Accolades


This list includes nominations, awards, notable publications, world premieres, and official selections in film festivals, literary competitions, and theatre festivals.

IN CURRENT COMPETITION
Passengers (short film screenplay)
2022: Quarterfinalist, WeScreenplay Shorts Contest

Willa Cather Would Not Approve (feature film screenplay)
2022: Quarterfinalist, ScreenCraft Feature Competition

FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAYS
The Everlasting Gift (adapted from the novel)
2022: Finalist, Hamburg Film Awards (Germany), Best Feature Script
2021: Finalist, San Pedro International Film Festival, Screenplay Competition
2021: Nominee, The Workers Unite Film Festival, Screenplay Competition
2021: Official Selection, San Diego Movie Awards, Best Feature Screenplay
2021: Official Selection, Big Bear Film Summit, Feature Screenplay Contest
2021: Official Selection, Canadian Diversity Film Festival, Best Screenplay

Made from Scratch
2017: Grand Prize Jury Winner, Film Invasion L.A., Best Screenplay
2017: Finalist, Colorado International Film Festival, Screenplay Competition
2017: Official Selection, Hollywood Film Competition, Best Script
2016: Official Selection, The Inspired Minds Short Film & Screenplay Competition

Willa Cather Would Not Approve
2022: Finalist, The Good Life Review, Honeybee Prize for Stage and Screen (short film version)
 
SHORT FILM SCREENPLAYS
Baby Cindy
2018: Semi-Finalist, Chicago Horror Film Festival Screenplay Contest
2017: Winner, L.A. Shorts Awards, Best Short Film Script
2017: Winner, New York Film Awards, Best Screenplay
2017: Winner, NYC Indie Film Awards, Best Short Film Screenplay
2017: Finalist, Eerie Horror Film Festival, Best Short Screenplay
2017: Finalist, Fear NYC, Best Unproduced Screenplay
2017: Finalist, Filmmatic Screenplay Awards, Short Works
2017: Finalist, Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, Best Screenplay
2017: Finalist, NYC Horror Film Festival, Best Unproduced Short
2017: Finalist, South Carolina Underground Film Festival, Screenplay Competition
2017: Honorable Mention, Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Screenplay Short
2017: Nominee, Independent Horror Movie Awards, Best Screenplay
2017: Official Selection, Diabolical Horror Film Festival, Best Short Script
2017: Runner Up, Upstate NY Horror Film Festival, Best Short Script
2017: Semi Finalist/Top 5, The Film Empire's Scrypt to Screen Horror Contest
2017: Semi Finalist, Shiver International Film Festival, Best Short Script
2017: Semi Finalist, Los Angeles CineFest, Best Short Screenplay

Baby in the Basement (adapted from the short play)
2020: Semi-Finalist, Drama Inc. Screenplay Competition
2020: Nominee, Screenplay Competition, Beverly Hills Film Festival
2020: Winner, Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Actress (Josette Aderhold)
2019: Winner, Prisma Independent Film Awards (Rome), Best Short Screenplay
2019: Official Selection, Mediterranean Film Festival (Sicily), Best Screenplay
2018: Finalist, London Cinematic International Film Festival, Best Short Screenplay
2017: Finalist, Play Film Festival (Paris), Best Short Script

Boxcar (Dutch title: Wagon; adapted from the short play)
2018: Winner, Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Drama Screenplay
2018: Finalist, Film Daily Screenwriting Contest, Drama Short Script
2018: Semi-Finalist, Omaha Film Festival, Short Screenplay Competition
2017: Winner, European Independent Film Awards, Best Short Film Script
2017: Winner, Mindfield Film Festival Albuquerque, Best Short Film Script
2017: Winner, L.A. Shorts Awards, Best Short Film Script
2017: Winner, Play Film Festival (Paris), Best Short Script
2017: Winner, New Renaissance Film Festival (Amsterdam), Best Short Screenplay
2017: Winner, Sunday Shorts Film Festival (London), Best Screenplay
2017: Winner, Tea Dance Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Short Screenplay
2017: Finalist, Rome International Cinefest, Screenwriting Contest
2017: Finalist, Los Angeles Television, Script and Film Festival, Screenplay Competition
2017: Finalist, The Queer Hippo International LGBT Film Festival, Screenwriting
2017: Finalist, The StoryMode Independent Short Film Awards, Best Short Script
2015: Semi-Finalist, Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition (London), Short Film

