c. 2021

My life and writing reflects the wild intersections of modern life. I was born to an undocumented Mexican mother who passed as white with a fake name and a Jewish father who I'm told sold arms to the Palestinians when we lived in Egypt when I was a kid. For real. I was a gay Jewish kid surrounded by hot Muslims. I lived in my head a lot, spinning stories as I grew up all over the world: Cairo, Honolulu, Austin, Phoenix, Albuquerque, New York, Los Angeles, and Ft. Collins, Colorado. I've written and produced in multiple tv formats and genres, indie film, both musical and non-musical theater, and I am the author of three books. Click here for CREDITS. Click here for PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT.

LATEST NEWS: The 2020 projects I'm working on in isolation are taking shape, including a new pilot and a screenplay called SHINE for STANDING BEAR PRODUCTIONS based on the true story of a magnetic London actor’s bid for stardom that takes a disastrous turn to emotional collapse and homelessness with a light at the end of the tunnel beyond anything he ever imagined. My new play IF YOU ARE READING THIS had a late April 2020 virtual performance for NO PANTS THEATRE COMPANY (watch it here) and it ran in November and December 2019 at PACIFIC RESIDENT THEATRE.

The WGA named me a television WRITERS ACCESS PROJECT honoree in its 2018 equity and inclusion program headed by the fantastic team of Glen Mazzara, Eric Garcia, and Leo Chu. The pilot script that got me in was "Oedipus Tex" for THE SECRET WORLD OF DANNY LOPEZ, which won at the New York Film Awards and the Los Angeles Film Awards, and was also nominated as best drama pilot script for the C21 International Drama Summit in London. At the Summit I had my share of drama as well, when I broke my foot—but the NHS was fantastic and free! (And big thanks to Phil Mulryne, Script Supervisor on the BBC medical drama HOLBY CITY who took me to the hospital. It was great to have a medical professional on hand. Though I do wish the hair and makeup team had been with him.) And a shout-out to Joey Tuccio at ROADMAP a terrific resource for writers at any level with a shout-out to Joey Tuccio!

My screenplay ELEPHANT & CASTLE won the 2019 Silver at the New York International Screenplay Awards, has been named Best Original Screenplay at the London Independent Film Awards and received a Special Commendation for Unproduced Screenplays from the British Independent Film Awards. The stage musical MR. CONFIDENTIAL continues its post-NYMF journey and the team now includes executive producers Ken Atchity and Chi Li Wong—with music by David Snyder and my book and lyrics. I'm developing a project on a twin-track for an American and/or a UK version, called WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? in the States (set in the Bronx) and THE GOSPEL OF JOSH (set in Hackney).

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LIFE: My husband Ronald Shore and I have been together since 1994 and we co-founded BABYHEAD PRODUCTIONS in 1997. We've married each other three times now. The first was a non-legally binding ceremony performed by our rabbi in 1996 in LA. We married again in Canada in 2003 when it became legal there. Then for good measure we got legally married again in the United States in 2013 when Prop. 8 was struck down. We are exploring the possibility of marrying six more times on the six other continents. In 2016 I became a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) to a fantastic foster kid, I spent ten years heading a mentoring program for LAUSD high school writers, have facilitated rap groups for LGBTQ KIDS, and Ronald and I are being held hostage by three incorrigible DACHSHUNDS. Send help.

AWARDS: THE SECRET WORLD OF DANNY LOPEZ WGA Writers Access Program Honoree for Television Comedy; New York Film Awards Best Screenplay; Los Angeles Film Awards Best Comedy Screenplay; C21 International Drama Summit Nominee Best Drama Pilot Script ELEPHANT & CASTLE London Independent Film Award Best Screenplay, Special Commendation British Independent Film Festival Best Unproduced Screenplay BOBBIE'S GIRL GLAAD Nominee Best TV Film; Emmy Nomination Bernadette Peters; Advocate Top Ten Television Events of the Year LULU eLit Silver Medal; Finalist: Int’l Book Award; Finalist:Next Generation Indie Award SILENT LIES Houston Int’l Film Festival Gold; Charleston International Film Festival Silver MR. CONFIDENTIAL (non-fiction book) Hermes Best Non-Fiction; Foreword Book of the Year Finalist MR. CONFIDENTIAL (stage musical) Anna Sosenko Trust Grant; NYMF Individual Performance UNCOMMON HEROES American Library Association Stonewall Book Award.