Montagne's Long Winded Bio Page
THE "WITTY" PERSONAL BIO
I've been compared to both George Castanza and George Clooney (only one of those is true, the other is aspirational... or just plain delusional, but a man can dream, damn it!).
When I was 18, I thought I was going to be the next Leonardo DiCaprio (Leo was 15 years old at the time, but his work on "The New Lassie" was sensational -- I would argue some of his best work).
That dream didn't quite materialize and, around my mid-20s, I put acting on the back burner to focus on writing screenplays and stage plays -- with an emphasis on restaurant, data entry, office temp and administrative assistant work throughout the '90s and early-2000s.
In 2004, I landed my best acting gig yet: In-Flight Crewmember for an airline based out of JFK where I learned, on the job, how to smile and act like a flight attendant who is not at all bothered by: your lack of understanding of why it's necessary to stay seated during turbulence with your seatbelt securely fastened; why you can never find a trashcan even when it's marked "TRASH"; how when the door has "lavatory" literally written on it you're still not quite sure where the bathroom is, or when you pull down on the handle and it doesn't open that it's a good indication that it's occupied; why you can't understand that a piece of luggage doesn't fit when you try and put it in sideways.
All of these "skills" helped me to write a few original television pilots (because of all the "colorful characters" I've met at 35,000 feet) -- including an hour long "dramedy" about the modern airline industry (my very first original television concept).
Between 2004 to the present day, I've been churning out screenplays; wrote, produced and acted in an original stage play at an historically Black college in New Orleans; and have written spec scripts of established television shows as well as original concepts and pilots intended for prestige cable channels and streaming platforms.
I recently returned to my original first love: acting.
I am currently seeking representation for both writing and acting as I avoid going anywhere near airplanes and airports while there is a virus named "Rona" out there trying to kill us all.
I also really, really enjoy satire, "dark" humor, political and social commentary.
THE "STANDARD ISSUE" CREATIVE HISTORY BIO
An actor, playwright, screenwriter, graduate of the Idyllwild Arts Academy, trained in sketch comedy acting and writing at The Second City (Chicago), Chicago City Limits (NYC), A.C.T (SF), and New Movement Theater (NOLA).
In San Francisco: trained at A.C.T.’s Studio Program as an actor and playwright; performed in a variety of theatrical productions and in shorts and low budget independent films.
In Los Angeles: honed skills as a screen and television writer at Writers Boot Camp and as an actor and playwright training with members of Tim Robbins’ Actors’ Gang Theater.
In New Orleans: wrote, produced and acted in an original three-act stage play titled “The Zeitgeist Chronicles” about the 2008 election of the first African American president; re-written as “Red, White & Blues” currently being shopped to theaters in Los Angeles.
Creative Partnerships: along with actor/writer Nick Gomez (“The Walking Dead”; “The Red Road”), (writer/director/stand-up) Jason Slawson; (model/actor/writer/producer) Christine Bailey and currently developing original projects for television and film.
Formerly repped by The Wayne Agency literary department; currently shopping: screenplays, stage plays and television projects as a writer and producer along with creative partners. As an actor, currently training with Max Decker of M.A.D Acting Studios https://madacting.studio/ in Los Angeles.
Born in Manhattan in the wild-wild '70s. Raised in Bergen County New Jersey as a "shuttle baby" (wherein his Italian American mother would "shuttle" him frequently between bucolic, middle class, ethnically diverse New Jersey to the urban enclave of Bay Ridge Brooklyn -- aka: "Guinea Gulch" -- to visit his Italian born immigrant grandparents and plethora of aunts, uncles and cousins). It was also here where he, starting at the age of five, attended a school for dance full of girls as the only boy where he studied the basics (ballet, tap, Broadway Jazz -- "Jazz hands!"), and was teased mercilessly for it by the dopey Jersey boys during soccer practice.
At age 11, his parents divorced and he relocated with his mother and brother to suburban St. Louis for seven years (where he lost the "Joisey" accent) to attend a private boarding school during the preppy Reagan Cold War '80s; enrolled in acting classes; continued dance training with the St. Louis Ballet Company; "stole the show" his freshman year in a production of "South Pacific" as Luther Billis ("get the picture?"); and spent a teenage summer living in Chicago attending the infamous Second City training program -- among classmates such as Hal Sparks and Matt Dwyer -- where Bonnie Hunt was always really nice to him.
Until, finally escaping the oppressive boredom (and generic "whiteness") of suburban '80s middle 'Merica for sunny Cal-i-forn-ia where he attended a performing and visual arts boarding high school in the San Jacinto mountain range (two hours east of Los Angeles), was the lead in the musicals (Seymour in "Little Shop of Horrors"; Pippin in "Pippin"... even though he could barely sing) and transitioned to Modern Dance training in the Bella Lewitzky technique. It was also here where he became a devotee of the work of Eric Bogosian that culminated in a senior year capstone: a night of 10 monologues from a collection of Bogosian's one-man shows.
After graduating as a theater major, he returned to his Tri-State Area roots to attend a musical theater conservatory -- living in the Beacon Hotel with a host of colorful characters and classmates that included his partner-in-crime from high school, future Broadway performers, and the future Pink Power Ranger. But, due to his lack of interest in becoming a Broadway chorus boy, he dropped out and lived as a '90s bohemian in the East Village of Manhattan.
