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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
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:
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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
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Socorro High School (El Paso, TX), February 2017
 
The Locker Next 2 Mine
Uilenspiegel (Diest, Belgium), 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
 
4 A.M.
The Math Science and Arts Academy (Lake Charles, LA), March 2017
 
Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
Hinsdale Middle School (Hinsdale, IL), March 2017
 
After Math
Thomas Jefferson Middle School (Winston-Salem, NC), March 2017
 
Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
PA Drama (Pasadena, NF, Canada), March 2017
 
4 A.M.
Olathe South High School (Olathe, KS), April 2017
 
After Math
Olathe South High School (Olathe, KS), April 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Olathe South High School (Olathe, KS), April 2017
 
Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
The Berkeley School (Berkeley, CA), April 2017
 
4 A.M.
Quabbin Regional High School (Leominster, MA), April 2017
 
The Magic Hour
Kanab High School (Kanab, UT), April 2017
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Lincoln Junior High (Ellwood, PA), April 2017
 
4 A.M.
Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD), April 2017
 
The Magic Hour
Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD), April 2017
 
4 A.M.
Papillion Lavista South High School (Papillion, NE), April 2017
 
After Math
Penn Players (York, PA), April 2017
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight
Kammerer Middle School (Radcliff, KY), April 2017
 
4 A.M.
Northern Guilford High School (Greensboro, NC), April 2017
 
4 A.M.
El Cerrito High School (El Cerrito, CA), April 2017
 
Dear Chuck
Garage Theatre (Monaghan, Ireland), May 2017
 
Dear Chuck
East Stroudsburg Area High School South (East Stroudsburg, PA), May 2017
 
Vital Organs
Mount St Bernard College (Herberton, QLD, Australia), June 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
 
 
Me, My Selfie and I: Through scenes and monologues, an exploration of the selfie: the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Midnight Club: Five teen monsters serve midnight detention in an homage to the classic John Hughes 80s film in this 10-15 minute comedy.
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