What I done so far
My musical Cheer Wars (co-written with Gordon Leary), won the 2009 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre and has had several readings and workshop productions. What a pleasure to work with veteran talent such as Sally Struthers, Annie Golden, Patrick Vaccariello, Mary Testa and so many others as this piece has moved along.
Current projects include Treasure, a musical inspired by a year when I taught math to incarcerated teenagers in NYC, Oh My God, Broadway!, a satirical musical about the struggling class of musical theatre actors, andThe Big Bang Theory: A Pop-Rock Musical Parody.
Other musicals include: Marnie’s Musical (with Gena Oppenheim), Hunger, still lifes from the Donner Party Expedition (Selection at 2009 Chicago Stages! Festival), Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Lemonade and The Case of the B-Team Cheerleader (Stella Adler Theatre, Los Angeles).
My work has been performed in NYC at The Henry Longacre Theatre, The Peter Norton Space, Joe’s Pub, Symphony Space, The Triad Theatre, The Laurie Beechman Theater, The York Theatre and The D Lounge. I have completed residencies at Goodspeed Musicals, CAP 21 and the Berkshire Playwrights Lab.
My choral music is published by Yelton-Rhodes Music . Choral works include "We, in memory of Brandon Teena, Matthew Shepard and James Byrd," "What a Gay 'Ole Christmas Tree," and "This Time Next Year." These works have been performed by choruses throughout the United States and Canada.
I am also a conductor, having been the Artistic Director of West Coast Singers, an LGBTQ community chorus in Los Angeles. I was also the conductor of the UCLA Chamber Singers and Asst. Conductor of the Angeles Chorale, under the mentorship of the esteemed conductor Donald Neuen.
I am an arts teacher as well, having worked with the Metropolitan Opera Guild as a consultant and teaching artist, bringing the performing arts into classrooms as well as leading and planning professional development opportunities for educators and giving lectures/workshops to opera-goers. I was hired by the Center for Music in Education to help them explore an "arts as education" model, funded by a million dollar grant from the US Department of Education.