He has won awards for essays on Flip Wilson’s contributions to television and racial representation in the Planet of the Apes film series. He has been published in The Obama Movement: Why Barack Obama Speaks to America’s Youth, an anthology of essays compiled by Joseph Vogel.
Gaines' first book, Inside Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of a Pop Phenomenon, will be published this September by ECW Press.
As co-founder and co-artistic director of Hackensack Theatre Company,
Gaines has directed critically acclaimed productions of The Rocky Horror Show,
Dreamgirls, Cabaret, and Rent.
Hackensack Theatre Company's performances have played to thousands in New York metropolitan area and raised thousands of dollars for various charities
including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Shelter-Our-Sisters.
He recently had a featured appearance in Load-Lock-Love and Nicky Newark, two independent films produced by Feenix Films.
He holds a B.A. in American Studies, Journalism and Media Studies, and English from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and a Master’s in American Studies from Rutgers University-Newark.
Gaines can most frequently be seen in the classroom where he teaches high school English.