I'm a filmmaker, which means I'm a writer, director, and producer. Originally from Baltimore, I live in Chicago now. I make comedies mostly, usually comedies that are weird or absurd in some way.
I'm also an actor (sometimes). And a web developer. And some other things.
I got into comedy in 2007 when I took my first improv class in Baltimore, MD. For a short time, I was the Executive Director of the Baltimore Improv Group, managing a non-profit theater with 40 ensemble members and an annual 4-day improv festival.
In 2009, I moved to Chicago to study comedy as a writer and actor at Chicago’s comedy institutions — Second City, The Annoyance, etc.
For a while, I did improv all the time and wrote a lot of sketches and then I started writing longer pieces (plays and screenplays). Some of those plays have been performed at The Artistic Home and Annoyance Theatre. And I was a co-creator of The Radio Television Theater Hour, a quirky live talk show set in a fictional small-town Chicago. It was a great show but you probably didn’t see it.
After writing and performing comedy on stage for seven-ish years, I started making writing and making films. I wrote (and sometimes acted in) several short films to learn the craft, hone my skills, and learn how to produce.
In 2015, I made Words Fail Me, an improvised web series that put characters in difficult and sometimes bizarre situations and let them find their way out. The series was an official selection at the Brooklyn Web Fest, NYC Web Fest, and Hollyweb Festival.
In 2016, I wrote and directed a short film called The Deadline, which won the IFP/Chicago screenwriting contest. It played at a few film festivals, including Middle Coast and the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. Making that was like going to film school.
A month later, I directed Off Book, which premiered in April 2017. It's been to dozens of festivals and has won a few awards too, including best comedy short at Twister Alley and a nomination for best director at the Portland Comedy Film Festival.
In June 2017, I wrote and directed another short film, called WHAM, which has screened at the Sidewalk Film Festival, DC Shorts, the Middle Coast Film Festival, and Elevated Films in Chicago.
In June 2018, I directed my first feature film, a dark and surreal comedy thriller about a dinner party. The planned release date is Spring 2019.
My production company is Objay Dart Films, LLC.
I also ran The Chicago Film List from April 2017 to December 2018.