RESUME

MFA in Writing for Screen and Stage

Northwestern University

June 2016


MA in English

Middlebury College

July 2014


BA in English and Theatre

Princeton University

June 2008

 

EDUCATION

FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

 

Resident Writer

Coeurage Theatre Company

2020

Resident Writer

Echo Theatre Company

2020

Spoolers Fellow

Hook & Eye at the Flea Theatre

2019

Playwright Fellow

Lambda Literary (Luis Alfaro, mentor)

2018


Resident Writer

Fresh Ground Pepper BRB

2018


Resident Writer (PlayLab)

Skylight Theatre

(Lee Blessing, mentor)

2018 - Now


Resident Writer

National Winter Playwrights Conference

at Creede, CO

2017

 

 

Rancho Santa Anita

Coeurage Theatre Company

2020

Waiting for a Wake

Skylight Theatre Company

2020

Pleasure Men

Hook & Eye Theatre

(New York)

2019

 

The Califas Trilogy

Company of Angels

(Los Angeles)

2018


Peter Pan

Serenbe Playhouse

(Atlanta)

2018


The Wind People

Steep Theatre

(Chicago)

2016


Hard Palate

The Fire This Time Festival

(NYC)

2015

 

COMMISSIONS

Semi-finalist

Many Voices Fellowship

Playwrights’ Center

2020

Semi-finalist

Jerome Fellowship

Playwrights’ Center

2020

Semi-finalist

2050 Fellowship

New York Theatre Workshop

2020

 

Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award

Celebration Theatre and West Hollywood

2020

Timeout Top 

LGBTQ Events and Off-Off B’way Shows

2019

 

Finalist

ScreenCraft Stage Play Contest

2019

Finalist

Lark Playwrights’ Week

2018


Finalist

Piven Center Lab

2018


Semi-finalist

Bay Area Playwrights Conference

2018


Nominee

B Free People’s Choice Award

2018


Semi-finalist

Shonda Rhimes Unsung Voices Fellowship 

2017


Finalist

Activate: Midwest Play Festival

2015


Nominee

New York Theatre Innovators Innovator Award

Best Short

2015


Semi-finalist

Theatre Masters

2015


Encore! Producers’ Award

Hollywood Fringe Festival

2014

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

PRODUCTION HISTORY

 

Burns in Their Veins: A Pio Pico Story

(epic theatre; complete script available)

As California becomes a white (I mean, American) state, the last Mexican governor of California

tries to use the new “rule of law” to his advantage, causing his downfall.

Echo Theatre Company Lab

In Development; 2020

Lavender Man

(queer historical fantasia; complete script available)

Contemporary gender non-conformist Taffeta (they/them) plays post-mordem matchmaker to

Abe Lincoln and his queer legal assistant Elmer Ellsworth, only to realize they are the one who

needs real love healing.

Circle in the Square (Broadway), NYC Staged Reading

Staged Reading; 2019

Skylight Theatre, LA

Staged Reading; 2019

The White Dress

(full-length performance work; drama; complete script available)

Jonathan wears dresses, kisses girls, shames his family, and banishes the gender

binary to hell.

Access Theater, NYC 

World Premiere (AEA Showcase) (TimeOut Top LGBTQ & Off-Off B’way Happenings); 2019

The Araca Project, NYC

AEA Showcase; 2017

Bootleg Theater, LA

Staged Reading; 2017

Kraine Theatre, NYC

Staged Reading; 2017

The Pride of Lions

(full-length historical drama; in progress)

In 1928, five female impersonators were imprisoned for indecency after performing in Mae

West’s The Pleasure Man. This is what happened on their first night in jail.

The Flea Theatre, NYC

Staged Reading; 2019

Salome

(music/performance work; excerpt available)
A post-pop take on the myth of Salome, the free-spirited girl who defied her mother,
exposed her false-king stepfather, and made off with the head of John the Baptist;
developed with co-
bookwriter Michael Alvarez and lyricist composer Ella Grace.


New York Theatre Workshop

Excerpt Showing; October 2018

 

Peter Pan

(site-specific musical; complete script available)

A new musical pirate adventure inspired by the work of J.M. Barrie;
commissioned by Serenbe Playhouse.


