I hold an MFA in Directing from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland. As co-founder and artistic director of The Sanctuary Theatre, a small professional theater dedicated to producing significant, yet under-recognized plays from around the world, I focused primarily on developing the theatre’s vision. A part of that vision was the nurturing of new works. The theatre ran a play reading series for several years, as well as a workshop series.
Now, as the director of The Performing Knowledge Project, an initiative of The Sanctuary, I focus exclusively on writing and devising ways to bring literature to the stage. My one-man performance piece, Embodying Poe: Poetry in Performance, which I wrote and performed, premiered at the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival.
As a longtime member of Ernie Joselovitz’s Playwrights Forum II, I have had four staged readings.
Most recently, a draft of Starve the Beast, which the financial meltdown within the context of survivalist culture.
In 2012, The Warden’s Boy (formerly titled Prison Voices) received a staged reading at the Playwrights Forum. The script explores the psychological aspects of violence and race, and where they intersect.
Two of his earlier plays, Images from a Darkened Classroom and the satirical The Greatest Generation also received staged readings at The Playwrights Forum.
My playwriting goes back 30 years, however, to the early days of The Sanctuary Theatre when Elizabeth Bruce and I adapted George McDonald’s The Lost Princess. Wise Woman receive its World Premiere at The Sanctuary in 1984. Later, I collaborated with the Hindu Theatre Company in the adaptation of a tale from the Mahabarata.
I am currently working on a new play, The Poet King of K Street, as well as a new interdisciplinary Poetry-in-Performance Project, The Epic of Empathy: Whitman’s Song of Myself: the Whitman Project.