Bracelets and Boyfriends (Production title: Bracelets; adapted from the short play)
2017: Winner, Rendezvous Film Festival, Shorts Screenplay

Dummy (adapted from the novel)
2022: Winner, Stanley Film Awards, Best American Writer
2022: Winner, Golden Wings International Film Awards, Best Horror Short Screenplay
2021: Winner, The Thing in the Basement Horror Fest, Best Short Screenplay
2021: Semi-Finalist, Plot Point Awards, Short Script
2021: Official Selection, Horrors4You, Script Competition
2019: Finalist, New York City International Screenplay Awards, Short Script

Make It 'til Dawn (adapted from the short story)
2022: Quarterfinalist, 80 Screams International Film Festival. Screenwriting
2021: Semi-Finalist, Chicago Horror Film Festival, Short Screenplay
2021: Official Selection, Hollywood Horrorfest, Screenplay Short Film
2021: Finalist, Oregon Screams Horror Film Festival, Horror Comedy Short
2021: Finalist, Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest, Short Screenplay
2021: Finalist, Tokyo International Short Film Festival, Best Script

Number 76 (adapted from the short play)
2021: Honorable Mention, Red Dragon Creative Awards, Best Short Script
2017: Finalist, Windy City Film Festival (Chicago), Best Short Screenplay

Passengers
2022: Second Place, Filmocracy Scriptwriter Showdown, Drama Genre Edition
2022: Quarterfinalist, Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition 

A Sort of Madness (adapted from the short play)
2022: Winner, Luis Bunuel Memorial Awards, Short Script
2022: Winner, 8&HalFilm Awards (Italy), Best Script
2022: Winner, New York Tri-State Film Festival, Best Script
2022: Official Selection, short-filmz, Short Film Screenplay
2022: Official Selection, Madrid International Film Festival, Short Screenwriting
2022: Honorable Mention, Night of Comedy Shorts (Italy), Short Screenplay

Tagged (adapted from the short play)
2022: Winner, Hamburg Film Awards (Germany), Best Short Script
2022: Honorable Mention, Art Film Awards (Macedonia), Short Script
2021: Winner, Oz Indie Film Festival (Australia), Best Short Screenplay
2021: Official Selection, Pasadena International Film Festival, Short Screenplay
2021: Semi-Finalist, Prix Royal Paris Screenplay Awards, Short Script
2021: Finalist, Hollywood Gold Awards, Short Script
2021: Honorable Mention, New York Movie Awards, Short Script
2021: Official Selection, Chicago Indie Film Awards, Best Unproduced Script
2021: Winner, Best Script Award (London), Best Super Short Script
2017: Winner, Changing Faces International Film Festival (Sydney), Best Screenplay Short
2017: Winner, Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Screenplay Short
2017: Winner, Universe Multicultural Film Festival (Los Angeles), Best Short Screenplay

TELEVISION
Ambrosia (adapted from the novel)
2017: Finalist, New York Short Film and Screenplay Competition, Best Teleplay
2017: Official Selection, Atlanta Comedy Film Festival, Best Comedy Television Episode
2016: Finalist, The Hollywood Screenplay Contest, Television Sitcom
2015: Semi-Finalist, FilmMakers TV Writing Competition (Los Angeles)

The Other Side of Pretty (co-writer)
2018: Finalist, Sundance Institute/YouTube New Voices Lab

