MY WRITING LIFE
I started writing in 1992. I was working as an actor and stage director in the Los Angeles area, until I was offered the role of father to twin sons. To support my new family, I put aside my pursuit of a theatre career, working as a digital artist for such companies as Disney, Sony, and Sega, among others. To maintain a connection to the world of "showbiz," I started writing screenplays and stageplays.
During this time, I taught myself the craft of writing. I scripted and illustrated Easyriders magazine's long-running monthly comic strip "RED RYDER" following the death of the strip's originator Hal Robinson and eventually created an original monthly comic strip "WHITE-LINE WILLIE" for Supercycle magazine. As well, I wrote and illustrated numerous humor articles for those nationally published magazines.
Since then, I have had two "Doodle" books published by Ulysees Press and am working on a third. I continue to hone my writing, doing coverage for Joel Castleberg and Panama Productions. My one-act play "INTERLUDE" was included in Ten Grand Productions' Cold Cuts Reading Series, was a finalist in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, and was staged by the Spokane Civic Theatre's Playwrights Forum Festival. My stage work, "HAMMURABI'S CHAIR," was produced by Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago and the screen version is currently in development with The Agency Advertising Group. The regional film rights for my stage work, "KANSAS" was picked up through the National New Play Network by Chhoti Productions of Mumbai, India and is in development. I have also completed the screen adaptation of the book "THE GREEN WALL," about the whistle-blower who changed California's prison system.
I am a member of the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco, the Playwright's Center (Minneapolis, MN), the National New Play Network, and am an associate member of the Dramatists' Guild. Click here to view my directing resume. My acting resume is... so many roles, so many years ago...
There was a screenwriting maxim learned (from whom, forgotten) that it wasn't until one completed one's eighth script, that only then were you truly beginning to understand how to craft a good story.
I'm way past number eight...