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Before I decided to devote myself to writing full time, I was a working actor and educator. I spent my summers during college running drama activities at camps for both the physically and the developmentally disabled. I supplemented my first professional acting job with residential and day habilitation work in the local community. I've taught classroom workshops to K-12 and performed in educational theatre. As a performer, I worked with such companies as Philadelphia's Arden Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Dollywood Entertainment, and the Sterling Renaissance Festival.

 

Discovering shows like Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Hello Again as an undergrad changed my understanding of what musicals could be. As an actor, I always quietly aspired to write my own musicals, to affect people the way so many landmark pieces of serious musical theatre had affected me. It was when I got together with a bunch of fellow Renaissance Faire performers and formed interactive group [By the Mummers], that I had my first opportunity to create new musical works. From there I went to NYU, where I met my collaborator Yan Li. 

 

Now, I live in NYC and I write. My work has been performed in NYMF and the Midtown International Theatre Festival, in addition to such cabaret venues as the Laurie Beechman and 54 Below. While I don't exclusively write creepy things, I love creating dark material, and I think that horror is but one place where musical theatre could stand to push itself further. The limits of the medium have not come close to being fully explored.

 

I love pop punk music, Stephen King, polar bears, and I'm a member of the Dramatists Guild. 

 

 

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