PLAYWRITING
Baby in the Basement
2012: U.K. Premiere, Bike Shed Theater, Exeter (England)
2011: Official Selection, FronteraFest, Hyde Park Theatre (Austin)
2011: Official Selection, NYC 15-Minute Play Festival, American Globe Theatre
2004: New York Premiere, The Creative Place Theatre, Love Creek Productions

Before Harmony Sleeps with Jeff
2020: The Best Men's Monologues (Smith & Kraus; edited by the True Acting Institute)

Better Places to Go
2003: Winner, Elly Award, Best Original Script
2003: Winner, Ely Award, Best Original Production

Boxcar
2016: World Premiere, Playcrafters Fringe Festival (Pennsylvania)

Bracelets and Boyfriends
2007: Winner, Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award, Best Stage Play
2007: New York Premiere, Emerging Artists Theatre, MTC Studios
2006: Official Selection, Second Annual Evening of Shorts, Kingwood College (Texas)

Clean
2005: Official Selection, Kentuck Arts Ten-Minute Play Festival (Alabama)
2005: Alabama Conference of Theatre’s Ten-Minute Play Festival, Troy University

The Clutch
2015: Official Selection, In the Works, One Night Stand Theater (Colorado)
2012: Off-Off Broadway Production, The Producer's Club

Deena and the Dino Mights
2015: World Premiere, Mile High 24 Festival, Vintage Theatre (Colorado)
2015: Official Selection, Animal Kingdom, One Night Stand Theater (Colorado)

Don't Mention It
2008: Winner, World AIDS Day Writing Contest, Stage Play
2008: World Premiere, Moments of Play, Salem Theatre Company (Massachusetts)
2008: A&U: America's AIDS Magazine, September/October Issue (edited by Chael Needle)

False Hopes
2000: The Best Women's Stage Monologues (Smith & Kraus; edited by Jocelyn Beard)

Fractured
2019: The Best Women's Monologues (Smith & Kraus; edited by the True Acting Institute)

Frozen Stars
2002: The Best Women's Stage Monologues (Smith & Kraus; edited by D.L. Lepidus)

Hour Glass
2017: Official Selection, Cracks Theatre Festival, University of Guam
2009: South Africa Premiere, Franklin Players One Act Festival (Johannesburg)
2009: Canada Premiere, Highwood Memorial Center, High River (Alberta)
2005: New York Premiere, Where Theater Starts, Hudson Exploited Theater Company

Johnny Ramirez Really Wants to Kiss Me
2013: Official Selection, DC Queer Theatre Festival (Washington, D.C.)
2010: Off-Off Broadway Production, Short Play Lab, Roy Arias Studio Theatre
2008: Winner, Slam Boston Award, Boston Center for the Arts, Best Stage Play
2007: Official Selection, Stage This, Too! (New York City)
2006: Official Selection, Queer Shorts, Stage Q (Madison, Wisconsin)

Just Before the Drop
2019: Official Selection, Short Plays & Contemporary Dance, Firehouse Theatre (Virginia)
2017: 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance (Smith & Kraus; edited by John Capecci and Irene Ziegler)
2007: New York Premiere, Short Stories 8: Urban View, Native Aliens Theatre Collective

Last Dance
2020: The Best 10-Minute Plays (Smith & Kraus; edited by the True Acting Institute)
2016: World Premiere, Spectrum: LGBT New Play Festival, Funky Little Theater Company (Colorado)

Let's Not Confuse the Situation
2005: World Premiere, The Makor Theatre 10-Minute Play Festival (New York City)

Number 76
2009: Official Selection, Mid-America Dramatists Lab (Chicago)
2006: Official Selection, Kingsborough Community College Festival (Brooklyn)
2001: New York Premiere, John Houseman Studio Theater, Love Creek Productions
2000: The Best Stage Scenes (Smith & Kraus; edited by Jocelyn Beard)

