Academia

Academic Employment:

CUNY – Kingsborough, fall 2012 – present:

Department of Communications and Performing Arts, Associate Professor.
Teaching Playwriting, Play Analysis, Introduction to Theater, Acting I, Stage Management, Theatre History, as needed. Admin duties have included being Director of Theatre, Co-Director of Theatre, and Production Coordinator.

Wilkes University, spring of 2007 – present:

MA/MFA Creative Writing Program, a low residency program, Guest Artist Adjunct.
Teaching Playwriting, Readers’ Theater, and Oral Interpretation. Attend two one-week residencies per year. Have taught on-line courses in Genre/Context, Drafting & Revision, Thesis Play, Literature as Research, and Preparing a Play/Revising a Play. Also, act as the outside respondent and director for the MA Thesis plays, presented as staged readings at the Dramatists’ Guild.

Fall of 2006 as a sabbatical replacement:  Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Taught Approach to Acting, Approach to Theatre, and Theatre History Part I.

Niagara University, fall of 2007 – spring of 2011:

BFA Department of Theatre and Fine Arts, Director of Theatre.
Taught Playwriting, Acting I & II, and several independent studies at the undergraduate and graduate level in playwriting, directing, producing, and event planning. As Producing Director for productions, I allocated and supervised the annual production budget, coordinated the production calendar, hired guest artists, acted as Editor-in-Chief of bi-annual theatre newsletter, season brochure, production Playbills and Student Handbook, co-created and maintained theatre website, supervised production coordinator, box-office manager, and press & departmental advertising, participated with recruitment and capital requests, and acted as department liaison with Friends of NU Theatre (an outside not-for-profit group) and with architects for a 3.2 million dollar theatre renovation.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, fall of 2005 spring 2006: (a sabbatical replacement):

Department of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts.
Taught Script Writing, Introduction to Theatre Arts, and Fundamentals of Acting.

Boston University, spring of 2004:

Department of English, Creative Writing.

Taught Intro to Creative Writing.

Boston Academy of Arts, fall of 2003:

Performance Arts High School.

Taught Playwriting 101 in the Visiting Scholar program.

Education, Conferences & Fellowships:

MA in Playwriting, Boston University

  •      studied with Neal Bell, Kate Snodgrass, Richard Schotter

MFA in Directing, Columbia University

  •      studied with Howard Stein, Nikos Pscharopoulas, James Hammerstein, George Ferencz, Bruce Levitt, etc.

BA in Theater Arts, California State University at Northridge

Dramatists Guild National Conference, presenter (2015, 2013)

AWP National Conference (Association of Writers and Writing Programs), presenter (2017, 2013, 2010, 2009)

Sundance Theatre Lab, playwriting grantee (July ‘05)

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in D.C. (April ‘05)

  •      master classes with Mark Bly, Carlye Brown, Wendy Goldberg, Melanie Marnich.

Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive (July ‘04)

  •      master classes with Lee Blessing, Gary Garrison, Arthur Kopit, Marsha Norman, etc.

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in D. C. (April ’04)

  •      master classes with Nilo Cruz, Oskar Eustis, Eric Schaeffer, Michael Lupu, Mead Hunter, Heather McDonald.

Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Conference (June ‘01)

  •      master classes with Edward Albee, John Guare, August Wilson, etc.

Robert McKee’s Story Structure writing course and Comedy/Thriller writing course

Respondent for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival:

Visiting respondent to Bard College, Bloomsburg University of PA, Brockport State University, Elizabethtown College, Franklin and Marshall College, Indiana University of PA, Lehman College, Lycoming College, Montclair State University of New Jersey, Niagara County Community College, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Penn State Altoona, Queensborough College, Raritan Valley Community College, Richard Stockton College, Siena College, State University of New York at Buffalo, Suffolk County Community College, SUNY Albany, University of the Arts, West Chester University, West Point U.S. Military Academy, Wilkes University, the 2005/2006/2007 regional festival in region # 2, and the 2007 regional festival in region # 6.