I have lived in Valdez, Alaska, since 2003. I work at Prince William
Sound Community College. I moved there to become the Coordinator for the Last
Frontier Theatre Conference, which I had been attending annually since 1995 because it is an AMAZING experience, one which you should
think about having… I mean, you're reading the coordinator's bio on his website, so it probably would be something you're
interested in… I also teach playwriting, directing, and acting as an adjunct instructor.
I moved there from San Francisco, where I had a wild ride in four years. I started off
coordinating a reading series for Footloose at Venue 9. From there,
I was brought on board Eureka Theatre as the Literary
Manager of that rendition of the Eureka Theatre. That led to an invitation to join the Board of the
Playwrights Center of San Francisco. My second year,
I formed Three Wise Monkeys Theatre Company with Aoise Stratford and the late Richard Bernier, as well
as the Unidentified Theatre Company with Donna Trousdale, Katy Brown, and the late Christopher Jenkins…
I know too many dead people from this time of my life. All the companies I worked with there were dedicated
to new work by playwrights living in the Bay Area.
None would be more influential than my work with Bradford Cooreman and Jennifer Garagliano's Rough
Theatre Company, who brought the then new concept of 24-hour theatre to San Francisco with their Daytrippers
productions. While the company only lasted a couple of years, it inspired me to start the Alaska Overnighters
in Anchorage, Alaska, which has been taking place 1-3 times a year since 2002. As soon as I post our total of
productions, it'll be out of date because we will have done more, but as of August 2016, we've produced
243 new short plays by 63 different writers. On that page there's a full
production history, posters, a how-to guide.
I'd moved to San Francisco after a one-year stint in L.A. where I interned for Skylark Films as a story
analyst, occasionally wrote, and went deeper and deeper in debt.
Before taking my stab at the golden ring of Hollywood success, I was based in Anchorage, where I attended the
program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. I enrolled in 1988 intending to keep acting (and also planning
to get an additional major in Accounting). I won a couple of awards, but my focus shifted to directing.
While there, I directed the North American premiere of Seamus Heaney's The Cure at Troy, and my production
of John Guare's The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year won me a "best director" award. I was also chosen as
"best assistant director" for my work on a very cool Suzuki production of Richard 3, directed by Michael
Hood. While still an undergraduate, I took over and ran (into the ground) the Alaskan Rough Theatre
Company, directing the world premiere of P. Shane Mitchell's The End of the Road, Woody Allen's Play
It Again, Sam and other productions.
In 1994, I began writing plays. I developed The Making of Eye Contact,
Domestic Companion, and Sand
& Granite On Liberty at UAA, getting my essential safe productions in a nurturing college environment.
Within a few years, my plays were also getting staged by local companies, including the
Eccentric Theatre Company and the now-defunct TOAST Theatre.
I've been fortunate enough to have a little list of companies who've been kind enough to stage my work… read all
about it on my CV. I've won national awards for my
short comedies Bile in the Afterlife,
In a Red Sea, The
Peach, The Bus, Burning,
The Fears of Harold Shivvers, and
In addition to being a playwright, my other true calling is to help other playwrights find their voice. I
first discovered this urge at the Last Frontier
Theatre Conference. I presented plays as part of their Play Lab for its first five years, placing
fifth one year and earning the respect of the critiquing panel, which included Michael Warren Powell,
Timothy Mason, William Hoffman, Ed Bullins, and other notable figures of American Theatre. Michael
offered me a membership in his New York Company, Circle East, and they have staged several of my short
plays in New York City. In 2001, I was awarded the Conference's Patricia Neal Acting Award.
I was born in Ithaca, New York, home to the lovely Cornell University and the lovely Thurston Avenue
Bridge, in 1970. I became both an Alaskan and an actor in 1984.