Until, returning to the Midwest, yet again, for a freshmen year at a liberal Arts college in a town close to Alton Illinois (the birthplace of Miles Davis) as a theater major, and tried his hand at Modern Dance choreography in the dance program.
That lasted all of one year -- (which included a brief stint living in the Capital Hill section of Seattle during the height of the "Grunge" scene with a then unknown up-and-coming improv actor/musician by the name of Reggie Watts) -- until, once again, he hightailed it to California for a short stint in Los Angeles working in television production.
He then decided to follow a girl (with flowers in her hair) up to San Francisco where he rode out the entirety of the Dot-Com bubble, pursuing the "Actor Life" (it's also where he wrote his first screenplay HUNTING DIANA).
Until, returning, once more, to that college in the Midwest to finally obtain a BA in Mass Communications and Global Studies (with an emphasize on screenwriter, cinema and journalism -- where he was involved in an award winning documentary about post-apartheid South Africa serving as a segment producer, on-camera interviewer, and writer -- filming throughout South Africa).
Until, finally making his way back first to Bergen County New Jersey, and then into lower Manhattan, before landing a "day job" for an airline based out of JFK.
His adventures in the airline biz led him to create his first original TV show concept (and write his first TV pilot formerly titled "Come Fly With Me"): PUNCH THE SKY (*which is one of many TV pilots and screenplays available on this website *by request).
After seven years living in the Kew Gardens section of Queens New York, he relocated to the French Quarter of New Orleans for a seven year stint as a "quarter rat" where he produced and acted in a stage play he wrote, as well as continuing his love for improvisational acting at The New Movement Theater.
In 2018, he returned to Los Angeles (where he currently resides in the San Fernando Valley), landed a literary agent, and continues to "grind it out" -- writing and acting in original content and shopping projects for theater, film and television.
THE FUN STUFF!
An avid New Orleans Saints fan (proud member or the Who Dat?! Nation) and tv, film and theater devotee who watches all the "Second Golden Age" cable and streaming tv shows everyone else watches, is well versed in classic films and the art of cinema, and is a theater geek and high school for the performing arts brat -- whose favorite movie is "It's a Wonderful Life", favorite play is "Death of a Salesman" and favorite TV show is "All in the Family" -- and annoys everyone with non-stop chatter about:
--Why you should see more theater in Los Angeles (because some of it is really good!)
--Modern Dance (before they changed it to "Contemporary")
--The history of the Second City (and improvisational comedy in general)
--This one place you have to go to on Frenchmen Street to hear this killer brass band!
--"Generation X"... (we're still here, damn it!)
--Why you have to listen to this one Tom Waits album!
--The god-damn "Rocky Horror Picture Show"!
--San Francisco & Seattle in the '90s (and why "Grunge" is a dirty word)
--Getting money out of politics (www.wolf-pac.com) and...
THE "MADE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA" BIO
When he's not at a Saints bar (during the NFL season), or the Comedy Store with one of his writing and creative partners, who's a Comedy Store comedian, you may see Montagne flying a particular airline that starts with a "jet" and ends with a "blue" between New York (JFK) and Burbank (BUR) on redeye flights back to Queens, leaving his home in the San Fernando Valley for days on end.
While living in New Orleans for seven years, Montagne was "tri-coastal." But now he settles for being just plain old "bi-coastal." (In his personal life, he is completely straight -- though some have thought other-wise... and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!).
Montagne has recently cut back on the amount of time he spends on social media, especially *Facebook (which is an unholy time vampire that slowly eats away at our collective souls), has grown obsessed with a tv show about vampires, and, above all, is tired of reading, seeing and hearing about Donald Trump!
Montagne is available to write your next: bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah or quinceañera speech (English translation only); wedding toast; protest march chant; break up text; Facebook rant (*in which case: ignore the above paragraph); disenchanted with the whole stinking thing middle aged white man in America article (are you listening, Esquire Magazine?!)
THE "COLORFUL ORIGIN STORY" BIO
CAMERA READY Quarterfinalist Screencraft Drama Competition
ALL IN THE MUSIC Quarterfinalist TSL Screenplay Competition
"GLOW" (Spec Script) Top 5 Finalist Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition
HUNTING DIANA Semifinalist Big Apple Screenplay Competition & Festival
DANTE'S CABARET (Pilot) Finalist Filmmatic TV Pilot Award
JAY WALKING IN VEGAS Finalist Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Award
BLACK FRIDAY MASSACRE Finalist Screenplay Festival
PUNCH THE SKY (Pilot) Quarterfinalist Screencraft TV Pilot Competition
EXILE CITY (Pilot) Semifinalist Screencraft TV Pilot Competition
Training & Education
The Principia (Middle & Upper School) - St. Louis County
Muny Student Theater Project - St. Louis
Idyllwild Arts Academy - Southern California
Principia College - (BA Mass Communication)
A.M.D.A - New York
HB Studios - New York
Gotham Writers - New York
Chicago City Limits - New York
A.C.T - San Francisco
Writers Bootcamp - Los Angeles
The Actors' Gang Theater - Los Angeles
The New Movement Theater - New Orleans
M.A.D. Acting Studios - Los Angeles