As a teacher, I guide my student writers to search for the beating heart in their work, to critique with care, to rewrite using the pen as a scalpel, and to read and reread all the plays and screenplays they can get their hands on. I believe in re-inventing plot through language, form and format in order to find the best narrative trajectory for stories to succeed.
Scenes from an Adultery
The Lepers of Baile Baiste
The Blowin of Baile Gall
The Gigolo of Baile Breag
The Compass Rose
Little Black Dress
The Smuggler (A one person full-length play in rhyme)
The Second Girl
TV and Screenplays
Little Black Dress (Screenplay adapted) The Black Dress
I Glue You (Screenplay adapted) The Accident
(Boston International Film Festival and the Montclair Film Festival)
Winners and Losers (TV pilot for Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pretty Matches Productions)
Poppy X (TV Pilot)
Nantucket (TV pilot)
Mafia (3 scripts) High Noon Entertainment (Discovery Channel)
Production and Development
The Second Girl (Broadway option). Other productions - Huntington Theatre, Boston. Contemporary American Theatre Festival (WV). Kennedy Center (DC) St James Theatre (London). Theatre 503 (London) Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Sugan Theatre, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse (Artistic Associate) Irish Arts Center (NY), The Culture Project (NY) Williamstown Theatre Festival (MA). Sundance Theatre Workshop. The Lark Theatre, American Theatre Conservatory (SF), New York Stage and Film and the Hermitage Retreat in Florida, Spain, Scotland, Canada, Philippines and Ireland.
Full-length and one-act plays are published by Samuel French, Smith and Kraus, Baker Plays, and Dramatists Play Service. Awards include: Jeff Recommendations in Chicago; Ovation Recommendations in Los Angeles; Critics Award in Austin, Texas; American Critics Steinberg New Play Award nomination; nomination for best play at 1st Irish Festival New York; 3 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards for Best New Play; the Boston Theatre Critics Association's Elliot Norton Outstanding Script Award; a Kennedy Center National Playwriting Award; a 2014 Edgerton New American Play Award and the Inaugural Association for Theatre in Higher Education 2015 (ATHE) Excellence in Playwriting Award.. His essay on theatre, "Being Afraid to Breathe,” is published by the Princeton University Library Chronicle LXVIII. His play THE SECOND GIRL is featured in the October 2016 issue of American Theatre magazine and is published in the fall 2016 edition of the Eugene O’Neill Review. His plays have been featured in books on Irish Studies, such as Anail an Bheil Bheo: Orality and Modern Irish Culture and Sinead Moynihan’s, Other People’s Diasporas.
M.A.,Playwriting, Boston University
Politics and Mathematics, NUI Galway, Ireland