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March 2017 Newsletter Meet the Board

30 Mar 2017 2:26 AM | Mona Curtis (Administrator)

                                   Meet the Board


President:  Sophia Romma

Playwright/Producing Artistic Director, Dr. Romma is the author of fourteen stage-plays which have been produced Off-Off Broadway and Off-Broadway, three of which have been produced at La MaMa E.T.C. Her play, "The Past Is Still Ahead," which she co-directed with legendary Swiss director, François Rochaix, has been performed at the Cherry Lane Theatre, praised by critics at the Midtown International Theater Festival and toured London, Moscow, Montreal and Seoul. The Negro Ensemble Company presented Romma’s "The Mire" at the Cherry Lane Theatre, directed by Charles Weldon of the NEC, which Andrew Webster of the New York Times heralded for “grinding down stubborn cultural borders with love’s symphony.” Romma’s Off-Broadway musical, “Cabaret Émigré,” was lauded by The Villager for her heart-wrenching, brave theatrical voice: “Romma has crafted an erotic American Vernacular in quantum verse, delving deep into the dislocated émigré’s soul.” Dr. Romma is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (M.F.A) and has received her Ph.D. in Philology at the prestigious Maxim Gorky Literature Institute. Romma served as Literary Manager of the Negro Ensemble Company.  She is currently the Producing Artistic Director of The O’Neill Film and Theatrical Foundation. (www.theoneillfilmandtheatricalfoundation.com).

Vice President:  Patricia L. Morin


Patricia L. Morin, MA, LCSW, and VP of the International Centre for Women Playwrights, began playwriting in 2011. After having four mystery short stories published, and loving theatre, she began writing plays. Her first short play, The Gatekeeper swept 2012 Fringe of Marin award, and was later voted one of the best plays in their twenty-five year history (2016). It wasn’t until joining ICWP that she realized the depth and breath of women’s issues worldwide, many not being heard, in all areas, but especially theatre. She is proud to be a part of an organization that strives to have those voices be heard.

To learn more about Pat :www.patricialmorin.com


Vice President:  Amy Drake

Amy Drake is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Board member of the International Centre for Women Playwrights and Theatre Communications Group. Amy’s plays have been performed in New York, Chicago, and other US cities. Her recent play, Eyes like Opaque Gems, was voted Most Popular Play in the Midtown International Theater Festival (MITF) Short Play Lab, NYC.  Home Body received a staged reading at The Ohio State University New Works Lab in 2015 and was nominated for four awards in MITF, New York. She was voted Theatre Roundtable Best Director for Night Must Fall and was assistant director for the Actors’ Theatre production of Servant of Two Masters, which ranked among The Columbus Dispatch Top-10 shows of 2012. Amy is also a stage actor and director, commercial actor, an author, academic writer, conference speaker, and poet. She holds a B.A. from Ohio Dominican University and a M.S. degree in marketing and communication from Franklin University. Her education includes play writing, creative writing and history summer programs at Cambridge University, UK, Reed Hall, Paris, Kenyon (College) Summer Institute, and Yale University.

Secretary:  Sharon Wallace

Sharon Wallace is a Playwright and Poet with a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Humanities and Culture from Union Institute and University. Her dissertation topic is African American Playwrights and the Empowerment of Black Women. Sharon earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Playwriting from Goddard College.  She has a Masters degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in English from The University of Detroit Mercy, and earned a Bachelors degree in English Literature at Marygrove College. Sharon is a full-time professor in the English department at Wayne County Community College District.

Representative Plays:  Long Way Home; 1967A Life of its Own, and Outside the Lions Paw.


Treasurer:  Rita Barkey


Rita is a playwright and fiction writer who believes in 50/50 gender parity in today’s theaters, so she offers her time and service to ICWP. She resides in Western Montana where she formed the Zoola Writers playwrights collective to support the production of brave, new work.Over a dozen of her own plays have been produced around the U.S., and she holds an MFA from The Ohio State University.

