Desmond teaches both directing and acting at FAU. Prior to his arrival at FAU, he worked for six years as Literary Manager for the critically-acclaimed theatre company, Florida Stage. He has an M.F.A. in Directing, a B.F.A. in Acting, and has directed and dramaturged countless productions including his own short play, "White Dance," which was performed at City Theatre's Summer Shorts Festival in Miami. Between degrees, he spent several years working as an actor and director. He also served as V.P. of Development for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).