Pensacola
1996: Nomination, Elly Award, Best Leading Actress
1996: Nomination, Elly Award, Best Original Production
1996: Nomination, Elly Award, Best Original Script

Relocations
2013: World Premiere, Rough Writers Festival, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

A Rum Cake for Rita
2019: The Best Women's Monologues (Smith & Kraus; edited by the True Acting Institute)

Shallow End
2020: Finalist, Billy Roche International Short Play Award

Shimmer
2022: The Best Men's Stage Monologues (Smith & Kraus; edited by Debbie Lamedman)
2022: The Best Women's Stage Monologues (Smith & Kraus; edited by Debbie Lamedman)

Sky Lines
2010: Off-Off Broadway Production, The Producer's Club
2007: Third Place, New Works for Young Women, The University of Tulsa

Sloe Gin Fizz
2007: Official Selection, Fifth Annual Lavender Footlights Festival (Miami)
2000: The Best Men's Stage Monologues (Smith & Kraus; edited by Jocelyn Beard)

Somebody's Baby
1997: Winner, Elly Award, Best Original Script

Syrup
2020: The Best Women's Monologues (Smith & Kraus; edited by the True Acting Institute)

Taking Off
2009: Off-Off Broadway Production, Zero to Sixty in One Page Theatre Festival

Threnody
2017: Official Selection, Cracks Theatre Festival, University of Guam
1999: The Best Men's Stage Monologues (Smith & Kraus; edited by Jocelyn Beard)
1999: The Best Stage Scenes of 1999 (Smith & Kraus; edited by Jocelyn Beard)
1999: The Best Women's Stage Monologues (Smith & Kraus; edited by Jocelyn Beard)
1997: Nomination, Elly Award, Best Original Script

Trophy
2020: The Best Men's Monologues (Smith & Kraus; edited by the True Acting Institute)

The Truants
2020: Winner, Best Stage Script, Script and Storyboard Showcase (Los Angeles)
2020: Nominee, Best Stage Play, Woodbury Film Festival (Salt Lake City)
2018: Finalist, Storyline, DaVinci International Film Festival (Los Angeles)

Unrequited
2003: New York Premiere, The Creative Place Theatre, Love Creek Productions

Vixen
2017: Official Selection, Punk Monkey Productions, Play Noir (Los Angeles)

We Never Made it to Paris
2012: Off-Off Broadway Production, The Producer's Club

NOVELS
Mesmerized
2022: Selected for Wheat Ridge Reads by the City of Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission
2011: Second Place, 2011 Rainbow Awards, Coming of Age/Young Adult Novel

Swimming to Chicago
2012: Finalist, American Library Association, Rainbow Books, GLBTQ Books for Children and Teens,
2012: Finalist, ILA (Independent Literary Award)

Wonderland
2014: Finalist, American Library Association, Rainbow Books, GLBTQ Books for Children and Teens

POETRY
Cherry Drop (poem)
2020: Nominee, Pushcart Prize, Halfway Down the Stairs 

Latin Freestyle (poem)
2008: Third Place, Split This Rock Poetry Contest

Walking to Kmart to Buy a Dolly Parton Album (poem)
2011: Winner, Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award, Kent State University

You Wonder (poem)
2008: Winner, World AIDS Day Writing Contest, Poetry

Volatile (poem)
2000: Third Place, Florida State Writing Competition, Free Verse Poetry

SHORT STORIES
Backfire
2011: Finalist, Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest, Selected by John Berendt

I Think We're Alone Now
2018: Quarterfinalist, ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition

Mary Day
2017: Semi-Finalist, William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, Ruminate Magazine

Riding with James Dean
2018: Quarterfinalist, ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition

DIRECTING (Theatre)
2018: Winner, Meritorious Achievement Award for Directing, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, The House of Yes
1997: Nominee, Elly Award, Best Director of a Drama, Steel Magnolias

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
1996: Winner, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre, American River College
1996: Winner, Outstanding Student Director, American River College

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