CREATIVE WRITING HISTORY

 

ALL THE ANGRY CHILDREN (In Development)

Dramatic Screenplay.

LAST OF THE BURLY GIRLS (2017 / 2018)

Musical Dramedy Screenplay.

  • Best Screenplay

       2019 Beaufort Int'l Film Festival (Jean Ribaut Award)

  • Best Feature Screenplay

       2019 Cordillera International Film Festival

  • Finalist

       The Film Empire's 2019 Diversity Mentorship (Top 4)

       2019 DaVinci International Film Festival

       2018 WilliFest Williamsburg Film Festival

       2018 Byron Bay International Film Festival

       2018 New Renaissance London Film Festival

       2018 Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship

       2018 Hollywood Int'l Screenwriting Competition (Spring)

  • Semifinalist

       2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowship (Top 2%)

       2019 Richmond International Film Festival

       2019 Omaha Film Festival

       2018 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship       

       2017 American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest (Top 1%)

       2018 Roadmap Writers/Route One Entertainment Contest

       2017 Cannes Golden Plume International Screenwriting Competition

  • Quarter Finalist

       2019 Road to New Republic Competition (Top 50)

       2019 Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Competition

       2018 StoryPros International Screenplay Competition

       2018 Screencraft Drama Screenwriting Competition​

  • Top 20%

       2019 Austin Film Festival (2nd Rounder)

       2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowship

  • Official Selection

       Script Summit 2 (2019)

       2019 UK Film Festival

       2018 Switzerland International Film Festival 

     

pride & president (2017)

Dramedy Screenplay.

  • 4th Place Top 10 Winner - 86th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition

  • Finalist

       2018 Cape Cod International Film Festival

       2018 Wexford Film Festival

       2018 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition (Top 10)

       2018 Richmond International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

       2017 National Screenwriters Day Competition (Top 10)

  • Semifinalist

       2019 Cordillera International Film Festival

       2017 We Screenplay Fall Diverse Voices Contest​

       2017 New Hampshire Film Festival

  • 2nd Rounder (Top 20%) - 2017 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition

  • Quarter Finalist

       2019 Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Competition

       2018 StoryPros International Screenplay Competition

       2017 Stage 32 Annual Feature Screenplay Competition

       2017 Screencraft Screenwriter Fellowship

CONNECT (2016)

Dramedy Screenplay.

  • Best Feature Screenplay - 2017 Canada Independent Film Festival

  • Best Dramatic Screenplay - 2017 Reno Tahoe International Film Festival

  • Remi Platinum Winner - 51st WorldFest Houston Int'l Film Festival (2018)

  • Bronze Prize Winner - Best Drama - 2018 World Series of Screenwriting

  • Winner - 2017 Mountain Film Festival Sierra Nevada Award

  • Honorable Mention - 2016 Williamsburg Film Festival 

  • Finalist

       2018 Switzerland International Film Festival

       2018 Barcelona International Film Festival

       2018 Canadian Diversity Film Festival

       2018 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest (Drama)

       2018 River Bend Film Festival Script Competition

       2017 Oaxaca Filmfest (Official Selection, Drama)

       2016 Wexford Film Festival

  • Semifinalist

       2018 Ojai Film Festival

       2018 Omaha Film Festival

       2017 Richmond Int'l Film Festival

       2016 Orlando Film Festival

  • Second Rounder (Top 15%) - 2016 Austin Film Festival

  • Quarter Finalist

       2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowship (Top 5%)

       2019 Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Competition

       2017 Blue Cat Screenwriting Competition

       2017 Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition

       2017 WeScreenplay Feature Contest

       2017 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

  • Official Selection

       2018 Auckland International Film Festival

the politics of love & dance

(FORMERLY KNOWN AS "DIETRICH DANZIG") (2014, 2015, 2018)

Dramatic Screenplay.

