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is a comprehensive resource page for young playwrights and their teachers, and the home of the ultimate book for young writers, Young Playwrights 101 (that's its cover to the left!). It's available in paperback and as a downloadable e-book. Click on the picture!





YouthPLAYS is my collaboration with professional playwright Ed Shockley, a publishing company dedicated to plays for young actors and audiences. You'll find one-act and full-length plays and musicals, as well as monologues and duets for competitive forensics that are ideal for high school, middle school (some even for elementary school), youth theatre, theatre for young audiences (TYA), camps and more. All are available in digital form, and most are also available in hard copy for those who want to hold a book in their hands. And don't forget to join our YouthPLAYS Facebook fan page here, follow us on Twitter by clicking here or on Instagram by clicking here!


ProduceaPlay.com is the ultimate resource site for those who want to produce plays. Whether you're producing at a school, university, community or professional theatre, this site is the first place you should go.

 The website of Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions, my widely-produced one-act play about bullying, written specifically for teen performers. Visit and see what the buzz is about!




4 A.M., the musical, is a full-length musical about a group of teens all awake at that magical hour. I've written the book, based on my hit one-act play, and music and lyrics are by Alison Wood.


Of course, if you need a play for competition or a one-act festival (it's also great for class performance projects), then the original one-act about teens trying to navigate their way through the night-morning is a great choice. Clickon the picture!




Another great choice for competition or one-act festivals is Rumors of Polar Bears, my one-act about teens living in a Mad Max-like world in the aftermath of climate change disaster.  Awesome opportunities for costuming too!


High School (non) Musical is my hit parody of the Disney phenomenon. Come check out its dedicated website!

High School (non) Musical

Become a Fan on Facebook!


TheWriteConsultant.com is all about my consulting services. Need feedback on your play, screenplay, book or article? Help with outlines, treatments, query and cover letters? Visit me here to learn more.

The Write Food isn't a theatre page, but rather my food blog. Food is my other passion, and here I write about restaurants and cafes (including great places in which to write), home cooking recipes and tips, and, as a nod to my passion for theatre, TheatrEats: great restaurants near theatres in Los Angeles so that you can combine dinner and a show.


Hollins Playwrights Lab I have served as Visiting Professor in the MFA playwriting program (as well as in the children's literature program) at Hollins University in beautiful Roanoke, Virginia.


The Writers Store
is a great place to buy writing books and software. I'm a periodic contributor to their e-zine, and wrote Playwriting 101, an instructional site for playwrights, for them. I also teach Introduction to Playwriting as part of Writers University. Check it out, and check them out!
 

Final Draft is the top scriptwriting software on the market.


The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights is the service and support organization for playwrights in the Los Angeles area. It sponsors an annual play reading festival, major events like the Playwrights Expo and Dramapalooza, email lists, a script catalogue and many other networking and development opportunities. I'm Co-Chair!

The Philadelphia Dramatists Center is the professional organization for playwrights and other dramatic writers in the Philadelphia area. I was formerly managing director and am a lifetime member.


The Dramatists Guild
is the American professional association of playwrights, lyricists and composers. If you are serious about your writing, it's a must to join.


Brooklyn Publishers publishes Crash Positions, Leapers, Menagerie, Newt Gingrich Visits a Residential Youth Facility Not Near Omaha, Stealing Saxophones from Homeless People, Sudden Death Debating League, Supermodels in Jeopardy, Whatever Happened to Godot? and X Marks the Spot.


City Theater CompanyI was a longtime resident playwright at CTC, which produced eleven of my ten-minute plays and four of my one-acts, and have held readings of Milk and Cookies. They staged the world premieres of This Magic Moment and Neverland as part of Pub Plays and their mainstage season, respectively.

 

Original Works publishes Neverland.


Pioneer Drama carries Young Playwrights 101.


Playscripts publishes 4 A.M. (the one act), After Math, Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one act), High School (non) Musical, Just Add Zombies, The Magic Hour, Rumors of Polar Bears (one act), Run Like the Dickens (aka Tiny Tim Runs the Marathon), Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions, The Magic Hour, Twisting Carol and You Should Never Eat Your Heroes


The Springfield Academy of Arts and Academics produced the world premieres of Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions and High School (non) Musical.

 
 
Co-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles
Playwrights
, member of The Dramatists Guild of America, and life member of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center.

Final Draft Resident Playwriting Expert and author of Playwriting101.com.

Resident Playwriting Expert of The Writers Store.





Recent News
Thicker Premieres at Pasadena International Film Festival!
My short film directing debut, Thicker (which I also wrote), starring Erik Odom and Nick Podany, premiered at the Pasadena International Film Festival as part of the "Truth" bill of shorts in March 2016!
Straight Eye for the Gay Guy wins at California Independent Film Festival!
Straight Eye for the Gay Guy, which I adapted into a short film directed by Mary Lou Belli, won "Best Mini-Short" at the California Indepdendent Film Festival in September! It has since also screened at Palm Springs' Cinema Diverse, presenting the best in LGBT cinema, and the Ojai Film Festival.
Take My Online Playwriting Course!
Want to study playwriting from the comfort of your home, workplace or anywhere at all?  In Introduction to Playwriting, you'll get all of the basics of playwriting and be well on your way to writing a new play, but you don't even have to get out of bed if you don't want to!  Look for a new session this summer.  Get more information and enroll here:
www.screenwritersuniversity.com
Two New Plays Now Available
Check out the latest additions to my catalogue! There's a new short play, Dolphin, about the aftermath of a cyberbullying incident, and The Magic Hour, which is the stand-alone follow/up/sequel to my widely produced one-act, 4 A.M. Both are now published by Playscripts!
Playwriting Webinars!
Now available for purchase, two great webinars from yours truly! Each is nearly 90 minutes and packed with info (with a PowerPoint too!):
Playwriting 101:  Everything You Need to Know to Write a Play
Writing Plays for Young People: How to Write for the Biggest Market Nobody Knows About

Upcoming Productions
Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
Cambridge-Isanti High School (Cambridge, MN), January 2017
 
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Deep Run High School (Glen Allen, VA), January 2017
 
High School (non) Musical
Bonita Vista High School (Chula Vista, CA), February 2017
 
4 A.M.
The Math Science and Arts Academy (Lake Charles, LA), February 2017
 
4 A.M.
Youth Arts Committee (Dauphin, MB, Canada), March 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Scarborough High School (Gorham, ME), March 2017
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight
Kammerer Middle School (Radcliff, KY), April 2017
 
4 A.M.
North Mecklenburg High School (Huntersville, NC), June 2017
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
The Valley School of Southern Oregon (Medford, OR), June 2017
 
 
(un)Selfie: Through scenes and monologues, an exploration of the selfie: the good, the bad and the ugly.

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