PLAYWRIGHT - STORYTELLER - PRODUCER - EDUCATOR
My stories explore the resilience and strength of the human spirit. My work centers characters of color, specifically Black Women, highlighting the complexity, diversity and beauty of their lives. I use my platform as a Writer to amplify social justice issues, to inspire activism, and to give voice and agency to people we rarely see on stage and screen.
Plays include: FREEDOM SUMMER (NCBlackRep; National Black Theatre Festival); 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); IN THIS LIFE (Developed at Quick Silver Theatre Company/Playwrights of Color Summit); WHAT IF...? (Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival; Negro Ensemble Company/UPENN Our Voices Our Time One Act Festival); ROSES OF THE WILLAMETTE: A MUSICAL (in development).
Awards and honors include: Center Theatre Group (CTGLA) "Not a Moment, But a Movement" Commission; 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); Westchester Community College Foundation Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarship; State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities; Final Forty Playwright, Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play (Finalist); Black and Latino Playwrights Conference (Finalist); Calvin B. Grimes Scholar-in-Residence Inaugural award winner (New York University); 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 am the Co-director of The Fire This Time New Works Lab, a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women, and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
I hold a B.A. in English from Syracuse University and an M.A. in English Education from New York University. Post-graduate studies include Trinity College, University of Oxford in the U.K.