December 22, 1988 — I graduated from the University of Colorado with my PhD. I am sure there were a lot of impressed — if not surprised — people, including my teachers in high school, including one during my tenure at St. George’s who informed me that I could only aspire to being an auto mechanic. I suppose to him that represented the dregs of society, but I know a number of them and they are some of the smartest people I know. So, thanks, Mr. Sykes (with your M.A.) wherever you are.
I initially set out to become a professor of playwriting and dramatic lit, but life has a strange way of refocusing the best intentions. While I didn’t end up as a member of a theatre department on the hunt for tenure, I did find a very good career in education administration helping a large school district get and administer grant funding. So in one way or another, my work has touched the lives and improved the education of every student in the fourth-largest school district in the country. And when I’m not doing that, I get to write and share my work on stage. So I think it’s worked out pretty well.