PLAYWRIGHT

                                                             I write what I know and pursue what I don't                                                                                       

I create plays that share my process of discovery as a human being. I write as a mature woman, a thoughtful citizen, a passionate artist and a disciplined craftsperson. I voraciously pursue my curiosity until what I have learned becomes a new, yet integral part of who I am. It is when I feel I can speak from my own truth that the plays begin to form..

                                                                                      Curriculum Vitae
EDUCATION
2012                 Spalding University, Master of Fine Arts – Playwriting
1998                 Yale University, Bachelor of Arts, History; Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, Distinction in the Major
1979-80          Course work in History and Theater, University of California, Berkeley

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2007-09        The Wilma Theatre Studio School. Beginning and Advanced Playwriting

LECTURES and WORKSHOPS
2012                Power to the Playwright: Surviving the Audience Talkback, Spalding University, KY
2010                Language in Space, with Adrian Blue, Odd Socks Productions, Wellington, New Zealand
2008               Exploring Shakespeare’s Text in Three Dimensions, with Adrian Blue, Toi Whakaari/New Zealand Drama      

                          School, Wellington, NZ                                                           

PLAY PRODUCTIONS

2017                The Sum of Me, Spokane Civic Theatre, Spokane, WA
2014                The Sum of Me, Georgia College and State University, GA
2013                The Loudest Man on Earth, TheatreWorks, CA
2011                  Losing the Shore, BCKSEET Productions, PA
2008               Backyard Conspiracy, Luna Theatre, PA
2007               This Island Alone co-written with Adrian Blue, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, MA
2006               The Expert Panel, Recovery Conference, VA
2005                Ben, the Mute, Festival of Ten, SUNY Brockport, NY
2004                A Nice Place to Live, Wheelock Family Theatre, MA
2000                Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, translation with the ASL Shakespeare Project: Peter Novak,  
                          Adrian Blue,
and Robert DeMayo – core translators. Prince Music Theater, PA


OTHER PRODUCTION WORK

2013-14           Executive Producer, "Have Faith" an album featuring Mary Testa and Michael Starobin, Ghostlight Records


PUBLICATIONS
2014                The Sum of Me, Arts and Letters Journal Spring 2014: 36-47. Print.
1998                I Just Can’t Call Him Paul, Travelling Shoes: an eccentric journal of travel and entertainment, Spring-
                          Summer 1998: 15-19. Print.

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2017                Arteles, Haukijärvi, Finland
2016                Leighton Artist Colony, The Banff Center, Banff, Canada

2016                Self-Directed Writing Residency,The Banff Center, Banff, Canada             

​2016                New American Voices Award, for Tall Poppies, Landing Theatre, Houston, TX

2015                North American Voices Finalist, for Main Line, London, UK
2015                New American Voices Award, for The Me Generation Landing Theatre, Houston, TX

2014                Cross Pollination Fellow, Swim Pony, Philadelphia, PA
2014                New Play Festival Finalist for The Me Generation, Fullerton College, Los Angeles, CA
2013                Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award for The Loudest Man on Earth
2013                Arts and Letters Prize in Drama, Georgia College and State University, Georgia for The Sum of Me
2004               New Works Series Development, Threads Productions, NY for Woodside
2003               American Theatre Co-Op Full-Length Play Contest for Double Helix
1998                Robert D. Gries Prize in History, Yale University, CT

INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Panelist:
2006                Shakespeare Translation, Revolution in Sign Language Studies: Linguistics, Literature, Literacy Gallaudet 
                           University, Washington, D.C.
2005                Shakespeare: An American Sign Language Multimedia Event Modern Languages Association Conference, 
                           Washington, D.C.
2002                Shakespeare Translation, Kent State University, OH

CONTINUING EDUCATION
1994, 1995       Navajo weaving and spinning techniques, 2 summer intensives, NM
1992-95           Floor Loom Weaving, Guilford Handcrafts School, CT
1989                  Gallaudet University Summer Sign Language program, Washington D.C.    
1987-89           Private tutoring with Sam Edwards in American Sign Language, NY
1986-89           Clothing design, Parsons School of Design/The New School, NY
1978-79            Sound design and set construction internships, Berkeley Repertory Theater, CA

SERVICE
2010-17             Adjudicator for Philadelphia Young Playwrights Playwriting Contest, PA
2010-12             Submission judge for Louisville Review, Spalding University, KY
2007-08          Chairperson, Philadelphia Theatre Workshop. PA
2005-07          Soprano and board member Philadelphia Chamber Chorus, PA
2003-10           Board member, The Johnson Institute, Washington D.C.
2000-03          Secretary, The Recovery Institute, CT

LANGUAGES
American Sign Language, fluent
French, intermediate
Standard Arabic, beginner

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Actors Equity Association
SAG/AFTRA
Dramatists Guild of America
The Playwrights Center
Theatre Communications Guild
Founding member of Fellow Artists Meeting – a writer's group