years in the now-defunct Childrens Corner of the old Le Petit Theatre.
Along with his husband of 25 years Edward R. Cox, he is one of the primary subjects in the documentary "30 Days In The Bowl" distributed by Sideways Films, London. He also has roles in the motion pictures "The Butler," "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," and "Free Spirits-The Movie." On television, "Treme," "Common Law," "Final Witness", "American Horror Story: Coven", and a featured role in "Scream Queens".
Vatican is prominently featured in two books about New Orleans theatre history: "The Soul of the City: Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre of New Orleans" by Dr. Rebecca Fletcher Hale, and "Just Who is Stocker Fontelieu, Anyway?" by Michael Cahill, the definitive volumes on New Orleans theatre in the 20th century.
Vatican is also well-known to local television and radio audiences, beginning with his frequent publicity appearances on regional television. From 2008 to 2010, he was the host of his own classical music show, "The Sunday Classics", heard every Sunday on public radio. Carnival fans around the world know him as Professor Carl Nivale, the Mardi Gras expert for WWL-TV's Morning Show with Eric Paulsen. In 2019, he wrote and starred in "The Professor Carl Nivale Show" and became Mayor Latoya Cantrell's official parade narrator at Gallier Hall throughout the Carnival season.
He is the producer and director for the Louisiana Mainstreet New Music Theatre Festival, returning to New Orleans in 2021, as well as the Managing Director and Co-Producer for Left of Center Stages, which produces the NOLA Voice Theatre series of shows.
Stage Awards and Nominations:
Winner, Best One-Act, Storer Boone Awards for "Treehouse Players's Rapunzel" (book & lyrics)
Winner, Best Actor in a Musical, Storer Boone Awards for "Grand Hotel: The Musical"
Winner, Marquee Theatre Award for "Grand Hotel: The Musical"
Nominated, Best Actor in a Comedy, Storer Boone Awards for "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Nominated, Best Actor in a Musical, The Ambie Awards for "Jesus Christ Superstar" (declined nomination)
Nominated, Best Actor in a Musical, The Ambie Awards 2009, for "Miss Saigon."
Nominated, Best Actor in a Musical, Big Easy Awards 2009 for "Miss Saigon"
Nominated, Best Actor in a Musical, Storer Boone Awards, 2009 for "Miss Saigon"
Winner, Best Actor in a Musical, Marquee Theatre Awards 2009, for "Miss Saigon."
Winner, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Storer Boone Awards 2010, for "Scandalous."
Winner, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, Storer Boone Awards, 2010, for "Opus."
Winner, MVP Award, NOLA Voice Talent Foundation Awards, 2015.
"Scream Queens", FOX TV series, "Professor", Ep. 5
"American Horror Story: Coven", FX series, "Lead Dancer", Ep. 5
"Final Witness", ABC TV pilot, 'Hotel Manager', Ep. 1, 2012
"Free Spirits"-independent film, "Jack Waggoner" 2011
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"-Paramount Pictures, 'Bounty Hunter' 2011
"30 Days in the Bowl"-documentary, featured subject 2010
Creator of "Professor Carl Nivale™", Carnival expert for WWL-TV 4's Morning Show, 1996-present
Host of "The Sunday Brunch" on 89.9 WWNO FM, every Sunday 2008-2010
Traffic reporter/on-air talent for KKND-106FM's "The Rod Ryan Show" (as "Paul Christopher"), 1998-2000
Television commercial, "Reserve Long Distance", Reserve Telephone Co., Reserve, LA
Asst. Editor/Layout Artist/Features writer, "Vive la Vie Magazine", 2001-2003
Various characters, "Louisiana Lottery" radio spots, 2000
'Bobo the Clown', Ochsner Health Care radio spot, 2001
"Mrs. Weasley", Blockbuster Video radio spot, 2001
Featured jingle vocalist, Sam's Town Casino radio spot, 2000
Costumed character, Peugeot Automobile's "Mardi Gras" print ad, 1996
Web designer for Porta-Puppet Players, Alison Fraser, Bitter or Better, Morning Call, Vive la Vie Magazine, Treehouse Players of New Orleans, Edward R. Cox