Curriculum Vitae

Education | Directing | Teaching | Awards, Grants, Residencies | Original Works/Publications | Professional Experience | Professional Affiliations


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE"


EDUCATION


2002 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, New York City, New York

2000 MFA, Brown University, May 29th, English (Creative Writing - Play Writing)

1973 BA, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, English (Theatre Minor)

DIRECTING


2004  Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grille, Providence Black Repertory Theatre

2002  West Side Story, Moses Brown School, Providence, RI

TEACHING


2001-2002
Upper School Teacher, Moses Brown School, Providence, RI. 
Playwriting and African American Drama.
Teaching responsibilities included two classes and directing the spring musical, West Side Story. Planned curriculum. Held regular individual conferences with students.

1999-2000
Teaching Assistant, Brown University
Intermediate Playwriting, Introduction to Playwriting.
Solely responsible for workshop design, lectures, grading.
Maintaining regular office hours to work with students on individual basis.

1996-1997
Visiting Instructor of Theatre, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
Beginning Acting, Acting for Musical Theatre.
Solely responsible for course design, lectures, grading. Maintained regular office hours and worked with students individually.

1980-1981
Adjunct Professor of Theatre, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI ::
Singing Technique and Musical Text Interpretation.
Solely responsible for course design, lectures, grading. Maintained regular office hours and worked with students individually.

1979-1980
Acting Workshop Instructor, Brown University, Rites & Reason Theatre. George Houston Bass, Artistic Director. :: Taught improvisation, yoga-based movement, scene study.
Solely responsible for workshop design, lectures, and implementation.

AWARDS, GRANTS, RESIDENCIES

2003
Fellowship in Playwriting, RI State Council on the Arts

2002
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, New York

2001
New Works Award for New Play Development, Rhode Island Foundation
Business Volunteers in The Arts/RI Individual Achievement Award

Rhode Island History Maker Hall of Fame - Rhode Island Historical Society

2000
Pell Award for Excellence In The Arts
YWCA Outstanding Woman of The Year Award in Arts Education

1999-2000
Antonio Cirino Memorial Fellowship, The Rhode Island Foundation
Teaching Assistantship, Brown University
Merit Award, Brown University

1998-1999
Antonio Cirino Memorial Fellowship, The Rhode Island Foundation
The Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, Brown University

1996-1998
Artist-In-Residence, Providence Public School Department, Rhode Island :: Provided lecture-demonstrations utilizing original dramatic vignettes, costumes, props, jazz, blues, and prose to encourage self-esteem, build community awareness, and theatre appreciation. Visited twenty public schools, elementary through secondary. Keynote speaker at several high school graduation ceremonies.

1996
Jane Ruby Lecturer in Humanities, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

1995
Individual Artist Grant - Rhode Island State Council on the Arts :: Completed and presented Under The Rug, a collection of monologues, poems, and songs in the folk tradition.

Artist-In-Residence, Durfee High School, Fall River, MA.
Developed and directed a musical play, Dark Divas and Brown Sugars: Singing Against the Odds, for forty-five high school students. Most of these young people had never performed on stage or experienced the discipline of theatre. I taught them fundamentals of acting, improvisation, speaking, projection, and listening skills.

1994
Rhode Island Foundation Grant. Rewrote & staged Miss Waters, To You an historical play with music, which portrayed the life of Ethel Waters.

1973-1975
Acting Fellow, Adrian Hall Artistic Director, Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, RI



ORIGINAL WORKS/PUBLICATIONS


2003
Menopause Mama, a play with music

2001
Well Water Blues
, in NuMuse: An Anthology of Plays from Brown University

Skips in the Record, Brown University Thesis Play, Finalist, Nantucket New Plays Festival, Winner: The Garde Theatre New Plays, New London, CT

2000
Silhouette of a Silhouette
, Brown University New Plays Festival, Production Workshop, Brown University

1999
Well Water Blues
, Brown University New Plays Festival, Staged Reading, Perishable Theatre, Providence, RI

1998
Through The Mirror
, Iowa Literacy Resource Center, March edition :: The Change Agent, New England Literacy Resource Center, February edition. This prose monologue explores issues of self-esteem.

1994
"Chips On My Shoulder," in Monologues For Women By Women, Tori Haring-Smith, Heineman Company. :: Chips is a monologue about the duality of racism.

"Momma's Little Helper," in Monologues For Women By Women, Tori Haring-Smith, Heineman Company :: A pregnant unwed teen soothes her recently battered mother.

1983
Another Christmas Miracle
, NBC TV-10. Writer, producer, lead actress. Air dates - Christmas Seasons 1983 through 1988. The story of an African-American boy who is taught the true spirit of Christmas by his mother after the father dies. This half-hour video drama was nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Boston/New England Chapter's Seventh Boston/New England Emmy Awards, for five Emmy's including Individual Achievement in Acting and Performing.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


1994-2005
Playwright, Monologuist, and Educator

1973-2003
Actress - Regional Theatre, Off-Broadway, Film, Television
Vocalist - Musical Theatre, Jazz, Blues, Spirituals

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


1997-Present
Founder and Artistic Director, Waterspill Junction, Inc., a nonprofit arts organization highlighting African-American arts and artists.

1998-2002
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Board Member, Executive Committee. Former grant panelist. First coordinator of touring neighborhood arts program, Happenings.

1996-1998
City Year Rhode Island, Advisory Board, Matt Brown, Executive Director
New England Emmy Nominee - Acting

1989-1990
Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

1978-Present
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

1976-Present
Screen Actors' Guild of America (was Boston Board Member 6 Years)

1975-Present
Actor's Equity Association