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Playwright      Opera Librettist      Musical Bookwriter      Lyricist     Screenwriter

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PROFESSIONAL

    Playwright/Opera Librettist/Musical Bookwriter/Lyricist/Screenwriter

    Member: The Dramatists Guild
                        BMI Musical Theatre Workshop 
                                Librettist Workshop – 1999-present
                                Composer/Lyricist Workshop – 2006-2009
                        ASCAP
                        New Victory LabWorks Project
    President, Board of Directors, The York Theatre Company

NYC PRODUCTIONS AND PRINCIPAL WORK
    Plays:
           Off-Broadway:  
     (mis)UNDERSTANDING MAMMY: The Hattie McDaniel Story 
                              Script and production materials archived in Schomburg Center 
                                      for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library)        2013
                              The Jefferson Playhouse (Jefferson, TX), Tara In Texas II                 Spring 2010                       
                              Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT)  (Drama Desk nom. for
                                    Capathia Jenkins  as Hattie)                                                             Spring 2007
                              Chicago Humanities Festival (staged reading) (Black Theater 
                                    Alliance Award nom. for Capathia Jenkins as Hattie)                 Fall 2007
                                                                     
            Off-Off-Broadway: 
Chasing Tigers, Samuel French One-Act Festival (Finalist)                            Summer 2006
Going Too Far, Samuel French One-Act Festival                                              Summer 2005
L-O-V-E, EAT and Samuel French One-Act Festival                                      2003/2004
Therapy, New York-Style, Samuel French One-Act Festival                            Summer 2003
Glimmer of Hope, EAT                                                                                          Spring 2003
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Sam French One-Act Festival                             Summer 2002
The Survival Collection, Kaleidoscope Productions                                         Fall 2001
19 Angel Street, Pulse Ensemble Theatre/Opal                                               Fall 2001
The Confessional, EAT  (& PBS pilot)                                                                 2000/2002
Sweating It Out, EAT                                                                                           Fall 2000
      
            In Development:
Dirty Little Secret, The York Theatre (NYC), Developmental Reading
                           Series                                                                                                            Spring 2012                                                                                          

    Musicals: 
Go Green! (book, lyrics), The New York Children’s Theater Festival         Spring 2012
                            Second Place, Jackie White Memorial National 
                            Children’s Play Writing Award                                                             2013    
Isabelle and The Pretty-Ugly Spell (co-book), Vital Theatre (NYC),        
                           7-week mainstage run, transferred to 45 Bleecker Street, 
                                     7-week extension, plus camp shows thru summer                     Spring/Summer 2010 
                           New York Musical Theatre Festival
                                    Outstanding New Family Musical, TalkinBroadway                  Fall 2005                                                                      
                           Actors’ Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre (Coral Gables, FL),
                                     National Children’s Theatre Award                                              Spring 2005
                           Summer Stage (Upper Darby, PA); ASCAP Musical Theatre 
                                     Workshop, The York Theatre (reading)                                        2002/2003/2004    
In the Theatre (co-book), The York Theatre 
                            (Developmental Reading Series)                                                             2008/2009 
NEO Concert (emerging writer), The York Theatre                                        Spring 2009   
Toll-Taker, Toll-Taker (book, co-lyrics), Raw Impressions                              Winter 2003
The Real McCoy (co-book), NYUTisch School for the Arts/CAP 21
                            (Conservatory prod.); Blackjacks Festival (staged reading)                 Spring 1999

            In Development:
Monet, Development Residency, CAP21                                                           2015-2016
                               The York Theatre (Developmental Reading Series)                            Spring 2014
The Death...and Life...of Mary Shelley, Golden Fleece, Composers
                                Chamber Theatre                                                                                     Fall 2012 
 
    Opera: 
        White Witch 
                          Concert, Roulette (Brooklyn, NY)                                                              Winter 2016
                          Premiere, The Thalia at Symphony Space (NYC)                                    Fall 2014
                                   (published by American Composers Alliance, Inc.)
        Strange Fruit (libretto) (based on the novel by Lillian Smith)  
                        Score, libretto and prod. materials archived in               
                                     Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
                                     (New York Public Library)                                                           2013
                           Bleecker Street Opera, New Composers’ Forum                                      Winter 2010
                           Strange Fruit in Concert, Harlem School of the Arts in assoc. 
                                     with NYCity Opera                                                                              Spring 2009
                           Premiere,  Long Leaf Opera, Chapel Hill, NC                                           Summer 2007
                           Golden Fleece Composers’ Chamber Theatre (scenes) (NYC)                Spring 2005  
                           Hofstra Opera Theatre (scenes)                                                                    Spring 2004
                           Finalist, O’Neill Music Theater Conference                                                Summer 2004
                           New York City Opera, VOX 2003:
                                     Showcasing American Composers                                                     Spring 2003

            In Development:
        The Reef (libretto) (based on the novel by Edith Wharton)
                           Finalist, 2018 Domenic J. Pelliccotti Opera Composition Prize                Spring 2016                    
                           Prima le Parole, Center for Contemporary Opera
                                     (grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)                             Spring 2014
                           Center for Contemporary Opera NYC, Libretto Slam!                              Winter 2010


    Cabaret:   
     Songs (lyricist) performed at Birdland, Don’t Tell Mama, Broadway 
                          Baby Bistro, The Zipper, Opia, The Salon (Algonquin Hotel), 
                          Lincoln Center Library Theatre and Donnell Library Theatre                   2003-2012

    Screenplays:  
 Spectator Bird (Finalist), Westchester Film Festival (adapted from
                        The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner)                                                           Winter 2001  


REGIONAL WORK
Surprise Party, Hand-To-Mouth Productions (Buchanan, NY)                           Summer 2006 
Hiccup and a Wink (a.k.a. Anyplace But Here), Fleetwood Stage/
                       The Foundry (subscr. series)                                                                               Winter 2005
                       Readings and staged readings by EAT (Lab Series), 
                                 Innovative Stages and  Westchester Playwrights                                  2002-2006
Hamlet in Bensonhurst, (a/k/a The Dane in Brooklyn) 
                                 Fleetwood Stage/Platform; EAT (staged reading)                                Winter/Spring 2004
Soups On!, Runner Up, Cincinnati Celtic World Festival                                    Summer 2004
L-O-V-E, Short Play Lab, Last Frontier Theatre Conf. w/ E. Albee                   Summer  2003
The Sacrifice, Fleetwood Stage/Platform(New Rochelle, NY)                             Winter 2002
Survival, Fleetwood Stage/Platform (New  Rochelle, NY)                                 Winter 2001
Soft Whisper, Vortex Theatre (Albuquerque, NM)                                                Spring 1999


CHILDREN’S THEATRE
                  Founder, Playwright and Director, KIDS ON STAGE
                  After-school performance workshop: Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, 
                  NY, Rye Arts Center, Rye, NY,  and Scarsdale Public Schools                           1985-1997



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