PLAYWRIGHT - PRODUCER - EDUCATOR
I have been telling stories and writing them down since childhood. Writing has always been a safe space for me, a place to find my authentic voice and heal. I say that if you really want to know who I am as a human being, read or watch my work, and you will get an education on what is on my mind and heart.
I use my platform as a Creative to publicly support human transformation, to inspire social change, and to raise awareness through entertainment.
My 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).
I am currently writing a TV pilot (stay tuned).....
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); 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.
I am an Assistant Professor in the English Department at SUNY/Westchester Community College where I teach Writing, Research, Literature and Modern Drama.