Serenbe Playhouse

World Premiere; May 2018

 

The Wind People (formerly Blackjack)

(full-length drama; complete script available)
A white Texan grandmother and mixed grandson bond when she is nurseless and he
returns from the pen; commissioned by Steep Theatre.


Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA

Reading; February 2018


Nat’l Winter Playwrights Conference

Reading; February 2018


New Group Theatre, New York

Reading; December 2018


Steep Theatre, Chicago

Commission Reading; April 2016

 

 

Onion Creek

(full-length historical fantasia; complete script available)
A celibate mixed-race peach farmer meets an Irish sojourner, and his sexual awakening is
devastating.


Northwestern University

Reading; March 2016


Son of Semele Theatre, LA

Workshop Production; December 2011


Ensemble Studio Theatre, LA

Reading; March 2010

 


Orange Woman

(full-length historical fantasia; complete script available)
An African dancer in Queen Elizabeth I’s court falls for Shakespeare, then plies prostitution
after rejecting him.


Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA

Staged Reading; December 2009


Princeton at McCarter Theatre

University Production; April 2008

 

Full-Length Plays and Performance Works

Short/One Act Plays and Performance Works

 

Rancho Santa Anita

(audio play; drama; complete script available)

In the 1830s, a chance meeting between fledging civic mogul Pio Pico and journeyman John

Forster sparks a perilous partnership not even Faust could have prefigured.

Coeurage Theatre Company

Audio Play Production; 2020

From Kaya

(monologue; drama; complete script available)

A formerly incarcerated transgender woman celebrates newfound freedom.

24 Hour Plays, Performed by L Morgan Lee

Virtual Reading; 2020

Nadine

(monologue; drama; complete script available)

A man remembers his recently deceased wife in a unique and surprising way.

24 Hour Plays, Performed by Wayne Brady

Virtual Reading; 2020

The Sapiens

(short play; drama; complete script available)

Future humans return to a deserted earth to learn about the intimacy their ancestors once knew.

Contagious Closet Plays

Published Via Instagram; 2020

Softer

(ten-minute play; drama; complete script available)
On Emancipation Day, master Charlie and body servant Ishmael test their bond against
freedom’s lure.


Hollywood Fringe Festival

Festival Production; June 2016


Chicago Dramatists

 Staged Reading; February 2016


Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA

 Staged Reading; July 2015

The Duat

(one-act performance work; solo show; complete script available)
A former COINTELPRO informant battles for his soul’s redemption in the Egyptian afterlife.


Son of Semele Theater, LA

 Festival Production; July 2017


Ensemble Studio Theatre, LA

Staged Reading; July 2015


UC Berkeley

Staged Reading; March 2012


Middlebury College

Staged Reading; July 2011

 


Hard Palate

(ten-minute play; drama; complete script available)
Two gay men play the Tindr game and try their hand at romance in the Age of PrEP;
commissioned by the Fire This Time Festival.


Kraine Theatre, NYC

 Festival Production; January 2016
(Nominee, Theatre Innovator Award, Best Short)

 


Booth

(one-act performance work; solo show; complete script available)
John Wilkes Booth broods on surrender in a Virginia farm after shooting the president.


Son of Semele Theatre, LA

Festival Production; July 2015


Hollywood Fringe Festival

June 2014
(Winner, Encore! Producers’ Award)


Lizzie

(one-act play; drama; complete script available)
Modiste Elizabeth Keckley gives widowed Mary Lincoln a consolation gift after a hapless
clothing auction.


Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA

 Festival Production; July 2016


Hollywood Fringe Festival

June 2014
(Winner Encore! Producers’ Award)


Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA

Reading December 2009

 

PUBLICATIONS

Softer

Emerge: LAMDA Literary Journal

March 2019

 

The White Dress (Excerpt)

 Ano Ba Zine

December 2017


“5 Questions” Column

 Better Lemons

May 2017 - Present


“Theatrically Speaking, What Turns Me On?”

The Dramatist

July/August 2013


Orange Woman: A Ballad for a Moor

Princeton Mudd Library

May 2008


“Non-traditional Casting in Boris Godunov,”

Pushkin Review Volume 10, pp. 16-17