I’m a writer and director of new work, with over 100 projects on five continents, including plays with and without songs; chamber opera; monodrama; puppetry; audio theater; gamelan opera; solo performance; dance theater; song; translation/adaptation; and site-specific performance installation.
Other produced writing includes The Circle (site-specific audioplay, banished? productions, DC) Between Trains (play with songs, premiered by Gas & Electric Arts, directed by Lisa Jo Epstein, Phila); Immortal: The Gilgamesh Variations (Tablet 1 of 11, multi-playwright adaptation directed by Gabriel Shanks, The Bushwick Starr, NYC); Playing Dead (adaptation from Brothers Presnyakov directed by Yury Urnov, Single Carrot, Baltimore); Waterwalk: Surface And Depth (libretto for gamelan opera by Robert Macht, commissioned to inaugurate a stone labyrinth for healing at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital, Baltimore).
As artistic director of Company One Theater, Hartford, CT, I directed dozens of premieres of early works by leading experimental playwrights including Suzan-Lori Parks, Paula Vogel and Erik Ehn. During that time, I also wrote the libretto and directed The World Is Round, an opera adapted from Gertrude Stein with music by James Sellars, which premiered at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Other venues where my work as writer and/or director has been performed include: The Culture Project, Mabou Mines/Suite, The Ontological (NYC) Atlas Theatre, Source Festival (DC) Everyman, Iron Crow (B’more) City Theatre (P’burgh) Simon Bolivar Auditorium (São Paulo, BR) RS9 (Budapest).
Recent projects include the libretto for Backwards from Winter, an opera for soprano, electric cello, and computer (composer Douglas Knehans). It was premiered by The Center for Contemporary Opera at Symphony Space, NYC, directed by Jennifer Williams, and then produced by IHOS Foundation Amsterdam at Dark MOFO in Hobart, Tasmania, directed by Konstantin Koukias (both in 2018), recording available from Ablaze Records.
Awards include includes the Marion International Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts; a Fulbright in Costa Rica; a Baltimore Rubys Artist Project Grant; a National Endowment for the Arts Access to Excellence Grant; and a Maryland Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Playwriting. Artist residencies include Djerassi’s Scientific Madness Delirium Month (CA), Ucross (WY), Playa (OR), KO Festival of Performance (MA), The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Studios of Key West (FL).
I was Founding Director of Towson University’s Theatre MFA for the self-generative interdisciplinary artist, where I am now professor emerita. I have been on the faculty of Wilkes University MA/MFA in Creative Writing since its inception, and have taught at numerous universities in the US and abroad.
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.