George D. Morgan has a BA in Creative Writing from California State University Channel Islands and an MFA in Writing for the Performing Arts through the University of California Riverside's Palm Desert graduate writing program. George has more than thirty years of experience as a writer, director, lyricist, and composer. He has written and directed more than a dozen stage plays and musicals including Second To Die, Nevada Belle, Thunder in the Valley, and Closing Credits: An Evening With Frank Capra. He also wrote the score for the children’s musical The Trial of Goldi Locks. In 2001 his play Second To Die was adapted into a film starring Paul Winfield and Erika Eleniak. George’s screenplays have won numerous awards, including Short Line, which won first place in the 2007 International Family Film Festival screenwriting contest. George is currently the Playwright in Residence at Caltech. His play Rocket Girl, tells the true story of his mother, Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s first female rocket scientist. It premiered November, 2008, and is the first in a trilogy of science-themed plays George is writing for the university. His book on the same subject, Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist, was released July 9, 2013 from Prometheus Books. It was featured as one of Amazon’s recommended books for July and is available from all bookselling outlets.
The second play in the Caltech science trilogy, Pasadena Babalon, premiered February, 2010, tells the story of rocket scientist/black magic occultist Jack Parsons, co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The play was a semi-finalist in the Sundance Institute’s Alfred P. Sloan science playwriting contest. Capture The Sun, the third play now in development, relates the story of the Pons/Fleischmann cold fusion controversy of 1989.
George's stage play The Wiggle Room just completed its world premiere in Los Angeles, and a sophomore production in Ventura County. It is slated to be made into a film later this year. A life-long keyboardist, George often performs music for the Ventura Improv Company and teaches music for improv theatre groups around the country. He has just completed two novels, Moon Hunter and The Hamlet Syndrome. George is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America, and can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.