B.A. Cultural Anthropology (Ithaca College), M.F.A. Classical Theatre (SMU-Meadows School of the Arts)
Actor in regional and Off Broadway. VP Client Experience in pro-audio industry. Startup entrepreneur of half a dozen companies. Capital raised for private equity ~$20 million. Executive Director / Corporate Development for university disaster management institute, philanthropic and in-kind donations raised ~$5 million+. Returned to creative writing after decades of writing business plans, marketing, & state and federal grants.
Written 2 screenplays.
Mrs. Montague - Romeo and Juliet meet at 75 years old. Romeo is long divorced from Rosaline and Juliet is widowed by Katrina. They set out to fill the years they have left and yet its their kids who don't want them to get married. Set in New Orleans present day at Mardi Gras. A music filled rom-com turns dark and continues to speak the universal themes of love and loss.
Purple Mountain Majesty - a small indie film about a father and daughter struggle to find a way out of decades of racism and deep misunderstanding on a road trip to Yellowstone National Park to spread mom's ashes.
Working on a couple other film in early stages of writing; a stage play; and an eco disaster sci-fi series.
I have always been a writer and almost completed a minor in creative writing. It feels great to dive deep into screenplays and wrestle the beast into being. I had no idea just how profound a moment it would be to my sense of being to complete my first screenplay and have it read out loud by extraordinary actors. After that, I have never looked back.
Lots to learn, no doubt, and learning that will never end. But deeply glad to have Stage32 as a colleague and fellow traveler.