ABOUT JACK

I began writing in High School and had my first play performed (directed by me and cast with friends, of course!) the summer after graduation. I continued through college, writing for two different college newspapers.

After moving to New York City (and because I had been a competitive gymnast for many years) I supported myself by coaching gymnastics for kids. Through that connection, I was hired to write for and perform on the long running PBS-TV Children's Show, BLOOPY'S BUDDIES.

During this time I submitted some of my other writing work to the Cable television show "The Islanders" and was hired as one of the writers for the show. After penning several episodes, I turned my abilities back to playwrighting. New York productions of my plays have included MAKING A SCENE, DOUBLE OR NOTHING, THE PLUMBING CHROMOSOME, SEX ON THE BEACH, THE IVY LEAGUE, and PERSPECTIVE, a play that made it into The New York Times for its "significant commentary" on 9/11.

I was fortunate to land a stint with ESPN as a "writer who spoke gymnastics," thereby sending me all over the world to write and Associate Produce "Postcard" segments of several World Gymnastics Championships.

Later, I began writing Children's stories. And that has led to the completion of my first full-length chapter book, BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS.

Two novels, LADY E, for adults, and MUSCAVADO, for middle grade, are in progress as is the book for a new Broadway Musical. More of my work can be seen in PRINCETON TOTS MAGAZINE, MONOLOGUES FOR MEN WRITTEN BY MEN, edited by Gary Garrison and Michael Wright and RIVERSEDGE, a Literary Magazine.

Additionally, in NYC, writing plays led me into directing, another love of mine. I directed the World Premier production of Joe Pintauro's MURDER BY CHOCOLATE. Later, I was asked to adapt and direct, for the stage, Terrence McNally's teleplay ANDRE'S MOTHER, starring Julie Wilson. I've had the pleasure of directing at Ensemble Studio Theatre, NY Repertory Theatre, The Art & Work Ensemble, The Harbor Theatre, West Bank Theatre, and many others. And soon, I will be directing the wonderful play, POSING, by Patrick Askin.

I grew up in San Antonio, a great city. I went to College in Boston, another great city. And I moved to New York. Yup, great cities just seem to be in my blood. And yet, I consider myself a small town boy. Go figure!

For information about any of my plays or books, please see my synopses and ordering information on the following pages or contact me at writer2day@aol.com.