I’m an LA based, New York transplant playwright, lyricist, screenwriter and actor. A graduate of The University of Vermont, I’m a lover of cheese, cross country and downhill skiing, and Ben & Jerry’s. In my non-linear career as a playwright/lyricist, I’ve earned support from the York Theatre, Samuel French’s Off Off Broadway New Play Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, City Theatre Miami, The Road Theatre Company, and INKfest, (upcoming), to name a few. I was a finalist for the City Theatre National Short Play Award and am a member of EST/LA, the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI), The Ensemble Studio Theatre LA Playwrights Unit, Honor Roll!, ASCAP, WGA, and SAG-AFTRA. Produced work: CLUB MOM (Hudson Backstage Theatre, Musical Theatre Guild, York Theatre) written with composer Gerald Sternbach is licensed by Stage Rights. THE BELLS OF WEST 87th ST. (reading at The Road Theatre, later produced at the Greenway Arts Center) THE CANDIDATE (Red Eye 10’s International Play Festival, Open Eye Theatre), A LITTLE CULTURE, (Eden Prairie Players, Santa Paula Theatre, ACME New Works Festival, Greenhouse Ensemble), STELLA!! for EST/LA’s Digital Theatre Festival, THE SYNDROME (Theatre of Light, North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe, EST-LA. THINGS THAT MATTERED (a short musical written) Four Quarter Theatre in NYC, EST/LA’s One Act Play Festival. Published: “Applause Theatre Book’s: Contemporary Monologues for Kids 7-15,” “The Collective Ten Play Anthology” and “Smith and Kraus’s Best Ten Minute Plays of 2015.” Film: Casey229 circuited film festivals 2019-20 (nominated in various categories, including “Best Comedy”). Television writer/producer: Mad About You, Baby Bob, Dream On, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Jackie Thomas Show, Rugrats, The Wild Thornberries, The Gregory Hines Show, Life’s Work, John Leguizamo’s House of Buggin’, Pinky and the Brain. I also developed the pilot Pond Life for Four Boys Entertainment (Patricia Heaton’s company).
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MORE ABOUT ME
When I'm not writing, I'm performing... and that includes singing in the car. (A benefit to living in Los Angeles). My younger self performed at NY’s The Duplex many times and I was in the resident company of the Manhattan Punch Line. I studied with NY’s First Amendment (and later, The Groundlings in LA). I sang in the chorus of “Broadway Salutes” at Lincoln Center, acted with The Champlain Shakespeare Festival, Florida Studio Theatre, Keene Summer Theatre, and The Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Recently, during a lull in the pandemic, I was in an (international cast) production of “The Serpent” at Los Angeles’s Odyssey Theatre. I've acted in the LA Fringe Festival, have played princesses in musicals w/the Nine O’Clock Players (I'm petite, wear a wig, and the kids are really far away), and many sketch shows and plays. My love of words have led me to be on a few game shows on television and have even won some money!
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I have two projects in development. Most recently, I’ve been hungrily researching and filling blank pages with an early draft about three young girls who worked for the Dutch resistance. It’s my first attempt at an historical play and I’m really excited about it. My composer collaborator (Gerald Sternbach) and I have written a family friendly Christmas musical (I wrote the book and lyrics) entitled A VERY CHERRY CHRISTMAS. In it, (Ms.) Cherry Claus is the real brains and backbone of the holiday, and until now has been okay being the silent partner, but not anymore! Jerry and I are looking to attach a director who will be a good fit for the project, moving forward. In the meantime, we are sending our demo and script out to musical development programs. Open to any and all suggestions!
Theatricality, laughter, inanimate objects, animals, marriage, aging, family musicals, adult musicals, historical plays, holiday musical, lesbian, colorblind casting, entertainment
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