Background


“All people living the lives they desire with courage, passion and creativity.”


Overview

I am an actor, scriptwriter and filmmaker.

My film credits are David Hutchins in Roxie which won Best Narrative Film at the Bushwick Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the Sonoma International Film Festival. I appeared as Francis in Risk, a short film that won Best Film at the Sanford Meisner Film Festival and was an Official Selection of the Ojai Film Festival. Also played principal and supporting roles in The Ride (Sonoma Film Festival), Shovel, The Life and Times of Charlie Putz, I Was on Mars. I was the principal role in an episode of TV’s Medical Detectives and appeared in Twelve Monkeys and Philadelphia.

I have acted internationally, in the Philadelphia area, in the Bay Area and NYC including appearing in an American Opera Projects world premier of Anthony Minghella’s Cigarettes and Chocolate, presented in NYC, Stukke Theater in Berlin and the Ensemble Theater in Vienna. I, also, performed in Three Postcards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

As a playwright, a staged-reading of my play, Junkyard, was produced by the American Opera Projects for the NYC Downtown Arts Festival. Three other plays, The Lie, Risk and Wine Country were produced at the Brick Playhouse (Philadelphia). Wine Country was also in the SF Theater Festival. I am a past Vice-president of the Board of Trustees of the Playwrights Foundation (San Francisco).

I’ve been married for 41 years to Pat Usner.

One other thing I enjoy telling people is that my wife and I have over 1000 skydives between us. We’ve jumped from a helicopter, biplane, hot air balloon, a Super Constellation, a Boeing 727 and various other aircraft


Making a Difference

 

The Pachamama Alliance is a social-profit organization with a mission “to preserve the earth’s tropical rainforests by empowering the indigenous people who are its natural custodians and to contribute to the creation of a new global vision of equity and sustainability for all”. In 1989, my wife, Pat, and I took our maiden trip into the Amazon Rainforests of Ecuador and immediately fell in love with the people and the environment. Committed to supporting the people we visited there, we set upon looking for an organization working in that part of the world. In 1996 we were introduced to the work of The Pachamama Alliance and in 2004, Pat was hired as the Development Director and we radically changed our lives and the coast we were living on. www.pachamama.org

Rainforest Trips – How much better could life get? I get to lead people on a transformational journey into the deepest parts of the Ecuadorian Rainforest. An extraordinary experience. When I first visited the rainforest in 1989 I could actually feel the jungle vibrating to the very core of who I was… that primitive, raw, interconnected part of me. No one comes away from this journey the same as when they started. www.pachamama.org/journeys