M.F.A. in Writing for Television and Film, University of Southern California
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Florida State University
B.A. in Theatre and Drama, Indiana University
Art: Charles Darwin University, Australia
I have had work optioned by or developed work with / for
- Amazon Studios
- Autopilot Entertainment
- Bad Robot
- Catapult Entertainment
- Dichotomy Creative Group
- Escape Artists
The “impressive” ones:
2020 Grand Prize Winner, Screencraft Cinematic Short Story Competition “Shell”
2016 Fellowship to the 2016 DreamAgo “Pen&Pellicule” Lovers In Their Right Mind.
(Room/board and workshop at a castle in Switzerland!)
2011 Amazon Studios Best Script Award, Children of Others
($20,000 prize, subsequently optioned / developed)
Random sampling of others:
2018 Semifinalist, Cinestory Episodic Fellowship Competition: Consensus.
Sundance Episodic Lab, Second Round, Jack 9, 2018
Orchard Project Episodic Lab, Second Round (top 3%) Consensus, Jack 9, 2018
WGAW Feature Writer Access Project , Second Round, The Clinic 2017
2017 Best Feature Pitch, USC Student and Alumni Pitch Fest: The Clinic
2015 Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Second Round: Lovers In Their Right Mind, My Zombie Parents and “My Panda.”
2014 Sundance Screenwriting Labs Second Round Lovers In Their Right Mind
2011 L.A. Women’s International Film Festival Script Finalist: Children of Others
“Shell” The One That Got Away, Women of Horror Anthology Vol. 3, February, 2021
“The Semantics of Survivor” Medium’s Health Section, July 2020
“Maintain Your Anxiety Levels During the Pandemic” Emry’s, May 2020
“How to Write Your Own Biography” Chariton Review, Fall / Winter 2018
“Tribe” Turning Points Anthology, Fall 2017
“To Fairer Weather,” Devilfish Review, Fall 2014
“Sunday Afternoon with Buddha and Spider,” The Drum, Winter 2013
“Luck, Statistics, Magic,” Colorado Review, Fall/Winter 2010
“Superman Falling,” Colorado Review, Fall/Winter 2008
“My Panda,” Sycamore Review, Winter 2007
Freelance Editor / Consultant (2008-present) Help clients figure out what they want to say and then say it clearly and concisely. Work includes Screenplays, Series Pitch Documents, articles, blog posts, medical journal articles and non-fiction business content.
Visiting Instructor, University of Florida (Spring 2020) Taught screenwriting/producing, film anatomy and pitching to undergraduate students in the Telecommunications Department. Each class included a seven-week online component.
Screenwriting Instructor, Pierce College (2016-2018) Taught screenwriting format, structure and tools to students. Provide syllabus, handouts, lectures and feedback in an encouraging, work-centered environment.
Administrative Assistant, University of Southern California Philosophy Department (2011-2016) Created departmental communication, website content, expense reports; handle travel arrangements and event planning. Oversee technological and system changes and provide instruction to faculty and students.
Screenwriter (2011-2012) Hired by Amazon Studios to rewrite optioned screenplay, Children of Others.
English as a Second Language Instructor, CIU (2010-2011) Delivered lectures, led written and spoken practice for adult ESL learners at California International University.
Producer/Editor, Paul Eats Perth (2005) Oversaw all aspects from conception to
publication and distribution of a 200-page restaurant guide.
Web Content Provider (2006-2008) Wrote news items, alumni profiles and public
interest pieces for the Florida State University English Department website.
Assistant Editor (2007) Reviewed and edited test administration manuals, letters,
memos and reports for the Florida Department of Education.
Assistant to Artistic Director, Red Dust Theatre Assisted with theatre business and production needs. (Alice Springs, Australia).
Freelance Event/Video Producer and Coordinator, Los Angeles Produced and/or coordinated video presentations and events. Project list available.
Production Coordinator, Mattel, INC Liased between marketers, creative and production personnel to produce both in-house and public events including annual New York Toy Fairs.
Stage Manager, Universal Studios Hollywood Managed a live show featuring musical numbers, mechanical lifts and pyrotechnics.
Freelance Film Production, Los Angeles Served in a variety of production capacities for films, commercials, interactive games and music videos.
Freelance Media Production, Chicago Worked for commercials, industrials and short films. Roles included: Production Coordinator, Grip, Production Assistant, Stylist’s Assistant, Office Assistant, Props Assistant. Selected project list available.
COMMUNITY / ARTS / VOLUNTEER WORK
Reader, Reading to Kids (2010-present) Read books to Los Angeles school children in underserved areas.
Co-Host, Visiting Writers Reading Series (2007) Coordinated with venue, AV technician and readers for weekly live readings and pod-cast recordings. Served as M.C.
Director, Red Dust Theatre (2005) Directed three short plays staged at the 2005 Alice Springs Festival, one of which continued to the Fringe Festival in Darwin in 2006.
Dance Instructor, Mapping New Territory (2003) Taught weekly creative dance
classes for students of mixed abilities for a disability/arts initiative in Alice Springs, AU.
Documentary Filmmaker, Red Shoes Theatre (2002) Coordinated multi-camera shoot of the outdoor theatre performance and edited sequences which were successfully used for grant funding.
Member / Director, Subterranean Theatre Company Founding member of this Los Angeles based theatre company. Directed two short plays for premier showcase.