Representative plays: The Trigger Gene, The Lieutenant Nun’s Tale


Board Member:  Lucia Verona

Born in Arad, Romania, in 1949, Lucia Verona had dreamed of becoming an opera diva, studied at the Music Academy in Bucharest, then moved on and started writing. She is now a well-known playwright, with many plays produced, published and awarded major prizes, some of them translated and performed in France and the USA. She is also a successful author of fiction, her novels and short stories being well liked by critics and well bought (and loved) by the readers. Her latest books, “Crime at the Jubilee”, “Crimes at the Festival”, “Murder in the Old City” and “Death Comes to the First Night” are bestseller mystery writings with a celebrated opera diva as a private investigator. She is also known as a translator of Shakespeare's plays into Romanian. Since August 2016 she has been an advisor to the Mayor of Bucharest and a few weeks ago she was appointed manager of a new theatre in Bucharest – The Romanian Playwrights Theatre.

Member of the Romanian Writers’ Union since 1989, Member of the ICWP since 2006.
Her website and blog is partly written in English. (www.luciaverona.ro).


Board Member:  Eliza Wyatt
 
Eliza Wyatt is a Gemini writer, who writes mostly plays but has been known to stray into poetry and prose writing. She has been active in the Boston scene for a number of years but is presently to be found in Brighton, England where she has just finished an autobiographical novel entitled The Mother Cluebook. She says she became a playwright after working in a literary agency in London, meeting many notable playwrights and seeing memorable plays.


Board Member:  Karin Williams

Karin is a playwright and screenwriter whose work has been produced by San Diego's Fritz Theater (where she served as playwright-in-residence from 1992-2001), NYC's Looking Glass Theater, Art House Productions, Space 55, Long Island Theatre Collective, New York New Works Festival, Flush Ink! Productions, the Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre Digital Performance Institute, Lamia Ink!, CollaboractionTheater, Boston Theaterworks, and many more. As a partner in the motion media company CulpepperWilliams, she wrote and produced "The Captive" (Webby People's Choice Award & NYTVF "Best Web Series" Award) and the independent feature "Jordan." Her plays are available through Original Works Publishing and YouthPlays.

I became a playwright because I believe drama communicates our wisdom and values as a culture, and I wanted to contribute to that conversation. I also believe women's voices need to be heard on an equal basis with men's, and women playwrights need to stand up and claim their power as artists. I'm proud to be a board member of an organization that has been supporting and empowering women for over 25 years.


Board Member:  Mona Curtis


Mona Curtis is a self-taught artist and playwright. Her play The Postmodernist was workshopped in the Seven Devils Playwright’s Conference and produced in the Summer 2016 Mid-Town International Theatre Festival. She writes plays because scenes, situations, and dialogues well up inside her and it it joyous to be able to put them all together into a work of art. She is a student of all art and also enjoys computers and graphic design. So she has been the ICWP volunteer newsletter editor for at least four years, a process she has grown to love. She thinks ICWP is one of the most supportive organizations on the planet and is honored to be a part of it.  She has a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Lanugage from the University of Idaho.  She lives and works in China.


Welcome New Board Member:  Lillian S. Cauldwell

Ms. Lillian S. Cauldwell has interviewed numerous bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors on the national acclaimed phone group tour, PBP Playback Producers. She has also been a Media Advisor at The National Publicity Summit in New York Ciity at the request of Steve Harrison. For the past four years, Ms. Cauldwell has interviewed national and international authors in person and by telephone for the Miami International Book Festival.

Lillian S. Cauldwell is known in the Media Industry as ‘Passionate’ and ‘Getting Things done!’


For the past several years, Ms. Cauldwell has written theater of the absurd and black comedy plays. In addition, she has ghost-written blogs for top business executives including inter-active e-books from articles, blogs, commentaries, letters-to-the-editors, and vlogs for top business executives and authors. She helps business individuals master the techniques of presentation and interpersonal skills.


