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Everything I've ever done has been for love



     I'm a playwright, teacher, novelist, journalist, screenwriter and lyricist. I'm a native of the northeast with long time residences in Georgia, California, Virginia, and Tennessee. I've won awards, grants and commissions for my writing including the Maxum Mazumdor New Play Prize, The New Science Driven Play Award, The Bennett Prize, Tangent, and nominated for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, as well as recipient of the Women Playwright’s Initiative. I've  been a finalist for Woodward/Newman, Humanitas, Henley Rose, Women In Media Arts, Ashland, and others; and I've had productions in theaters throughout the country.  My work is published by Smith and Kraus, and Macmillan.

    In addition to writing plays, I've authored two books, television pilots for hire, and hundreds of feature news articles published in newspapers and magazines. As a writing and theater professor, I've taught over 50 courses in literature, advanced writing, dramatic writing, theater history and Women in Film, Television and Theater. I was recently awarded a commission to write the libretto and lyrics for a new musical, and I've had two other musicals fully produced. 

    I've also worked on projects that focus on using theater to help at-risk communities for which I've worked under a Kennedy Center Grant for the William Inge Center, and with the MET to create a play about famous artists and their works.  I'm a member of the 35th Anniversary Inge PlayLab and I've had plays published in several Best Of Anthologies. I've also directed youth theater and served as Artistic Director for the Young Actors Ensemble. I have a BA in Philosophy, an MFA in Writing for the Performing Arts, and I'm  a professional member of the Dramatists Guild. I have 4 children, 3 cats, a dog, and a husband.

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