I am a playwright, screenwriter, actor and teacher based in New York City. I’m originally from Jackson, Mississippi, and recently earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU/Tisch.
I began my professional life as an actor. I took an extended break from the business to get my law degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, where I went on to practice law for seven years, taking on clients (as the judges used to joke), “whose houses had wheels but whose cars did not.” After awhile I got tired of being mean to people for a living, so I slowly began making my way back into more creative endeavors, first as an arts advocate and nonprofit fundraiser, now primarily as a writer.
My first play, The Jesus Fund, premiered in January, 2014 at Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. My play Adam Then was a semifinalist for the 2015 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; a staged reading at The Drama League Studio was directed by John Michael DiResta and sponsored by Theatre Resources Unlimited. My play Jasper was a semi-finalist for the 2016 Bay Area Playwrights Festival; a reading of the play at NYU/Tisch was directed by Stella Powell-Jones. My ten-minute play Nothing is Free was produced as part of the 2014 Collective:10 Festival in New York. Read more about my plays here.
My screenplay The Fiddle Player, loosely inspired by my dad’s childhood as a sharecropper in Mississippi, is a second round selection for the January, 2017 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. I’ve also written two original television pilots, OMG and Lawyers in Love. OMG is a half-hour dramedy about Jamie, a magical Jesus twink straddling the jagged line between gay life and ordained ministry in New York City. Lawyers in Love is an hour-long drama with jokes, about two law school classmates who open a practice together in a small college town in North Carolina (where did I get that idea…?) defending the rights of the poor and disenfranchised.
My acting credits include appearances in New York in the premieres of Fast, Light and Brilliant and After Ben Alderidge, both at Emerging Artists Theatre, and on the Onion News Network’s web series Today Now. I’ve also appeared regionally with Burning Coal Theatre (Raleigh, NC); Profile Theatre (Portland, OR); the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and others. I assisted Rebecca Holderness on James Joyce’s The Dead at Burning Coal, and also served as AD for a staged reading of Arthur Miller’s The American Clock at Profile in Portland. I served as Executive Director for the North Carolina Theatre Conference and taught arts management at both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The North Carolina School of the Arts. I am a member of the Dramatists Guild, SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. Education: MFA in Dramatic Writing, NYU/Tisch; JD, University of North Carolina School of Law; BFA in Theatre Performance, University of Mississippi.