EDUCATION:

Rutgers University, M.F.A., Playwriting
Ouachita Baptist University, B.A., English and Political Science
Crossgate Academy, High School Diploma, Valedictorian

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA:

Screenwriting and Television Writing Studio (2016 – Present)

Successfully taught a diverse group of students pitching, outlining, note-carding, and screenplay format; met with students out of class to continue developing their original screenplays and pilots; taught television structure for episodic and linear narratives on network, cable, and premium channels; gave daily quizzes, midterms, and finals; created the syllabus and class requirements; scored outstanding teacher evaluations

Form and Theory: Screenwriting (2016)

Successfully taught a diverse class of seventeen students; created the syllabus and class requirements; lectured on screenwriting theory, structure, and history; analyzed past and current independent films; Skyped successful industry writers and directors into class; met with students out of class to develop their original screenplays; took the students through the process of writing and rewriting a feature film; gave daily quizzes, midterms, and finals

Creative Writing for the Arts (2016 – Present)

Successfully taught a diverse class of sixteen students screenwriting, fiction, poetry, and non-fiction; created a syllabus and class assignments; gave daily quizzes, midterms, and finals; scored outstanding teacher evaluations

Introduction to Screenwriting  (2015 – 2016)

Successfully taught a diverse group of undergraduate students; created the syllabus and class requirements; scored perfect teacher evaluations; took the students on set for the filming of my feature-film The Revival, giving them hands-on industry experience, which led to future employment for multiple students

Autobiographical Reading and Writing (2015 – Present)

Successfully taught a diverse group of twenty undergraduate students; gave daily quizzes, midterms, and finals; scored high teacher evaluations; showed students how to write effectively by focusing on their own personal experiences, and by examining modern memoirs.

RUTGERS UNVERSITY:

Playwriting 2010-2013

Successfully taught a diverse group of undergraduate students with class sizes ranging from six to twenty-five; created the syllabus and class requirements; consistently scored high teacher evaluations

Basic Composition 2008-2013

Taught classes of twenty students; prepared them for Expository Writing; graded forty essays every two weeks; created essay questions, class assignments, quizzes, midterms, and finals; held two office hours per week to deal personally with students, reviewing their rough drafts and helping them prepare for their final drafts

Expository Writing 2006-2013

Taught classes of twenty-two students; graded forty-four essays every two weeks; created essay questions, class assignments, midterms, and finals; held two office hours per week to deal personally with students, reviewing their rough drafts and helping them prepare for their final drafts

Playwright/Director Relationship 2008

Took over one semester for the dean of the graduate department, Israel Hicks; taught eight graduate students; created the syllabus and class requirements; critiqued all aspects of student scenes (acting, directing, writing, etc.); led them through a rehearsal process – from page to stage

Screenwriting (2007)

Successfully taught a diverse group of twenty students how to pitch, outline, write and rewrite a screenplay; watched films (both independent and commercial) in class and analyzed specific scenes; scored outstanding teacher evaluations

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA MFA RETREAT:

Guest Artist (2016)

Taught graduate students the process of adapting a play into a feature-film; mentored a graduate student in screenwriting; gave her feedback, discussed structure, and kept in touch to advise on future work

GREAT PLAINS THEATRE CONFERENCE:

Guest Artist (2016)

Moderated a panel with Kia Corthron on playwrights writing for television and film; responded to plays in the festival; directed Paul Hufker’s play Snowed In: An Imagining; directed my play Missed Connections; mentored a high school student and allowed him to shadow me during rehearsals

SEVEN DEVILS PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE:

Playwright Mentor 2012

Mentored a young playwright; helped him develop an original ten minute play; sat with him in rehearsals for his play; allowed him to shadow me through the production of one of my plays; kept in touch to advise on his future work

NATIONAL THEATRE INSTITUTE:

Playwriting Seminar 2011

Taught a workshop for NTI students at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center; taught structure, critical reading, and rewriting; worked through original ten minute plays with each student

Playwright Mentorship 2011

Mentored a young playwright; gave him feedback on his plays; discussed structure with him; assigned reading; helped him work through several drafts of a full length play; kept in touch to advise on his future work

EUGENE O’NEILL NATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE:

Theatremakers Mentor 2007

Mentored a young playwright; allowed him to shadow me through the production of one of my plays; read and commented on his work; helped guide him through a new draft of one of his plays; sat with him during rehearsals for his reading; kept in touch to advise on his future work

ST VINCENT MARTYR SCHOOL:

Playwriting 2008-2010

Taught a weekly afterschool playwriting class for elementary students; read ten minute plays and discussed them; lead the class through various writing exercises; the semester culminated in the students performing their original ten minute plays

LIVINGSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

Reading Tutor 2005-2007

Tutored elementary students in reading and writing; helped them with their homework; worked on grammar, reading comprehension, and critical thinking

CROSSGATE ACADEMY:

September 2003 – May 2004
7TH and 8th Grade English Teacher
Junior Varsity Basketball Coach, Head