Awards and support include the Silver Medal-Pinter Drama Review Prize, North Carolina Arts Council Literature Fellowship, North Carolina Arts Council Interdisciplinary Grant, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre New Plays winner, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Artist Residency, North Carolina Humanities Council grant, Hambidge Center for the Arts Writer-in-Residence, Writer-in-Residence at Wildacres Retreat, Writer-in-Residence at Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, Artist-in-Residence at Rensing Center, United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County Regional Artist Grant, Piedmont Regional Artist Grant, Canadian Embassy Grant, and University of the South Sewanee Writers’ Conference Tennessee Williams Scholar. In 2019, I am Runner-Up for VCCA’s Tyrone Guthrie Center (Ireland) Writer’s Fellowship, and Second Place winner for the Judith Royer Award of Excellence in Playwriting.
Commissions to develop large-scale, community cultural projects include DREAMS-OF-FLIGHT involving over a thousand children in North Carolina and Ohio creating art and poetry about the Wright Brothers’ historic flight; FOOD FOR THOUGHT, an oral history project about agricultural life in Rockingham County, N.C. resulting in a book of stories with accompanying old-time recipes; and the HOME PROJECT: PART I, a multi-arts collaborative installation in a Robeson County, N.C. railroad depot exploring race, home, and family in the South. Past leadership positions include National Endowment for the Arts Theatre Administration Fellows, Executive Director of Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, North Carolina Arts Council Theatre Arts Director, Artistic Director of the Women’s Ensemble Theatre (N.Y.), Executive Director of The Centre (Halifax Community College), and City of Raleigh Arts Commission Executive Director.
My educational background includes a B.A. in Theatre and Political Science from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo and a graduate degree in Theatre from City College of New York. I’ve held faculty positions at institutions including St. John’s University (N.Y.), North Carolina State University, St. Andrews Presbyterian College (N.C.), and Guilford Technical Community College (N.C.). I currently teach in the Writing Program at Central Carolina Community College. Additionally, I’ve led numerous workshops and master classes at arts centers, theatres, and colleges throughout the U.S.
Serving on boards of various local, regional and national cultural organizations over the past four decades, I am a proud member of the Dramatists’ Guild of America, the Playwrights’ Center, North Carolina Writers Network, and the International Centre for Women Playwrights. Currently, I am Program Coordinator for the Sally Buckner Emerging Writers’ Fellowship and Secretary/Treasurer for the North Carolina Writers’ Conference.
Plays include MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD, CONTAINMENTS: THE HOME PROJECT (Part II), IN GOLD WE TRUST (with Guy Nickson), ART TALES OF THADDEUS, WOMEN OF THE LIGHT (with Cynthia Mitchell), SPACE INTERLUDE, FINDING CLARA, ACROSS THE HOLY TELL, and ON THE DREAMHOUSE SEA. Works-in-progress include BIRDS OF A FEATHER: A COMEDY ABOUT DE-EXTINCTION, as well as LITTLE ♀ . Selections from my plays have been published by Smith & Kraus (most recently in The Best Women’s Monologues of 2017, The Best Men’s Monologues of 2017, and 105 Five-Minute Plays For Study And Performance), North Carolina Literary Review, Playwrights’ Center (Monologues-Heinemann Press), Blackbird Press, and Left Curve.