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lily- the back story
lily- the back story
My father was one of twelve children from a poor family in Kentucky who went on to become a State Representative. As a result, I am a cross between Honey Boo-Boo and Kate Middleton. I straddled two entirely different worlds growing up. One week I would be visiting my cousins and using the outhouse; the next week I would be eating in a five star hotel and meeting the governor.
At the age of 15, I was chosen to be a Goodwill Ambassador, and spent that summer touring Europe. Every day was an adventure: from narrowly escaping the Russian man in Prague who wanted to share his drink with me (my first!), to the day I was kicked off the train in Berlin because my middle initial did not appear on the list of names. It was frightening. And exhilarating. And in some way every place I visited, and every person I met, would eventually became part of my world as a writer.
My fascination with people translated into a passion for acting. I moved to New York and attended the prestigious Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, then made my living as an actor and director for fifteen years. I began to teach, and while working as an adjunct professor in Arizona, I founded a small theatre in Sedona, Arizona, where I honed my story-telling skills.
When that ended, I embraced my secret love of writing and applied to the NYU/Tisch MFA dramatic writing program. I graduated in 2012, after receiving the Charles Pupura Award for excellence, then moved to Los Angeles, where I grew into an award-winning writer. Recently I was an official finalist for the Richmond International Film Festival in Virginia (RIFF) and when I attended, I fell in love with that city - the vibrant arts community, the people, the food, the history, the architecture, all of it. Two months later I relocated to Richmond, VA and was fortunate enough to be hired to teach Screenwriting at Old Dominion University in the Fall of 2019. I am looking forward to the new adventure - and the stories that will be born here.