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ICWP began in 1988 in Buffalo, New York, with the mission of supporting and promoting women playwrights around the world and bringing attention to their works. Recently we have published books of scripts and given recognition awards to theatres operating gender equity in the annual season.

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Board of Trustees 2017-18


President - Sophia Romma  (USA) 

Vice-president - Lucia Verona ( Romania)

Treasurer - Rita Kneiss Barkey ( USA)

Secretary -  Sharon Wallace ( USA)


Mona Clair Curtis (USA)  Newsletter Editor

Lillian Caldwell ( USA)

Amy Drake ( USA)

Patricia Morin (USA)

Karin Williams (USA)

Eliza Wyatt ( UK)

Board of Trustees 2016-17


President - Sophia Romma  (USA) 

Vice-president - Patricia Morin (USA)

Treasurer - Rita Kneiss Barkey ( USA)

Secretary -  Sharon Wallace ( USA)


Mona Clair Curtis (USA)  Newsletter Editor

Amy Drake ( USA)

Lucia Verona (Romania)

Karin Williams (USA)

Eliza Wyatt ( UK)

Board of Trustees 2015-16


President - Karen Jeynes (South Africa) Bio

Vice-President - Lucia Verona  (Romania) Bio

Vice-president - Sophia Romma  (USA) Bio

Treasurer - Rita Kneiss Barkey ( USA)

Secretary -  Sharon Wallace ( USA) Bio


Mona Clair Curtis (USA)  Online Content Editor Bio

Elana Gartner (USA) Volunteer Manager  & 50/50 Awards Co-ordinator Bio

Coni Ciongoli Koepfinger (USA) Bio

Patricia Morin ( USA)

Eliza Wyatt ( UK)

President - Karen Marijke Jeynes - South Africa



Freelance writer, dramaturg, producer

Editor of That Word Site


Previous Boards and Committees   

ICWP , Women Playwrights International- since 2010


BA (Hons) UWC, Completing MA, Arts marketing diploma from IMM

Connected with

WPI Assitej Arterial Network

Skills and Interests   

Administration & Management, Public Relations & Communications, Outreach & Advocacy

Personal Statement:
I really believe the international element of ICWP is important. I am involved in running the 2015 Women Playwrights International conference and hope to include ICWP there. I have a history with the organisation.

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Vice-President - Lucia Verona  

Bucharest, ROMANIA

Boards and Committees

1. In the Committee of the Playwriting section of the Romanian Writers Union Bucharest branch - from 2000 to present day. From 2003 acting president, then president until September 2013, now a member.

2. On Board of the Romanian Writers Union, 2009-2013

3. On ICWP Board from 2006 to 2009

4. Acting president of the Cultural Foundation "Bucureti 2000".


Graduate of the Bucharest Music Conservatory "Ciprian Porumbescu" 1972.   

Awards & Honours

- I had twice the prize for playwriting awarded by the Bucharest Playwriting section of the Romanian Writers' Union, in 2000 and 2006.

- Second prize in 2008 at the Romanian Comedy playwriting contest.

- Excellence Award in 2009 by the magazine "Felicia".

Skills and Interests

Policy Development, Special Events, Outreach & Advocacy, Publishing   

Laise With

Romanian Writers Union, also some Romanian theatres.   

Personal Statement

As a European and a Romanian, I hope to give a broader meaning to the "I" from International.  

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VIce-President- Sophia Romma - USA

New York, USA


The O'Neill Film and Theatrical Foundation, New York  

Boards and Committees

New York University's Alumni Association

- Board (member since 2008)

- Board, Alumni Day Committee (member since 2009)

- Global and Regional Outreach Committee, Co-Chair (appointed 2013)

New York University Long Island/Queens Alumni Club Nassau Coordinator (2013)

National Association of Professional Women (member since 2010)

Dramatist Guild of America Women's Initiative (Leadership Position, from 2009)

League of Professional Women in Theatre, The International Committee,

(Co-Chair, appointed December, 2013)

Mayakovsky Academic Art Theatre (International Women Playwright's Committee, 2007)  


NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 1995, Bachelor in Fine Arts & 1997, Master in Fine Arts

Ph.D. Gorky Literary Institute, Russian Literature, Theatre in Film, 2005

Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, Certificate of Excellence in the Craft of Teaching the Fundamentals of Playwriting, 2004  

Awards & Honours

17 International Poetry Awards from Moscow's Poetry Society, Writer's Circle,

Gorky Literary Institute,

The Garnet Grand Prix Bracelet for best original screenplay and best motion-picture,

Poor Liza, at the St. Petersburg Literature in Film Festival, 2001

The Stanislavsky Prize for best play on the life of Russian Poetess, Marina Tsvetaeva,

"The Past Is Still Ahead" from the Mayakovsky Academic Art Theatre, in Moscow.

Women of the Year, NAPW 2011

Skills and Interests

Program Evaluation, Public Relations & Communications, Education & Training, Special Events, Grant Writing, Fundraising, Outreach & Advocacy, Publishing   

Laise with

The Negro Ensemble Company

The O'Neill Film and Theatrical Foundation

The Mayakovsky Academic Art Theatre

The League of Professional Theatre Women,International Committee

New York University

The Dramatists Guild of America, Leadership of the Women's Initiative

Personal  Statement

With my diverse international theatrical connections and my expertise in theatre, and most importantly, my belief in the plight for gender parity; I can offer guidance, support, and help fundraise for women's theatrical projects, which is perhaps my greatest asset to the Board.  I have over twenty years of theatre under my belt.  

I am foremost a playwright, but I am branching out as an independent producer, in the hopes of projecting female voices onto the glorious theatrical stage. I am a strong playwright and a potent, eccentric poet, but I am innately interested in other writers and especially in aiding women in the theatre receive their due share of respect.  I also like to network, and to connect theatre folk to theatre folk.  

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Secretary - Sharon Wallace - USA 

Detroit, USA


Wayne County Community College   

Type of Business


Boards and Committees

1. Deacons Board: Present

2. Learning Community Committee: Wayne County Community College 2010- 2012.


Union Institute & University:  PHD(ABD), Concentration Humanities and Culture.

Goddard College:  Masters of Fine Arts:  Concentration Playwriting

University of Detroit Mercy:  Masters of Arts: Concentration English.

Marygrove College: Bachelor of Arts:  Concentration English."   


Bernard DeRoche English Award

Student Leader Awards

Volunteer Awards   

Personal Statement

I feel ICWP would benefit from my involvement on the Board, because of my commitment to uphold the ideas set forth in ICWP's mission statement, dedication to the membership. Along with my enthusiasm for playwriting as well as bringing new ideas to the Board, as we move into a new chapter after our 25 year anniversary. I am willing to support the organization in any area I can.

Skills and Interests

Community Service, Program Evaluation, Education & Training, Outreach & Advocacy

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Mona Clair Curtis - USA  Online Content Editor    

Currently Based in

Xinzheng City, Henan Province, China



Sias International University

Fort Hays State University Global Business English Instructor

Board and Committees   

I can't remember when I first joined ICWP, but it was somewhere around 2007.  My first volunteer job was a link checker for the submission opportunities in the website.  Later I designed a logo which became the banner for the ICWP Newsletter and shortly afterward I became the newsletter editor.    


B.A. English Literature and Composition

Lewis Clark State College

M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language

University of Idaho   


THE POST-MODERNIST - Seven Devils Playwrights Conference

2006 Idaho Bilingual Teacher of the Year and my staged reading of THE POST-MODERNIST are my only bonafide accomplishments.  You can also see my paintings on Saatchi-Online.   

Personal statement

My biggest project was designing the cover for Scenes from a Diverse World and formatting the manuscript for print and electronic publication.  That project took three years.  I'm very happy reading the listserve and working on volunteer projects.  I am a self-taught playwright and this organization is almost my only contact with the theatrical world.  I live in very remote areas, first in New Plymouth, Idaho and now in Xinzheng, Henan Province, PRC (hard to say which is more remote).  But through the listserve, I stay in touch with issues among playwrights, productions, and submission opportunities.  I enjoy the camaraderie and the opportunities to learn new things about playwriting, electronic publication and graphic design. Willing to give lots of unpaid labor.


