About Me

 

 

I'm proud to be a West Virginia based playwright, actor, and teacher. My plays have been selected, produced, and/or developed with the Barter’s Festival of Appalachian Plays and Playwrights (twice), The Baltimore Playwrights Festival, Pocahontas County Drama Workshop, M.T. Pockets, The Bluestone Project, New Hampshire Institute of Art, The Eddy Theatre Company, Renaissance House, Theatre Arlington, Theatre on the Lake, Our Town Theater, Try It Out Theatre, and an upcoming world premiere with Lab Theater Projects. Winner of the 2016 AACT NewPlayFest, a two-time Honorable Mention for the Joe McCabe Memorial Scriptwriting Award, a finalist for the Ohio University-Chillicothe Playwriting Award, and a semi-finalist for the Bridge Award, the ATHE Excellence in Playwriting Award, and the Playwright’s First Best New Play Award. My first play, Gracefully Ending, was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2016, and several other plays have recently been published by Vintage Publishing. I co-founded the Old Red Barn New Play Reading Series in 2017, along with my wife, Leah, to encourage playwrights in West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. I'm a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, and I hold an MFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, where I studied under Buzz McLaughlin and several other amazing playwrights.

Apart from writing plays, my side hustles include teaching snowboarding, working on mountain bikes, teaching English 101 at Frostburg State University, working as a reading and writing tutor at Allegany College of Maryland, and serving as the Head of New Play Development with Theatre on the Lake, a professional summer theatre in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. My wife and I live on a family farm in Aurora, West Virginia, along with our two sons, Oliver and Miles, and way too many wandering barn cats.

 

 

 

 

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