I use my platform as a Creative to publicly serve human transformation, to inspire social change, and to raise awareness through entertainment.
Plays include DANCING ON EGGSHELLS (The Billie Holiday Theatre); PEOLA'S PASSING (Samuel French Off Off Broadway Theatre Festival; New Perspectives Theatre Company; Festival de Teatro Alternativo, Bogota, Colombia); WHEN NIGHT FALLS (Eugene O'Neill semi-finalist; Developed at Rising Circle Theater Collective/INKtank Play Development Lab); GOLD STAR MOTHER (EstroGenius Festival); Ascension (National Black Theatre Festival; New York International Fringe Festival); THUNDER: A MUSICAL MEMOIR (New York International Fringe Festival); NIGHTFALL (The Fire This Time Festival); ROME IN LOVE (48 Hours in…Harlem, The National Black Theatre); FREEDOM SUMMER (World Premiere-North Carolina Black Repertory Company); IN THIS LIFE (in development) ; WHAT IF...? (Conch Shell Productions; The Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival); ROSES OF THE WILLAMETTE: A MUSICAL (in development).
Awards and honors include: Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Playwriting Conference (Semi-finalist); The Rivers Writers Unit at The Lark; Playwrights of Color Summit/Quick Silver Theater Company; Rising Circle Theater Collective/INKTank Residency; AUDELCO Award for Excellence in Black Theatre (Nominee); Final Forty Playwright, Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play (Finalist); Tribeca All-Access Open Stage Inaugural award winner; Best New Play IRNE (Nominee); Thomas Barbour Memorial Playwright’s Award (Finalist).
Publications include : SHE PERSISTED. Monologues from Plays by Women Over 40 (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books); The Book of Estrogenius 2012: A Celebration of Female Voices (Gold Star Mother).
I serve as Co-director of The Fire This Time New Works Lab, am a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women, The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., and Honor Roll.
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MORE ABOUT ME
My favorite thing to do when I'm not writing, (no matter what season), is to be at the ocean. Sitting quietly at the water's edge, inhaling the salt-filled air, listening to waves crashing and seagulls "mewing" in the distance brings me tremendous peace and clarity.
I keep doing theater and telling stories because it reminds me of my own humanity. My creative life serves me in so many vital ways that are invisible through my public persona. My mother raised me with the belief that everyone needs to have something in their life that is just for them. She said that no matter what I do in life, I need to "keep something for myself,” something that is dear to my heart, fills my spirit, and brings me joy and satisfaction. My mother believed that it should be something that grows you as a human being, that does not require accolades, and that I value even when no one is looking. Writing is that "thing" for me. I feel most like myself when I am working on a creative piece, or writing in my journal, or composing a letter to a friend. I try not to think about the future of the words I've composed. The process of writing is nourishment for me to keep going...and it gives me HOPE.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I am working on writing my first TV pilot. It is a "dramedy" based on my experience as a daughter with aging parents.
I am finishing up a full-length piece (with music) titled IN THIS LIFE. The play is about a passionate romantic relationship that spans four decades, taking the couple on a journey of friendship, fame, aging and loss.
People of Color, Romance, Aging, Political, Equality, Historical, Radio Plays, Period, Family, Women, Grief, Loss, Dramas, Women, Music, Social Issues.