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I am a writer, producer, director and editor – sometimes all at the same time – for Film, TV and Video. I’ve recently co-founded a new company called Five Four Media, Inc. to develop and produce new projects in the world of Film and TV, and I work as a freelance producer and director of mostly-short-form content for a wide range of clients, such as The College Board, Novartis, The Juilliard School and the American Alpine Club.

As a screenwriter, I’ve served as a script and story consultant for production companies and projects both here and in the U.K., and I have several original projects in development for both TV and Film.

My MFA in Writing and Production is from Long Island University’s  TV Writer’s Studio in Brooklyn, and I hold a postgraduate degree in Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (2 Year Course).

I started out as an opera singer at Mason-Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, also earning a B.A. in History. After college, I auditioned for and was accepted to the Acting program at LAMDA, where I was awarded the Lee Strasberg Scholarship, and trained for two years with directors and writers from the RSC and National Theatre.

Following LAMDA, I acted in tiny little stuff in the NY theatre world, and started to work more behind the scenes.  I was fortunate enough to direct or assistant-direct several theater productions including “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln,” “Hamlet,” and Neil LaBute’s “Some Girls” (Off-Broadway, directed by Jo Bonney), where I got to work as acting coach to Fran Drescher.

I also began working as a video editor around this time, and after a couple years of ever-increasing freelance work, I earned a staff position at Yahoo! Studios, where I stayed for five very-corporate years as the in-house producer, director and editor for all East Coast Originals content. While at Yahoo, I enrolled  at the TV Writers Studio, where I studied screenwriting with Norman Steinberg, a writer of Blazing Saddles and My Favorite Year, and Stephen Molton, a former development executive at Showtime. 

I am religiously involved with mountains and climbing, I play ice hockey when my knees allow me to, and I love travel, photography, and any combination of the above. I reside in New Jersey with my beautiful and supportive wife, who is the better-looking one in this picture:

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And on July 9th, 2014, we welcomed our son Isaac into this crazy world.

Upon entry, he wasn’t  that impressed, but he’s gotten used to it by now:

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And here is a picture of a sheep.