screenwriter + academic

Current Screenplay


Eighteen years after humiliating himself on a national TV talent show, a fat 49-year-old gets a shot at redemption from the unlikeliest of talents: pole dancing.


UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting, 2019

Ph.D.   The Graduate Center, City University of New York, expected 2020. Theatre and Performance, with certificate in Film Studies.

M.A.    Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, 2015, with Distinction. Performance and the City (renamed Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy).

H.B.A. University of Utah, 2014. Theatre Studies, magna cum laude. Honors designation.





articles + essays

"Juan Radrigán and the Gringo, or Why Chilean Theatre Deserves Our Attention." Review: The Journal of Dramaturgy, 23.2 (2014).

"Entrevista con Andrea Ubal sobre Beckett y Godot de Radrigán," Latin American Theatre Review, 47.2 (2014).

"Four Hairsprays, One Baltimore: The city in trans-medial adaptation," Studies in Musical Theatre 12.3 (2018) (forthcoming).

performance, film + book reviews

Film Review of Dawson City: Frozen Time, dir. Bill Morrison, Film & History 48.2 (2018).

Performance Review of Burning Doors by Belarus Free Theatre (La MaMa, New York City, 12-23 October, 2017), PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 40.2 (2018).

“Actor-Musicianship, The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals, Musical Theatre Song,” The Journal of American Drama and Theatre 30.1 (2017). Book Review of Jeremy Harrison’s Actor-Musicianship, Dan Dietz’s The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals, and Stephen Purdy’s Musical Theatre Song.


“The Process of Dramaturgy,” Review: The Journal of Dramaturgy 23.1 (2013). Book Review with Martine Kei Green-Rogers of Scott R. Irelan, Anne Fletcher, and Julie Felise Dubiner’s The Process of Dramaturgy.

public + other writing

Theatre Criticism: Off Off Online, Exeunt Magazine

"The Revolution Should Not Be Televised: The Oeuvre of Peter Watkins," The GC Advocate

Part 1, Part 2

Review of Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company, The GC Advocate

"A Fish Without a Cable Package," review of Girlboss on Netflix and I Love Dick on Amazon, The GC Advocate

"In Space, No One Can Hear You Unionize," The GC Advocate


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