After receiving my Ph.D in Dramatic Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, I began my teaching career as an Assistant Professor of Drama at the University of Virginia. After six years at UVA, I accepted the position of Chairman of the Theatre Arts Department at Drew University, where I had the opportunity to rebuild the program from the ground up. The central feature of the department was a playwriting program that saw student-written plays not only written, but produced in abundance on the department’s stages. The program eventually grew in size and reputation and was at one point rated the best undergraduate theatre program in the country by the Princeton Review.
While at Drew, I also founded the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey (later renamed the Writers Theatre of New Jersey), a professional theatre that throughout its 33 year history was dedicated to developing new plays and writers for the stage. As Playwright in Residence at Drew, I shared my time between the theatre department and the professional company.
In 2004 I left Drew to form Either/Or Films, an independent feature film company, that produced the award-winning The Sensation of Sight starring Academy Award nominee David Strathairn.
In 2012 I was approached by the New Hampshire Institute of Art to create a low-residency MFA program in Writing for Stage and Screen. The program ran for six years, producing nearly three dozen talented writers who are already making their mark in the entertainment industry. In 2019 the NHIA merged into New England College and the Writing for Stage and Screen program was revamped as part of NEC’s MFA in Creative Writing.
Here are comments from students who graduated from the MFA program I ran at NHIA: