Steve is a Los Angeles-based playwright and screenwriter. His playwriting work has been recognized with the Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and a Young Artist Fellowship to Sundance Theatre Lab. He was also a Finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Award. As a screenwriter, in 2015-2016 he ranked as a Semi-Finalist in the Tracking Board Launch Pad Competition, a Semi-Finalist in the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, and as Grand Prize Winner of the Table Read My Screenplay Contest - Austin Film Festival. His short plays have been produced across the country and published by Smith and Kraus.
As a writing coach and instructor, Steve has taught with some of the nation's most innovative education organizations. In Washington, DC, Steve ran creative writing workshops in Metro-area elementary, middle, and high schools for Arena Stage, Young Playwrights' Theater, and Writopia Lab. At Imagination Stage, one of the country's leading children's theaters, he worked as a Program Playwright, guiding students in the development and staging of fully-produced original musicals. As an academic writer, Steve has taught everything from test prep to college essay composition with C2 Education and as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Steve founded and for several years served as lead teacher for the LA branch of a national non-profit offering author-led writing workshops to kids and teens who often don't have access to such opportunities in school. He now teaches independently and for various organizations around the city.
Steve's proudest achievements are seeing students discover their inner-storytellers and flourish from the resulting confidence and sense of ownership. In addition to improved school performance and participation, his students have earned Scholastic Writing Awards, portfolio-based college scholarships, and the prestigious YoungArts Award.
Steve graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with Honors in Creative Writing and earned his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Catholic University in Washington, DC.