I've always enjoyed writing. I wrote my
first poem at age six, and began writing short stories when I was eight.
I have a bachelor of arts degree in English Literature. For my senior thesis,
I wrote poetry under the supervision
of poet David
Craig. Then in 1993, I attended
a graduate-level summer program in Shakespearean literature
England. Since then, I have written a number of articles as a freelance writer
for The Catholic Servant newspaper in Minneapolis.
In the fall of 2001, I decided to try
my hand at screenwriting by attending a class at Metro State University in
Minneapolis. I really enjoyed writing a number
of screenplays for that course.
Shortly afterward, a friend returned from
a conference in Florida on Christians and media. He brought me a brochure
about the Act One: Writing for Hollywood program.
I eagerly applied to the program, was accepted, and attended the month-long
seminar in Chicago in June of 2002.
How did you decide that you had a "call" to
be a screenwriter in Hollywood?
An article by
Barbara Nicolosi was helpful for me as I discerned moving out to LA.
Click here to view the article.
As it turns out, my work has been more along the lines of service
to other artists out here, primarily through a Theology of the Body study group
and assisting with an RCIA program in Hollywood.
did it mean for you to be a missionary in Hollywood?
I tried to answer this question in the personal
statement that accompanied my application to Act One. Barbara Nicolosi,
director of the Act One program, said it well in a prayer she
wrote a few years ago.
What writing projects are you currently working on?
My main screenplay project is a
story about a young man and an aging nun navigating
the tempest of American Catholic seminary life in the 1990s - it's
part Dead Man Walking, part Ordinary People.
Rather than going directly to script, I'm drafting it as a novel, then deciding if it merits going to screenplay. Other writing projects include a book about friendship
as it relates to the spiritual life.
you live and work?
From 2004 until 2009, I rented
an apartment with two alumni of the Act One: Writing for
Hollywood program. We lived in Valley Village, about 15 minutes
north of Hollywood.
Other activities included coordinating the RCIA
Hollywood program held at Family Theater, singing in a Latin schola on
Sunday mornings at an area parish, and managing my own blogspot.
revised May 2009
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