Biography

I was born and raised in New Hampshire, that little chunk of a state shoved between Maine and Vermont. For the uninitiated, it’s where aspiring presidential candidates come to campaign every four years. I grew up as a mediocre athlete sitting on the football team’s bench in the autumn and pole-vaulting poorly on the track team in the spring. After coming to terms with my lack-of-athletic-prowess and graduating from high school, I went to college at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia because 1) they accepted me and 2) I needed to get away from New Hampshire. I majored in Philosophy because I thought it sounded cool at parties. When I graduated I learned how impractical that choice was. An early life existential crisis caused me to take an acting class, which triggered a series of events that would eventually send me to Boston, enroll in improv comedy classes, and eventually become part of Improv Asylum’s fledgling Touring Company.  A couple years later I helped start a theater company with some friends. I spent a few years acting in plays and improv shows only to learn I was a pretty terrible actor. It's not that I was terrible, it's that... no I was terrible. This was an important realization for me because it triggered my writing itch, which I haven't stopped scratching since. I eventually moved to Los Angeles and earned my MFA from USC School of Dramatic Arts.

My play HENRY AND THE HIPPOCAMPUS was a semi-finalist for O'Neil Playwrights Conference and a recipient of The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award. WAR PROFITS (Now titled LAST TO DIE FOR A LOST CAUSE) received the Kennedy Center’s John Cauble Award and was part of The Road Theater’s Summer Playwright’s Festival in 2015. A couple of my short plays have been published in Smith & Kraus “Best Ten-Minute Plays” anthologies, and another has been published by Commonplace Books. In 2013 I wrote a play called TALES FROM TENT CITY, about a group of runaway teenagers, and I have had the opportunity to workshop it with undergrad students at USC as well as at Loyola Marymount as part of their Playwrights Center Stage program. It was given a full production at Rogers State University in the Spring of 2016. 

Recent plays include WELCOME TO KEENE, NH, a response to Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN about my hometown as well as a series of linked plays called THE WAY WE ARE AND THE PROFITS OF WAR about young people in the United States joining the military and being sent to war.

I am currently working on COAT OF ARMS, an investigation of Polish identity, and NASHUA, a play about the fracturing of a family (can you fracture a thing that was never whole?)

You can find a selection of my plays listed on New Play Exchange.

I host a podcast, called The Subtext, where I interview playwrights. The Subtext ran for two years as a program of LA Stage Alliance. American Theatre Magazine has added The Subtext to their stable of podcasts. You can now find The Subtext at American Theatre Magazine's website or on iTunes at this link.

When not writing or The Subtext-ing, I work as the Artistic Director for Jedlicka Performing Arts Center at Morton College in Cicero, IL. 

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