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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 narrative projects, and I work as a freelance writer, 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 worked as a script and story consultant for production companies and projects both here and in the U.K., and have written several original scripts for both TV and Film.

I started out as an opera singer at Mason-Gross (Rutgers University), performing in several semi-professional productions as an early-twenty-something.  After college, I switched gears to theatre and was accepted to the Two-Year Acting program at LAMDA as the Lee Strasberg Scholar, where I trained with directors and writers from the RSC and National Theatre.

Following LAMDA, I acted in tiny little stuff in the New York theatre world, and began to work behind the scenes.  I was fortunate enough to direct or assistant-direct several theatre 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 the same time, and after a spell of ever-increasing freelance work, I fell into a staff position at Yahoo! Studios, where I stayed for five extremely-corporate years as the in-house producer, director and editor for 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 them, 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 York (really, 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 clearly bagels solve everything, as I’ve always suspected:

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And here is a picture of a sheep.