Guest Starring in New Sitcom

Just shot a Guest Star role in an upcoming sitcom, to be aired early 2016. More info to come as soon as I'm allowed to share it!

Top 7% in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

Out of 7,442 scripts submitted to the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, I'm happy that my screenplay "Twang" made it into the top 7%. I feel fortunate that not only do I feel like my writing has improved (last year, a different script of mine was in the top 20%), but that I'm lucky enough to receive validation about that feeling from such a prestigious organization. 

"Twang" is the story of a 30-something divorced mom from rural Tennessee whose life is spinning out of control, who secretly returns to a fledgling career she abandoned long ago as a Nashville country music singer.

I'm eager to dig back in, re-write it with helpful comments from the Fellowship readers in September, and improve the script. Next year: finals!

Meanwhile, congrats to all the scripts and writers going to the next round!

#3 in the 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest!

#3 in the 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest!

In what Screencraft called "perhaps the most extended deliberations in ScreenCraft’s history," the judges selected my comedy screenplay "Maxed" as the #3 best comedy script in their 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest. I'm thrilled and honored to be recognized in such a large and distinguished field, and I've never been happier about shouting "I'm #3! I'm #3!"

What's "Maxed" about? When the son of an ex-hacker-turned-corporate-drone gets kidnapped, the unlikely hero must implant an experimental (and evil?) programming chip to get his boy back. It's a quirky take on that action/kidnapping/vigilante-style genre, which I love AND love to mess with.

Big thanks to all the judges in the contest!

Winner of FunnyorDie's "Make 'Em LAFF" Comedy Showcase!

Winner of FunnyorDie's "Make 'Em LAFF" Comedy Showcase!

As part of the Los Angeles Film Festival, FunnyorDie.com selected ten short comedy films as finalists in the "Make 'Em LAFF" Comedy Competition and Showcase. I'm thrilled to announce that my short film "Open House" was selected as the winning short comedy film!

It was a great evening at LAFF, with some hilarious stand-ups and the screening of a few of the other amazingly hilarious finalist short films. A big thanks to everyone at FunnyorDie.com and the "Make 'Em LAFF" selection committee!

Appearing on IFC's "Documentary Now!" with Fred Armisen and Bill Hader

Appearing on IFC's "Documentary Now!" with Fred Armisen and Bill Hader

Look for me in the clever new docu-parody series "Documentary Now!" on IFC, starting August 20. Created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers (and directed by the brilliant team of Rhys Thomas and Alex Buono), the comedy takes on a different style of documentary in each episode. Dame Helen Mirren is the "host" of the series!

I'll be appearing in the episode "Under 45 Seconds," playing Marjorie Yoder. I'm not sure of the episode's exact air date yet, but there are only 6 episodes in the whole series, and each one is going to be amazing, so don't miss any of them!

Performing in "A Little New Music" on Wednesday June 3!

I'm looking forward to singing Brian Woodbury's hilarious song "People Person" at the acclaimed L.A. musical theater series "A Little New Music" on Wednesday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets available here (they sell out quickly).

Hosted by Tony-winner Daisy Eagan and Jordan Kai Burnett, "A LITTLE NEW MUSIC is a fast-paced hour of the best new or unheard musical theater songs out there. Whether it’s a recent premiere from an established writer or an undiscovered tune from a promising up-and-comer, our mission is to entertain with a program that keeps your finger on the pulse." And who doesn't want their finger on the pulse? I mean, where else should that finger be?

It all takes place at Rockwell Table & Stage (1714 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027, in Los Feliz). It even has its own theme song!  Should be a fun night, please join us!

2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest Quarter-Finalist

One of my comedy feature screenplays, "Maxed," is a quarter-finalist in the 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest!

What's "Maxed" about? When the son of an ex-hacker-turned-corporate-drone gets kidnapped, the unlikely hero must implant an experimental (and evil?) programming chip to get his boy back. (I've always thought those kidnapped-kid/action films were perfectly set up for an oddball comedic take, so I took it.)

Thanks to the folks at Screencraft!

Winner "Best of Fest" at Boston's 2015 Women In Comedy Festival Film Night!!

Winner "Best of Fest" at Boston's 2015 Women In Comedy Festival Film Night!!

So excited and honored that my short film "Open House" was selected as the Best Comedy in the 2015 Women in Comedy Festival Film Night! Films were screened and awards distributed at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge on April 22, at the first Film Night of the 7th Annual WICF.

Bringing together women and men from all walks of comedy: improv, sketch, stand up, musical comedy, and storytelling stand up, WICF provides Boston comedy audiences a chance to see both local and nationally known comedians, and this year, the festival opened with live performances from Lily Tomlin, Jane Lynch, and Cristela.

A huge thank you to everyone involved with the festival, and congratulations to all the other films selected. Click here to view "Open House" on Funnyordie.com!

"Holding" Selected as Semifinalist in O'Neill National Playwrights Conference

My newest play, "Holding," has been selected as a Semifinalist in the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for the American theater. The O’Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and 2,500 emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O’Neill have gone on to full production at other theaters around the world, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, and major regional theaters.

In "Holding," three worldviews collide when a wealthy American woman finds herself detained with an Egyptian traveler, questioned by a small-town sergeant in a police holding room in Ireland.

Winner of the Funny Women LA Festival Video Shorts Competition!

Proud to announce that my short film "Open House" was selected Best Video Short in the 1st Annual Cake Batter's Funny Women LA Festival at iOWest this past weekend! Our film will be featured on Jill Soloway’s (creator, writer and director of Amazon’s hit series Transparent) WIFEY.TV web site and she will review it, too. "Open House" will also be featured on the iOWest Web site front page and iOWest Youtube channel. 

A big thanks to our cast and crew Carrie Barrett, Herbert Russell, Marisha Mukerjee, Lauren Bennett, and Jason Serrone. And another big bucket of gratitude for everyone involved with the Funny Women LA Festival and iOWest!