ABOUT ME

Hello!  Thanks for visiting my site!  I’m a playwright and theatre-maker living in New York City.  I started writing when I was the Director of the Performing Arts School at Zachary Scott Theatre Center (ZACH) in Austin, TX.  With over 6,000 theatre students I wrote original plays for young audiences as well as plays for young performers.

 

After I moved back to NYC, I was Managing Director for Urban Stages where I contributed to the development of new plays by a brilliant roster of diverse playwrights.  I then completed my M.F.A. in Playwriting at CUNY Hunter College where I studied with the phenomenally gifted and generous Tina Howe and Mark Bly. 

My plays feature strong women who may need to discover their own strength.  I like to write work that engages with modern issues, but because it’s theatre, reality may only be a starting point.  Often, in my plays the world may expand - strangely and colorfully – to better explore the mysteries of language, culture, and why we are here.

And I love writing for young audiences!  There is nothing more truthful and brave than children.  And although my plays and musicals may be a rollicking romp with talking animals, there is also a sense of risk and urgency.  Characters have difficult decisions to make about real-world dilemmas.  I truly enjoy celebrating the buoyant spirit of young audiences while also honoring their fierce intelligence.

When I’m not writing plays, I’m teaching Theatre and Communication/Media Arts on the faculties of Hunter College, Baruch College, Manhattan College, Marymount Manhattan College, and Fordham University.  I’m also proud to be Playwright-in-Residence for Voices Inside-Out, a playwriting program for incarcerated men, and to lead writing workshops for children and seniors.

 

Feel free to click on my resumé for a list of recent productions, theatre companies, honors, and awards.  And even better, please drop me a note!  Would love to share more about the work, or to create a new theatre piece together.

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