My name is John Howie Patterson, and I am a playwright. I currently live in Pittsburgh, PA. I have done all kinds of writing but my true love is the theater. I caught the bug as a young man living in Santa Cruz, California. There is a wonderful theater there called Actors' Theatre where many playwrights have gotten their start. In the early 90s I wrote a play about falling in love on-line and from there I was hooked. That led me to get a Graduate Certificate in Theater Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz and later an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Along the way I had a number of plays produced and published, which you will see discussed on other parts of the site. And then, the dark period. Not dark in a bad way, but meaning that my writing life went dark. I got married and had kids and somehow I could never find the time. That's probably just an excuse but hey, I'm going with it. Anyway, my kids are older now and I find myself coming back to my old calling as a playwright. I put this site up as an easy way for people to find me in case you would like to produce my work and also to learn about new stuff I am writing. Welcome!