I write screenplays and stage plays and love to teach theater. I recently won the 2012 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition for my screenplay, The P.A.N.D.A. War. That script has since been optioned by Dirty Monty. I won the 2011 AAA Screenplay Competition sponsored by Creative Screenwriting Magazine as well as the 2011 Expo Screenplay One-Hour Teleplay Competition. I am the winner of the Jerome Johanning Playwriting Memorial Award and the Joel Climenhaga Playwriting Award, the Imaginary Academy Screenwriting Scholarship (Groznjan, Croatia), and was a Post Road Literary Review “Recommended Playwright.”
In addition to writing, I am an actor and former stand-up comic from Chicago, having performed in numerous plays and venues there, including playing the comic lead in the world professional premiere of The Frogs by Stephen Sondheim and touring with the world-famous The Waveland Radio Playhouse (“world,” in this case, meaning “mostly drunk comedians”).
I have an M.A. in Theatre from Kansas State University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Ohio University. I have taught and created theater for students from grade schools to colleges to prisons.* Along with teaching, I want to continue to write with unrivaled heart and humanity.
Thanks for visiting, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about me and/or my work.
Write hard and finish.
*I should note that is not a route of matriculation I endorse.