I am a multi-published author, and produced screenwriter (I co-wrote LION KING 2 among many other movies) who understands the importance of making learning fun. And let's be honest, if learning isn't interesting than you're not going to do it. (I get it, I'm a writer, I've made procrastination into an art form). I've been working with young people for over fifteen years now: online, in person and all over the country which I think gives me an insight that a lot of teachers don't have, plus I have great stories about the many many people I've worked with including quite a few celebrities. Last, but most important, I believe in my students and I will never NOT EVER give up on them.
I get to share what I love. Is there anything better? My favorite part of teaching is that "ah ha moment." You know, that moment when what you've been working on becomes crystal clear, like that proverbail lightbulb going off over the head. That's the best feeling in the world, knowing I helped someone "get it." I also get to meet all kinds of people (as a writer, people continue to fascinate me). And last, I learn too. Every. Single. Time. When I'm "teaching" I'm also learning and I love to learn. I love expanding my mind and feeling bigger.
Since today is Mother’s Day, I wanted to say thank you to my second mom: Cindy. You have made the Showdown experience so incredibly special and I appreciate everything you do for all of us who attend camp. You make Showdown a place where people can truly be themselves without any judgement. Showdown has helped me come out of my shell so much and I am so grateful for that. I miss you, Cindy, and love you so much! I hope you have an amazing Mother’s Day!!
To put it bluntly, everything. There's never been a space where I feel more accepted and loved. Showdown is where I found who I was, where I found lifetime friends, and where I learned some of the most important lessons of my life. The camp directors really genuinely care about each students growth and development during the camp. I will look back at my experience at Showdown with a tear of joy in my eye
I really just enjoyed the overall energy that the staff gave to me. They always put in sooo much effort to make sure everyone is happy/content, and they always included everyone in decision-making, and that was just a very conforming feeling;it made me feel seen and heard. The experience is like nothing Ive ever had before.
It’s a home and family to me. It means the world and has completely helped me develop into the person I am now. I love you guys and showdown ❤️
I begin by getting to know you. I like to where you are with "the work." Once, together, we've figured out what's going on with you then we dive in. I find the best way to learn something is to just jump in and do it. I won't spend a lot of time lecturing, unless you need it. We'll go hands on.
I'm a produced screenwriter and playwright. I've got three published non-fiction books. I've run a national theater program for the last fifteen years. I teach MANY online classes in writing and film.