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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 providing entertaining and challenging plays and musicals for high schools, middle schools, colleges, community theatres, professional theatres for young audiences and even elementary schools. You'll find everything from full-length mainstage shows to one-acts to ten-minute plays for forensics. 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!




Want to give your designers a chance to strut their stuff? Check out Rumors of Polar Bears, my play(s) about teens living in a Mad Max-like world in the aftermath of climate change disaster.  Available in both one-act form (Playscripts) and as a full-length (YouthPLAYS)!


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

High School (non) Musical

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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 Screenwriters University. Check it out, and check them out!
 

Final Draft is the top scriptwriting software on the market. I have been a long-time advisor on all things playwriting.


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-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 Company I 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


Ed Shockley is my long-time friend and colleague at YouthPLAYS.


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
World Premiere!!!
Me, My Selfie & I co-premiered at Lompoc High School (Lompoc, CA) and Westmont High School (Campbell, CA) at the end of September. This one-act with a flexible cast introduces us to a group of teens as they struggle to find the balance between documenting their lives and living them. 
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The Midnight Club is Now Published!
Read a sample of my latest play, the short comedy The Midnight Club, my teen monster-themed homage to the classic John Hughes 80s film. It's now published by Playscripts as part of a new collection, Scared Silly!
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)
Robert Morgan Senior High (Miami, FL), October 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Buckingham High School (Buckingham, VA), October 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Munford Middle School (Munford, AL), November 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
KVCS Winslow Public School (Waterville, ME), November 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Nadia's Performance Studio (Wetherill Park, NSW, Australia), December 2017
 
After Math
Philip Barbour High School (Philippi, WV), December 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Hillard City School District (Columbus, OH), January 2018
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Hillard City School District (Columbus, OH), January 2018
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Trinity Episcopal (Austin, TX), January 2018
 
 
Stay Tuned...: Several new plays are in the works... 
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