I’m a writer and director with over a hundred works of theatre, opera, radio, multimedia, puppetry, music theater, dance theater, and site-specific projects presented on five continents. In each work, I create a structured relationship among the elements of language, sound and silence that guides the story and fosters alternatives to conventional narrative. I’m drawn to explorations of impermanence and change in our lives and in our world, where fragility and loss exist in balance with resilience and the space where something new can emerge.
Recent projects include the opera libretto for Backwards from Winter (composer Douglas Knehans, at Ablaze Records) which premiered at Symphony Space in 2018, produced by The Center for Contemporary Opera; followed by a second production by IHOS Foundation Amsterdam at the Dark MOFO festival in Tasmania, AU. In 2019, I wrote the libretto for The Suitcase/Der Koffer (composer Ljiljana Jovanović) and directed the premiere mini-tour including performances at An die Musik LIVE (Baltimore), Rep Stage/Horowitz Center for the Arts (Columbia, MD) and Howard University (DC).
Other produced writing includes the play with songs Between Trains with composer Chas Marsh (Blue Moon Plays); libretto and direction for The World is Round, from Gertrude Stein with composer James Sellars (Hog River Music); the translation/adaptation of Playing Dead from Bros. Presnyakov (Center for International Theatre Development digital publication); and the the site-specific audio promenade performance The Circle (audio play, banishedproductions.bandcamp.com). In the 1990’s I was artistic director of Hartford’s Company One Theater, directing professional premieres of early work by Suzan-Lori Parks, Paula Vogel, Donna DiNovelli, Erik Ehn, and Rachel Sheinkin. I also directed in venues from NYC to Budapest to São Paolo.
As founding director of Towson University’s M.F.A. in Theatre Program, I created a rigorous multidisciplinary laboratory environment training the self-generative artist, where I’m now professor emerita. I’m also faculty in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Wilkes University and have taught and directed projects at numerous universities in the US and elsewhere. A longtime meditator and Buddhist practitioner, I’m an authorized presenter with The 3 Doors, an international educational organization dedicated to transforming lives through meditation practices grounded in the Tibetan Bön Buddhist tradition.
Awards include: a Marion Fellowship in the Visual and Performing Arts; a Rubys Artist Project Grant; a Fulbright in Costa Rica, and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and National Public Radio. Writing residencies include: Ucross (WY), The Studios at Key West (FL), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts/VCCA (VA), Playa (OR) and a Scientific Delirium Madness residency at Djerassi (CA).
A member of Dramatists Guild and the Society of Directors and Choreographers, I earned a BS in Theatre and Semiotics, Colorado College and a MFA in Directing, University of Connecticut.