Cody was born and raised in Lake City, MN and from a young age, has shown an interest in the arts. He was a part of a handful of productions during his early years at Lincoln High School. He decided to attend Winona State University (Winona, MN) upon graduating from high school in 2010. He attended Winona State for one year as a Mass Communication: Broadcasting major and Theatre Arts minor. He was involved in the WSU spring production of "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui". After the 2010-11 school year, he took a year off, to explore other options. He returned to school in 2012-13 at Rochester Community Technical College in Rochester, MN. He spent two years there, but did not participate in any theatre productions or classes. It wasn't until he returned to Winona State in Fall of 2014, that he returned to theatre. He was cast in the role of Dad in "Leaving Iowa" and since that time he has been involved in at least one theatrical production, per semester, at Winona State. In Fall 2016, he decided to pursue a degree as a theatre major. In Fall 2016, Cody was cast as Sims/Papa in Winona State's production of "The Nether", this was Cody's acting capstone as a theatre major at Winona State. Cody graduated as a double major, with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Broadcasting and Theatre Arts in May 2017.
You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."
Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what's apparently different, then finding myself in there."
- The Children's Hour (Staged Reading) / Joe / The Alternative Truth Project / 2017
- 12 Angry Jurors (Staged Reading) / Juror #8 / Arts in the Hall / 2017
- Oh, What A Lovely War! / Sir Douglas Haig & Ensemble / Winona State University / 2017
- The Nether / Sims/Papa / Winona State University / 2016
- As You Like It / Touchstone / Winona State University / 2016
- The Cat in the Hat (Traveling Tour) / The Fish / Winona State University / 2016
- Elephant's Graveyard / Ringmaster / Winona State University / 2015
- August: Osage County / Charlie Aiken / Winona State University / 2015
- Leaving Iowa / Dad / Winona State University / 2014
- The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui / Old Dogsborough / Winona State University / 2011
- Grease / Kenickie / Lincoln High School / 2009
- The King & I / Prince Chulalongkorn / Lincoln High School / 2004
- The Mask / Aaron / Gerbay Films / 2017
- Becoming Vasser / Tony / Gerbay Films / post-production
Cody just finished his final year in college. He played the role of Sims/Papa in "The Nether" during the Fall semester, this was his acting capstone for his theatre major at Winona State. He went to ACTF for a fourth and final time in January 2017 as an Irene Ryan nominee. He made it to the semi-finals for the second year in a row (this time with partner Sam Scherrer). They were one pair of just 64 that advanced to the semi-finals. For the first time ever, Cody also advanced to the finals in the Irene Ryan acting competition. That means him and his partner were one of only fourteen pairs that advanced to that final round. During the Spring semester he was involved in "Oh What a Lovely War!". As a member of the ensemble, he played eight different roles, including Sir Douglas Haig. A short month later, Cody graduated from Winona State. In July 2017 he was cast as Juror #8 (the role made famous by Henry Fonda in the 1957 film) in a staged reading of "12 Angry Jurors" for a new arts program in Winona, MN called "Arts in the Hall". Cody is also involved in another staged reading in mid-October 2017 for the Alternative Truth Project in Winona, MN. Also in October, Cody's feature film debut will take place with the release of "The Mask" from Gerbay Films.
Awards & Recognition
Cody is a three-time American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) Region V Irene Ryan nominee for his performances in "Leaving Iowa", "August: Osage County", and "As You Like It". He has advanced to the semi-finals of the Irene Ryan competition at ACTF three times. Once as an acting partner with nominee Tiffany Streng (in January 2011); again as a nominee with partner Amy Kennedy (in January 2016); and again as a nominee with partner Samuel Scherrer (in January 2017). He also has advanced to the finals of the Irene Ryan competition once (in January 2017). In May 2015, Cody was inducted into Alpha Psi Omega (APO), an honorary theatre society. In May 2016, he was elected as the Vice President of the Winona State chapter of APO for the 2016-17 school year. In May 2017, he graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts & MCOM: Broadcasting and was also selected as the "Outstanding Student" for the Theatre & Dance department during Winona State's "Evening of Distinction" ceremony.