Born: London, U.K.
Lives: Brookline, near Boston, MA, USA
Married to Alane Shanks with two sons: Eli Shanks (b. 1995) and Jared Shanks (b. 1997)
Currently: PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Reading, U.K., and Scholar in Residence at the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University, U.S.A. Topic is Post World War 2 Anglo-Jewish drama.
Helps people with web, written, and spoken communication using drama and improvisation experience and project management for various organizations and businesses.
Recent Work: Bookstore Manager, Lecturer/Administrator, English Department, Suffolk University, Boston. I teach many things but especially The Bible as Literature and literature derived from the Bible, as well college writing, theatre and remedial courses.
I am a soccer referee and registrar.
Previous Jobs: Botanist, All kinds of Theatre work.
Interests: Biology, Music, Books and reading, Poetry, Theatre, Football (inexplicably a lifelong Burnley fan), Cricket, Politics, the Environment.
Studied theatre with Augusto Boal (Theatre of the Oppressed) and Keith Johnstone (Impro).
Research: Anglo-Jewish literature, Translation, Drama as a learning medium.