You want to see clips, huh? Here’s a sampling.
Chicago Magazine — I wrote this 750-word profile of up-and-coming Chicago filmmaker Sam Bailey, who felt stifled in a burgeoning theatre career and found her voice making webseries about women of color (Feb 2017). 1, 2
A fun look at actor/playwright Sandra Delgado, whose play La Havana Madrid serves as a sort of living ghost story about a long shuttered Latino salsa club in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood (Apr 2017). Digital link.
A look at Chicago Shakespeare’s $35M new theater, The Yard, which opens in September and is, essentially, the world’s biggest black box theatre. (Sep 2017) Digital link.
Chicago’s Visceral Dance brings in Danielle Agami, an Israeli-born, LA-based choreographer to create a new work about laughter in trying political times. (Oct 2017) Digital link.
A profile of indie folk superstar and Lake Forest native Andrew Bird and his new album, Echolocations. (Dec 2017) Digital link.
An ode to the multitude of mysteries lurking all over Chicago, in the form of buildings with words of unknown heritage inscribed above the entryway. (Mar 2017) Digital link.
A quick hit on Backroom Shakespeare Project, one of Chicago’s most electric — and invisible — theatre companies. (Mar 2017) Digital link.
Huffington Post — I drafted this op-ed on the California Fourteen — members of the US House who voted for the AHCA. (May 15 2017)
Sacramento Bee — A call for reform in the bail industry, a broken system that disenfranchises the poor and threatens everyone’s basic constitutional rights. (June 26 2017)
Logline — A personal essay for a screenwriting magazine about moving from Chicago to Los Angeles, and how some of the most exciting moments on stage — and in life — happen when someone acts ‘out of character.’ (May/June 2017)
Quad City Times — I reported for the City Section of the QCT, Iowa’s third largest newspaper, in my early 20s, under the guidance of Mark Ridolfi. Here are a few select clips of daily reporting on city happenings — parades, ham radio networks, county fairs — grade A local stuff.
Courage Campaign — I consulted for Courage Campaign on The People’s Report Card, a tool to bring transparency to California government and honor legislators who stand up for everyday people, not corporations. I wrote a great deal of copy for the website, helped craft the site’s messaging and directed this two minute video about the project (May 2017).
Rivals.com — From 2006-2008, I penned 200+ pieces for Rivals.com, a network of sports websites focused on coverage of college football and basketball recruiting. In addition to recruiting profiles, I did game analysis for sites representing Illinois, Virginia Tech, Georgia and others. Clip #1, Clip #2, Clip #3, Clip #4
TimeOut Chicago — Before I was an Artistic Director, I wrote a few reviews for the Comedy section of ToC. I had to give up this gig almost as soon as I got it because I decided to start a theatre company, but it was fun while it lasted.
The Scribbling — I actually started this blog for Catharsis Productions, my former employer, and wrote a number of pieces about social justice and the college experience. A major programming shift led to the company resetting the blog’s content in 2015, so few of my pieces remain. But here’s one that does.
Theatre Seven of Chicago — From 2006 – 2014, I was the founder and Managing Director of this theatre company, and wrote every type of copy you can imagine — press releases, grant proposals, fundraising letters, season brochures, play descriptions — you name it. The links are a very, very small sample of the broad range of writing I did with T7.