Current Projects:

Works in Progress: 

New play, A Place. Workshop pending.

New play, Red Rover. Seeking workshop.

New play, Sundowner, work in progress.

Screenplay development, In the Arms of Baby Jesus, To and Fro Productions.

New Musical:  The Ghosts of Rowan Oak, a musical, based on the children's book of the same title, by Dean Faulkner Wells.  Stories told to her as a child by her uncle, William Faulkner.

Work in Progress:  First Phase: Playwriting, a Workbook for the Classroom.  Writing exercises include improvisational playmaking for the actors and young writers.  For high-school and university level students.

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Recently completed projects:

Reading of A Place at Jimmyís at 43, id Theatre Company. Fall 2011.

Red Rover, Londonís Double X Theatre Festival, Fall 2010.

Sundowner, work in progress, reading, Abingdon Theatre Company retreat, March 2010 and August 2010.

Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Red Rover, play development, June 2009.

Red Rover, reading, Abingdon Theatre Company retreat, August 2008.

Reading of Weep No More Today at the Abingdon Theatre Company, Fall 2003, January 2004, and December 2006.  

The Ghosts of Rowan Oak, a musical, workshop presented at Rutgers-NJIT Theatre Arts Program, March 2006.

In The Arms Of Baby Jesus, Equity Workshop at the Abingdon Theatre Company, Fall 2005.

Weep No More Today  a finalist for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award for 2003 through the Abingdon Theatre Company

Winner of the Witter Bynner Fellowship Award at the Abingdon Theatre Company. Commissioned to write a play for workshop production/staged reading for May 2005.

Reading of Angel On My Shoulder at the _gaia_ Studios.  Fall 2003, Abingdon Theatre Company, Spring 2004.

Reading of Heartland, Writers' Retreat, Abingdon Theatre Company, Summer 2004.

Reading of The Scenario at the CAP 21 Studios for the Ludlow Ten Theatre Company, Spring 2003.

Playwrights Forum readings of excerpts from new plays.  In The Arms of Baby Jesus and Half Moons Rising and The Oak Table at the Playwrights Horizon School, NY, Fall 2002, Spring 2003, Fall 2003. 

Playwrights Forum readings of excerpts from new plays.  Weep No More Today read at the Rattlestick Theatre, NY, Spring 2002.

A STRANGER'S SONG 2003  for the closing ceremony of Women's History Month at Rutgers-NJIT.  Directed and compiled student poetry and scenes from student plays. 

A six week run of Angel On My Shoulder at The Coast Playhouse in Los Angeles.  Produced by D'Art Productions. Summer 2000.

A two week workshop run of The Scenario at the Bradley Hall Theatre at Rutgers-NJIT Theatre Arts Program.  Fall 2000.

Current Academic Projects:

Director, Division of Theatre Arts and Technology, NJIT.In conjunction with Rutgers-NJIT Theatre Program.

Final stages of developing a Theatre Arts and Technology major at NJIT.Launch in Spring 2012.

Coordinator of Television Internships and Independent studies for Rutgers University, Newark Campus.

Coordinator of NJIT Theatre Minor for Architects and Engineers.

Teaching Independent Study class in Theatre for Architects and Engineers in creative thinking and practical theatre.  New Jersey Institute of Technology. (Every semester)

Teaching Special Topics in Theatre: Improvisational Playmaking, Rutgers University (Every third semester)

Teaching Fundamentals of Playwriting, Rutgers University. (Every third semester)

Teaching Fundamentals of Acting, Rutgers University, Newark Campus. (Every third semester)

Teaching TV Drama writing, Rutgers-Newark. (Every second semester)

Producing five Rutgers/NJIT productions (September through May)