Curriculum Vitae

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Books:

Plays (full-length):

Deaf Side Story: Deaf Sharks, Hearing Jets and a Classic American Musical

(Gallaudet University Press, 2003).  Non-fiction work chronicles a collaborative deaf and hearing production of West Side Story.

“The Arabian Nights,” adapted for Tales & Scales, a company of conservatory-trained musicians performing theater for young audiences (touring nationally, based in Evansville, IN).  Total audience: between fifteen and twenty thousand.

“In Which Gillian Amber Copes With Miracles,” selected to be part of the Eye in the Sky Project curated by the Audacity Theater Lab (Austin, TX), installments through 2012, with “Gillian” scheduled for summer 2012.

Recipient of an Indiana Arts Council grant (2003-2004) for a novel, Reckless

Amateurs.  Also: The Investor, a novel, finished second in the First Coast Novel

Contest (2000).

Frequent contributor to Evansville Parent (’06-’07), with additional work to appear in Dec. ’07 issue of Columbus Parent.  Multiple photographs published in Skive, 2009.

Book & journal reviews published in Tangent (Summer ‘09) with regular contributions to Black Gate (beginning in Fall ’07, print and on-line editions).

Thirty-five short stories published, including first prize in The Rambunctious Review (’01) and Honorable Mention in Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2008.  Other stories appear in Witness (2013), J Journal (2013), The Long Story (2013), Black Gate, Ancient New (anthology), Black Static, Realms Of Fantasy, Birkensnake, Day Terrors, Sleet, Altered States, Escape Clause, Strange, Weird & Wonderful, Shelter of Daylight (anthology), The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Traps (Dark Hart Press),  World of Wonders, Skive, Forgotten Worlds, Shadow Regions (Cavern Press), Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, Talebones, Aoife’s Kiss, Andromeda Spaceways, All Hallows (’05), Green Hills Literary Lantern, THEMA, Red Rock Review, Big Muddy, Conversely, The Bellevue Literary Review (Pushcart nomination in ’04, second story in ‘06), The Café Irreal, Rain Crow, Sou’wester, The Kit-Cat Review, and Bibliophilos.

Acts of God (Playscripts, Inc.) has now enjoyed over twenty-five productions in the U.S. and Canada.  First produced in conjunction with the Evansville Civic Theatre (Evansville, IN), Nov. 2006, the play follows twelve high schoolers coping with the devasation of a lethal tornado strike.  A monologue from the play will be included in the Playscripts, Inc. anthology Actor’s Choice: Monologues for Teens Volume 2 (2012).


Bears is the winner of the 2012 Panowski Playwriting Award through the Forest Roberts Theatre (Marquette, MI).  Full production in November 2012.  Bears is also a prize-winner at the Earth Matters On Stage Eco-Drama Festival (U. of Oregon/Carnegie Mellon University), June 2012, where it will receive a workshop reading.  Bears was first workshopped by the Reverb Theatre Group, now Sans A Prods. (NY, NY), July 2011.


Cavers, full production at the Capital Fringe Festival, July 2010, thru Nu Sass Productions (Washington D.C.).  Revived for Best Of Fringe, Nov. 2010.  Currently a finalist for the Little Festival of the Unexpected (Portland, ME).


Gaining Ground, full production at The Ark Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 2006. 

Gaining Ground also received a staged reading at the 2004 Plays in Progress series, Utah Shakespearean Festival (Cedar City, Utah).


Burning Mona Lisa in the Reptile House, winner of the 2004 Mildred and Albert

Panowski Playwriting Award.  Play received summer workshop followed by full

production at Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI), Nov. 2004.


The Experts, staged reading at the 2004 New Voices of the Wild West Festival

(Foothill Theatre Company, Nevada City, CA).  A second staged reading is scheduled for Aug., 2010, through Mind the Gap Productions (Chicago, IL).


Lines in the Sand, winner of the 2002 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition.

Lines received a full production at the Alleyway Theatre (Buffalo, NY) in Nov. 2003. The play first received a staged reading at the 2002 New Voices of the Wild West Festival (Foothill Theatre, Nevada City, CA) under the title of Asylum.  Also received a concert reading at Studio 400 (Pensacola, FL), Aug. 2004.


Digging in the Margins, staged reading at the 2003 Plays in Progress series, Utah

Shakespearean Festival (Cedar City, Utah), as a staged reading.  Digging first received a staged reading at the ‘01 New Voices of the Wild West Festival (Foothill Theatre, Nevada City, CA).

 

Nightjars, large-cast play selected for the Y.E.S. Festival.  Full premiere produced in April 2009 (Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY).  Also received rehearsed concert reading in fall 2005 with the University of Evansville Theatre Department (Evansville, IN).


Gift of the Magi / A Holiday Music Tale, an adaptation in collaboration with Tales & Scales, national touring company of conservatory-level musicians performing

theater for young audiences (Evansville, IN), 2005.


Ten Red Kings, full production at Andrew Hill High School, San Jose, CA.  Ten Red Kings received a concert reading through Ball State University, spring 2011.


My American Bullet, scheduled for a concert reading through Artemisia Theatre

Company (Chicago, IL ) as part of their September, 2012 Fall Festival.


Roots In a Grey Garden received a 2006-2007 Ludwig Vogelstein grant.  The grant supported travel and housing costs to interview activists and political radicals throughout Europe in the spring and summer of 2007.  Roots then received a workshop at the Tofte Lake Center (Ely, MN) in June 2009, and a concert reading via the Santa Barbara City College Theatre Department in June 2011.  An additional reading, self-produced, took place in New York City (July, 2011), directed by Peter Campbell.

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EDUCATION (and selected employment)

Columbia University, New York, NY: MFA, School of the Arts.

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH: BA, Government and Environmental Studies.


Completed teaching English 205, “Introduction to Imaginative Writing,” at University of Evansville’s UK campus in Harlaxton, Great Britain.  Spring semester 2007.

MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL: Taught English 352 (Creative Writing)

spring semester, 2001.  Also: Technical Director, MacMurray College Theater. 

Shows included: West Side Story, Ghosts, Antigone, and Waiting for Godot.

Trainer, Borders Books and Music: Responsible for training all incoming and 

veteran employees; assisted with seventeen store openings in seven states; became a mentor trainer (training other company trainers) in 1996.

“Advice for 56,” to be included in the 0 to 60 Festival (Longwood U., CO), 2011.  Will then be published by One Act Play Depot (Fall, 2011).  Also included as part of The Short Attention Span Festival, Studio 400 (Pensacola, FL), Feb. 2007.

“Porch Revival,” selected for an upcoming Playscripts, Inc. anthology (title TBD).  First produced at the 4th Annual Universal Theatre Festival (Provincetown, MA), January 2011.  Second production: Lakeshore Players (White Bear Lake, MN) and the 7th Annual Lakeshore 10-Minute Festival, July 2011.  Third production: Actors Theatre of Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI), Ten-Minute Festival (July 2011).

“Migratory Birds of Iraq,” selected for The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2012 (Smith & Kraus).  First produced by The Attic Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), at their One-Act Festival (September 2011).  “Migratory Birds” was also a finalist for the Heidemann Award (Actors Theatre of Louisville), 2011.

Founding member of In the Mix, a devised theatre troupe devoted to exploring a fusion of original staging, motion and music.  Inaugural performance (entitled Crying Shame): Evansville Museum of Art and Science, June 5, 2011.  Projected next show: May 20, 2012.

Additional:

A Most Unruly Gnome won the 2009 First Coast Novel Contest.  (Final judges: David Poyer and Lenore Hart.)  Represented by Bob Mecoy Literary, NY, NY.