Skills and Interests

Non Profit Experience, Community Service, Public Relations & Communications, Education & Training, Grant Writing, Publishing

Liase with

iDtheater and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference

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Elana Gartner (USA) - Volunteer Manager & Applause Awards Co-ordinator

New York, USA



Self-employed: Playwright (2007-present)

Self-employed: Freelance Writer (2010-Present)  

Boards & Committees

ICWP: Board Member/Volunteer Manager (2011-Present)

ICWP: Co-Chair of the 50/50 Applause Awards Committee (2012-Present)

Oberlin College: Alumni Leadership Task Force (2013)/ Class President (2007-Present)/ Alumni Interviewer (2000-Present)

Girls Write Now: Founding Member/Board Member/Program Manager (1998-2002)

New York Association of Volunteer Administrators: Professional Development Committee (2004-2006)/ Nomination Committee (2006-2007)


Oberlin College, BA 1998

Fordham University and Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York, Mentor Supervisory Certificate 2001

New School of Continuing Education, Playwriting Intensive, 2003


2012 Oberlin College Volunteer of the Year Award

For my scripts:

"Daughter" -PlayLab Selection for 2013 Great Plains Theatre Conference

-Honorable Mention: Third Annual Ohio State Newark New Play Contest

"Tag on Toe"

-Finalist: Walking Little Theatre's Hella Fresh Fish 3.0 Short Play Festival

"Because of Beth"

-Third Prize: Pen and Brush 2007-2008 Playwriting Contest

-Finalist: The Open Book 2007 Playwriting Competition


-Winner: 2008 Fabrefaction Theatre Company New Works Contest

"Pilar's Brother"

-Semi-Finalist: 2012 Wordsmyth Theater Company’s Reading Series

-Finalist: 2010 Met Life Nuestras Voces Playwriting Competition

"Cortex Kin"

-Finalist: Stone Soup Theatre’s Double (XX) Fest 2.0

-Semi-Finalist: 2010 Drury University One-Act Playwriting Competition


Personal Statement

I have worked hard during my time on the board to bring tangible progress to ICWP. This has included the ICWP 50/50 Applause Award, assistance in re-hauling the website, the creation of the volunteer program and increasing membership through networking. I would like to have an opportunity to continue this work and to help bring others into it.

I believe that this organization has a lot of untapped potential and needs help tapping it and organizing it. I am willing to help but I know that many, many people are required to make it happen. I look forward to working in a collaborative group to bring women playwrights to the forefront of the theater community.   


Skills and Interests

Administration & Management, Non Profit Experience, Program Evaluation, Education & Training, Volunteer Management   

Liaise with

Women Playwrights Initiative, Dramatists Guild, Playwrights Guild of Canada,, Great Plains Theatre Conference. Many other contacts that I accumulated and developed through my work on the awards committee.   

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Coni Ciongoli Koepfinger (USA)

Pennsylvania, USA


Freelance librettist / playwright

Current Employment

Associate Director/ Playwright in Residence

The Spiral Theatre Studio, NY

Boards and Committees

Former ICWP board member

Former president / VP of St Maurice PTG 1994- 1998

Former artistic director of Playmakers 1982- 1988

Former board member of The Acting Company & Allegheny Rep Theatre


MA in English, Literary & Cultural Theory - Carnegie Mellon University 2002

BA in theatre / playwriting - Penn State University

Awards or Honors

Swan Day award from Borders Manhattan - For Candledancing 2009

Personal Statement

I have learned so much from this group and yet it feels like family.

Have taught playwriting and theatre courses at the university level.

Have been a member of NOW since 1976


Personnel, Human Resources, Community Service, Program Evaluation, Education & Training, Special Events, Outreach & Advocacy

Can liase with-

The Spiral Theatre Studio, JAC publishing , PWRTALK radio theatre Airplay

Current member of Dramatist Guild & League of Professional Women in Theatre

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Patricia Morin (USA)

Eliza Wyatt ( UK)

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