  • Best Feature Screenplay

       11th LA Indie Film Festival (2017)

       2017 Omaha Film Festival

       2016 Atlanta Film Festival

       2015 Tea Dance LGBT Film Festival

  • 1st Place - Best Feature Screenplay

       2017  Flickers/Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival Screenplay Competition

  • 3rd Place - Best Feature Screenplay

       2019 Byron Bay International Film Festival

       48th WorldFest Houston Int'l FF (Remi Bronze for Best Original Drama)

  • Finalist - 2016 Seattle International Film Festival Catalyst Screenplay Competition with live, public reading at SIFF Film Center, Sept 21, 2016.

  • 6th Place Top 10 Winner - 84th Writer's Digest Writing Competition - TV/Movie Script Category

  • Honorable Mention for Best Drama - 2015 Screenplay Festival

  • Finalist

       2019 Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship       

       2018 New Renaissance Film Festival (Amsterdam, NL)       

       2017 ISA Fast Track VI Fellowship

       2016 Spring WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Writing Contest

       2016 New York International Screenwriting Awards

       2016 Amsterdam Film Festival

       2016 Swedish International Film Festival

       38th WriteMovies.com International Screenplay Contest

  • Semifinalist   

       2017 "Table Read My Screenplay" - Park City

       2017 Richmond Int'l Film Festival 

       2016 Denver Film Festival 

       2016 Nashville Film Festival

       2014 Screencraft Screenwriter Fellowship

  • Top 15%

       2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowship

       2016 Austin Film Festival

       2015 Austin Film Festival

  • Quarterfinalist

       The Film Empire's 2019 Diversity Mentorship

       2019 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship

       2019 Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Competition

       2015 Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition

  • Official Selection

       2018 Switzerland International Film Festival

       2018 Capital Fund Screenplay Competition (The Hot 100 List)

       2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival

DIETRICH DANZIG (2013)

A Play in Two Acts.

  • Winning Selection - 2014 Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival.

  • 1st public reading presented by Long Beach Playhouse on August 31, 2014.

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SYDNEY'S BEST (1995)

A Musical in Two Acts.  Project cancelled.

Draft libretto based on A Tale of Two Cities.

For Aquarian Productions, Salt Lake City, Utah.

LUCIA (1991)

A Musical in Two Acts.  Unstaged.

No performance rights granted to source material.  Libretto based on The Ghost & Mrs. Muir.

AESOP (1985)

A Musical Fable in One Act.  Unstaged.

Book for children's musical, commissioned by Aquarian Productions, Salt Lake City, Utah

CINDERSTELLA (1985)

A Comedy in One Act.  Staged.

Logan, Utah Road Shows.

 

EDUCATION

 

B.A. ENGLISH (CREATIVE WRITING)/FRENCH MINOR

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

 

2016 atlff SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP

Sponsored by the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival & Serenbe

Mentors: Michael Lucker, Robin Henry & Don Woodard

2017 off SCREENWRITING mentorship

Sponsored by the 2017 Omaha Film Festival

Mentor: Dr. Lew Hunter

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

CAMERON, MISSOURI (1979-1981)

Fiddler on the Roof  - MOTEL, THE TAILOR

Bye Bye Birdie - HARRY MacAFEE

Shenandoah - JACOB ANDERSON

Our Town - DOC GIBBS

110 in the Shade - PREACHER/CHORUS

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (1981-1984)

Come Blow Your Horn - BUDDY BAKER

The Curious Savage - JEFFREY

 

SARATOGA, CALIFORNIA (1991)

Into the Woods - WOLF / RAPUNZEL'S PRINCE

THEATRE COURSEWORK (UNIVERSITY OF UTAH)

Acting I/II

Auditioning for TV, Film and Radio

Fiction Workshops & Imaginative Writing

History of Musical Theatre

Playwriting & Scriptwriting

Poetry

Shakespeare

Improvisation & Street Theatre (3 years)

AFFILIATIONS

SOCAN / Dramatists Guild of America

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