Clients engaged Ms. Lillian S. Cauldwell for her honesty, integrity, passion, getting things done, 25 years of research skills, 10 years of audio streaming and interviewing, versatility, communication and interpersonal skills. 

Welcome New Member

MT Cozzola is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her plays have been produced and/or developed at Chicago Dramatists; The Side Project; The Fine Print Theatre; Victory Gardens; Donny’s Skybox; La MaMa ETC;  The Ruckus; and other theatres. Commissions: Working Women’s History Project; Step Up Productions; The Side Project; and Something Marvelous: A Festival of Magical Realism. Honors: Winner, Heartland Theatre’s 2015 New Plays from the Heartland; 2015 Equity Library Showcase Finalist; 2014 Illinois Arts Council Award; Residencies at La MaMa Umbria, Ragdale, and Playa. She is represented by The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency.

Now Playing & Coming Soon

If you have a play or a reading between April 1 – April 30, please email Amy  (amydrake1018@aol.com) before March 15 and it will be featured in the NOW PLAYING column of the April newsletter.  Any play or reading  in Mayl will appear in the COMING SOON column.

By Christine Emmert

When Gertrude Came to Play will be part of the SHE SPEAKS festival in Kitchener,      Ontario, CANADA, March 4 & 5.


Fragile Freedom will be shown on March 18th and From Out the Fiery Furnace will be shown on March 25th atHopewell Furnace National Park Visitor’s Center, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania USA

Say No More (an adaptation of Strindberg's “The Stronger”) will be presented at Phoenixville Library on March 30th, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA

By Robin Rice

Alice in Black and White, March 9-18, Looking for Lilith Theatre Co., Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Lust & Lies, March 15, 365-NYC. Encore Theatre for the New City, New York, USA

The short play BUDFUD129ZK (about a woman scientist in the future) will be part of TheFuture Is Female Festival in NYC on March 22 (7:30, Bernie Wohl Center).

By Katherine Koller

The Lost Goddess is part of The Mommy Monologues, produced by SkirtsAfire Her Arts Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA, March 2-12, 2017.

A staged reading of Riverkeeper is presented by Alumnae Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA, as part of the New Ideas Festival on March 11, 2017.


Ludmilla Bollow’s full-length comedy, In the Restroom at Rosenblooms March 3-5 - Shelby Community Theatre - Shelby KY, USA

And So ... by Patricia L. Morin will be a part of Flush Ink Production's SHE SPEAKS-WOMEN'S WORKS, WOMEN'S WORDS festival March 4th and 5th in Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA.

The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister by Kristine Bauske, March 10-26, Tennessee Stage Company, Knoxville, Tenn. USA

A Heroine Free Summer by Jennifer Decker. Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company, Houston, Texas, USA. March 30-April 15, 2017

World Premier Reading of Cortex Kin by Elana Gartner. March 10, 7:30 p.m. Dixon Place, New York, NY USA

A Kitten by Any Other Name by Marjorie Conn March 3, 4, & 5 at The Producers’ Club Theaters, New York City, USA

March 10-11-12, the world premiere of Precious Bane Musical by Geralyn Horton, Needham Community Theater, Needham, Massachusetts, USA



Alan Woods’s ten-minute play Not the Delany Sisters will be performed by THAT’s for Seniors in Holland, Manitoba, as part of “Gettin’ On” on April 9, 2017.

In the Restroom and Rosenblooms (Full length comedy) by Ludmilla Bollow April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 - (7 performances) Memories Ballroom Dinner Theatre, Port Washington, Wisconsin USA

A Heroine Free Summer by Jennifer Decker. Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company, Houston, Texas, USA. March 30-April 15, 2017



Yours for innovative, engaging and equitable theater,

Mona Curtis
Newsletter Editor



P.S.  We are looking for a European playwright (not UK or Eastern Europe) for the April newsletter.  Please feel free to nominate someone or self nominate.

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