The focal point of his early professional training centered on theatre performance at the Piven Theatre Workshop, the Audition Studio (Chicago), Player's Workshop of Second City, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. In the mid-nineties, he was named the Chicago Cultural Ambassador to Warsaw, Poland sponsored by the Sister Cities International Program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. In this capacity, his writing received First Place in the categories of Writing and Performance at the Warsaw Festival of Literature. More recently, his co-written screenplay Get Rich was produced by the Union Pier Group and was an official selection at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in Manhattan. His one-act stage play Washington was showcased at Chicago Dramatists Center for New Play Development and published in Clockhouse, a national literary review. He is a graduate of DePaul University and earned a MFA in Creative Writing / Playwriting at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. Professional memberships and affiliations include: The Dramatist Guild of America, Chicago Dramatists, Theatre of Western Springs, the Playwrights' Center, Phi Kappa Phi National Academic Honor Society, and ALSCW (Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers).