Curriculum Vitae:

University of New Hampshire, MFA, Creative Writing, 2017
National Shakespeare Conservatory, classical theater training
Bryn Mawr College, BA

Professional Licenses and training:
Standing Member of IATSE, local 798
Cosmetology License, NY State

Professional Experience:


Introduction to Screenwriting, Assistant Professor, University of Maine, Farmington

Advanced Screenwriting, University of Maine, Farmington

Narrative Design for Immersive Storytelling, University of Maine, Farmington

Strange Fiction, University of Maine, Farmington

Memoir and Personal Storytelling, University of Maine, Farmington

20th Century Short Fiction, Visiting Assistant Professor,  University of Maine, Farmington

Introduction to and Advanced Screenwriting, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Maine, Farmington (2018 - 2019)

Introduction to Composition, Instructor of Record, University of New Hampshire  
(2016 - 2018) Freshman Composition. Applying English Department philosophy and pedagogy, collaborating with fellow instructors and faculty.

Introduction to Fiction Writing, Instructor of Record, University of New Hampshire

Adjunct Instructor, Technical Writing, York County Community College (2017 - present)

Guest Lecturer, Introduction to Screenwriting, Emily Thompson, North Essex Community College (2018)

Adjunct Instructor, Public Speaking, York County Community College (2017 - present)

Instructor, Fiction Writing Workshop, Young Writer’s Conference, Champlain College (2017)

Guest Lecturer, Graduate Screenwriting Seminar, Tom Paine, University of New Hampshire
(2016) Special lecture in developing characters, character timing and voice, with improvisation techniques

Journal Writing, Workshop, Bending Bodhi Yoga Studio, Dover, NH
(2015) Workshops in creative journal writing and productivity

Private screenwriting coach, New York City (2005 - 2012)

Freelance copywriter (2007 - 2016), clients include Edelman Marketing Firm, Bucket List Match, Sacred Motherhood Blueprint, Tara Tiara, and others
Guest Blogger, Bohemian Love Diaries, Psychology Today (2013)

Grant copy editing, Dr. Kelly Cullen, University of New Hampshire (2016)

Wig Master, hair department supervisor (2001-2015) - several Broadway productions, including Jersey Boys, Fun Home, Urinetown, Fences, Superior Donuts, and The Producers. Styled, maintained, and oversaw the look of the show, collaborated with wig and costume designers, and directors to achieve maintainable period styles that could endure handling and quick changes. Skilled in building and maintaining lace front wigs.

Technical and Specialized Skills:

Narrative Film: wrote, produced, and directed three narrative short films, two of which garnered accolades and festival play. Have written, with and without collaboration, professionally rewritten, and adapted several feature length scripts, shorts, and short stories. Writing and film awards and accolades listed below.

Animation: wrote, produced and directed three stop motion shorts, all of which played in festivals. Knowledgeable in Maya 2015, Photoshop, After Effects, DragonFrame, and Final Cut 7.

Transmedia: developed, wrote and executed several micro-audience, geo-located transmedia experiences.


Blink (2019): premiered at the IndieCork Film Festival

Tyler Nix, Monster Child (2019): premiered at the Sidewalk Film Festival

Wilderness (2008): premiered at Washougal International Film Festival. Also screened at Kent International Film Festival. Awarded an Indiefest award for excellence in filmmaking.

Freegan Love (2008): premiered at the Philadelphia Indie Film Festival. Played on Channel 13 Reel Shorts. Awarded the Honolulu Film Festival Award for excellence in filmmaking.

The Further Adventures of Dot (2012): premiered on Channel 13, Reel Shorts. Also played on PBS, LA Shorts Showcase

Frogs (2014): premiered at the Sidewalk Film Festival

Do You Know What a Wish Is? (2013): premiered at the San Diego Kids Festival

Rooth and B (2010)

Writing Honors and Awards:

The New American Fiction Prize, "I Know You Love Me, Too"

Special Mention, Pushcart Prize, 2020, "Late Bloomer"
Dick Shea Memorial Award for Fiction, "The Perfects”
Rhode Island International Film Festival, Best Screenplay, “The Placeholder”
Silver Screenwriting Competition, Quarterfinalist, “The Placeholder”
Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, finalist, "Tinker"
Bradenton Independent Film Festival, finalist, "Tinker"​
Royal Reels Winner, Canada International Film Festival Screenplay Competition, "Tinker"​
Adventurous Blogger Award, “50 Dates in 50 States”
Reader Appreciation Award, “50 Dates in 50 States”
NexTV quarter-finalist, television pilot, "The Party"​
Fearless Production Screenwriting Competition, Best Screenplay, “Toast”
aTalentscout Spec Script Contest, Semi-finalist, Nip/Tuck spec, "Ellen Carter"​
NYC Midnight short screenplay contest, Best Screenplay, “Wilderness,” 2005
NYC Midnight Short Screenplay Contest, Finalist, “Wednesday Nights at Spanky’s," 2005
NYC Midnight Short Screenplay Contest, Finalist, “Mad Cow,” 2006
NYC Midnight Short Screenplay Contest, Honorable Mention, “Chromosome 6,” 2006
NYC Midnight Short Screenplay Contest, 2007, Honorable Mention, “Lollipop.”
Radmin Agency Screenplay Contest, semi-finalist, “Toast”
The Big Australian Screenplay Contest, semi-finalist, “Toast”
Fade-In Screenplay Competition, semi-finalist, “Toast” Screenplay Contest, semi-finalist, “Toast” Screenplay Competition, semi-finalist, “Toast.”

Film Honors and Awards:

O Bheal Poetry Film Award Finalist, "Blink"
Indiefest, Award for Excellence, “Wilderness”
Short Showcase Festival finalist, "The Further Adventures of Dot"​
Reel 13 "The Further Adventures of Dot"​
Honolulu International Film Festival, Accolade Award, “Freegan Love”
Moondance International Film Festival, Finalist, “Freegan Love”
Reel 13, finalist, “Freegan Love”
1010 Wins "Tomorrow's Newsmakers"​ awards, Arts and Entertainment Nominee


"The In-Betweens" (short story) Puerto Del Sol

"Forty-Six," (short story) The Rumpus

"No Less Than Nothing" (short story) The Normal School

"The Grow," (short story) Texas Review

"Late Bloomer" (short story) Bat City Review

"Friday Harbor," (short story), Saranac Review

"Bruce, on Ice," (short story), Green Mountain Review

"The Perfects" (short story), Litro
“Dizzy” (short story). Outlook Springs
“Just Outside of Comfort” (short story). Short Story
“Five Awkward First Dates You Probably Want to Avoid,” guest Blogger, Psychology Today

Professional Development:
Robert McKee Story Workshop
Writer’s Bootcamp
Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing
The Edit Center, five week intensive in Final Cut Pro7
Animation Mentor, 3D animation, Animation Basics and Body Mechanics

Reader, The New England Review
Arts Editor, Barnstorm Literary Journal
Producer, Read Free or Die reading series
Working Artist Theater Company Member

Professional Licenses and training:

Standing Member of IATSE, local 798

Cosmetology License, NY State

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