Newman got stage work right out of school, heading to New York, and making appearances in off-Broadway showcases and on the NBC soap “Somerset.” He auditioned for the Negro Ensemble Company’s “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” and didn’t get in, but got called when the troupe needed performers for its D.C. tour. He earned his Equity card — has always kept it — and began picking up local acting gigs, including several shows at Arena Stage.
Still, it didn’t take long for him to decide to enroll in Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. “I grew up here, where every other person’s a lawyer,” Newman explains. “It was always if I wasn’t going to be an actor, I was going to be a lawyer.”
“But hold on,” he adds. “While this was going on, I would still be doing shows. I remember walking out of torts class, and everybody saying, ‘You’re crazy.’ I was in a show at Arena at the time. That’s when I was doing ‘Julius Caesar.’?”
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