The Velvet Chamber
An Anthology of Revisioned Myth and Fairy Tale

Explore the dark side of the female psyche --A CALL FOR WRITERS




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Curriculum Vitae


PROFILE: An award winning feminist writer, published by: Salon.com, Heinemann Press, Cleis Press, Seal Press, New York Press, TheatreForum Magazine, American Muse Magazine. Internationally produced playwright; credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Public Radio, Public Theater. Reviewed and/or profiled in The York Times, Art in America, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, The London Sunday Times and Time Out London and Jezebel.com. Most recently, blogger/writer/editor for DumboNYC, Brooklyn Heights Blog. 

EDUCATION:

New York University, The Gallatin School of Individualized Study. M.A. 2008.
Focus of study: Feminist Theory and Writing. GPA 4.0 The Gallatin School is a small innovative college within NYU where students create their own program of study and engage in self directed education.

Thesis Project

Title: “Sexing the Virgin: An Examination of Archetypes in The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter.” Advisor: Sharon Friedman, Ph.D.; Literary Interpretation and Feminist Studies. Concentration: Writing, Feminist Theory.

Harvard University, Graduate Playwriting Workshop, 1984

NEW MEDIA (on-line publishing)

Editor/Author for book project in association with Mullane Literary Associates: Tales from the Velvet Chamber: An Anthology of Revisioned Fairy-tales and Myth, http://talesfromthevelvetchamber.blogspot.com) 2010.

Guest Writer for for DumboNYC. http://dumbonyc.com/ A neighborhood blog regularly featured in nymag.com, brownstoner.com and nytimes.com (City Room). Badlands at Smack Mellon GalleryTransformer Has Juice  (re-posted on USA Today.com), Shades of Jazz on Noir (re-posted on USA Today.com), I Was a Blogfest Virgin, and Beauty Underfoot

Guest Writer for Brooklyn Heights Blog, http://brooklynheightsblog.com dispatches from America’s First Suburb. Selected Titles: Concert by the Light of the Moon, Galapagos Arts Space and Sci Fi Thriller, Incident on State Street, Africa Comes to Brooklyn, Waiting for Ganesh, The Hunchback of Atlantic Avenue (re-posted on nytimes.com City Room)  A Little de Sade on the Side and Have You Seen My Desktop.

Salon.com: Wild Garden, fiction; In My Life; A Boy, A Girl, non-fiction (commission); Mary Magdalene (an excerpt from The Erotica Project); Diary of a Divorce, (commission) Parts One and Two, non- fiction; Youth Magnet, non-fiction; By the Banks of Lake Michigan, fiction; Love in the Time of Terrorism, fiction; Almost Like Love, fiction (2001-2003).

PUBLICATIONS (Selected):

The St. George Hotel, 1890. A feminist erotic revision of Blue Beard, anthologized in Do Not Disturb, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Cleis Press, 2009.

Justine in Latex. A short story anthologized in Rubber Sex, edited  by Rachel Kramer Bussel, publisher Cleis Press, 2008.

Truck Stop Cinderella, a feminist revision of Cinderella, anthologized in Dirty Girls, Seal Press, 2007.

Sex on the Beach, fiction, New York Press, 2002

The Erotica Project; co-authored with Erin Cressida Wilson, Cleis Press, 2000.

The Shaman on the Mountain, published in More Monologues for Women by Women, edited by Tori Haring-Smith at Brown University, published by Heinemann Press, 2004 Edition.

On the Banks of Lake Michigan, a finalist in the Ray Bradbury Fellowship for Short Stories, 2002

Sex on the Beach, fiction, 2,000 words, (commission for the Summer Guide), New York Press, 2002

Wild Fire, published in an anthology by Heinemann Press, Even More Monologues for Women, edited by Tori-Haring Smith at Brown University, 2000.

Links to featured articles and reviews:

Village Voice, Lust Horizons http://www.villagevoice.com/1999-01-12/theater/lust-horizon/
Indie London, http://www.indielondon.co.uk/theatre/t_erotica_project_greenwich_prev.html
The Stage, What’s On, London, England, http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/6154/swan-lake
The Stranger, The Erotica Project, How Do You Like Your Raunch, Seattle, Washington, http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/the-erotica-project/Content?oid=7855
The Guardian, London, England, http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2005/jan/14/theatre
The New York Times, “Sex, Sex, Sex: A 'Preoccupation' Is Putting It Lightly,”
The Seattle Weekly, http://www.seattleweekly.com/2001-06-20/arts/getting-it-on/
Morning Star, London, England, http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.ph
The London Evening Standard, http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/theatre/review-15930118-more-erratic-than-erotic.do
TalkingBroadway.com, http://www.talkinbroadway.com/rialto/past/2002/8_20_02.html
Beatrice.com, http://www.beatrice.com/interviews/erotica-project/
Off-Off Broadway, http://www.oobr.com/top/volSeven/fourteen/1205witches.html
Clean Sheets, http://www.cleansheets.com/reviews/book_12.20.00.shtml
TheaterMania.com, http://www.theatermania.com/new-york/shows/the-witches-triptych_7109/
San Francisco Bay Guardian, http://www.sfbg.com/36/18/art_stage_five_flights.html

PRODUCTIONS (Selected):

The Erotica Project, co-authored with Erin Cressida Wilson. Produced at HERE and The Public Theatre, 1999. Featured reviews include; The New York Times, The Village Voice, New York Newsday, New York Post, Theatre Forum Magazine and Art In America. Broadcast on WBAI, recipient of NFCB Silver Reel.

National and International productions of The Erotica Project:

London: Produced by NXT Theatre in association with Rose Bruford College and The Greenwich Playhouse. Reviews from The London Times, The Telegraph and Time Out London, 2005

San Francisco: Produced by Cafe Theatre (Combined Art Form Entertainment), 2002.

Charlottesville: Produced by The Live Arts Summer Theatre Festival, 2002.

Seattle: Produced at The Seattle Fringe Festival at the Northeast Actors Studio, 2001.

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Dona Gracia, The Fall of the House of Mendes at New York Theatre Workshop, produced by The Hour Glass Group, and at Makor/92nd Street Y, 2004

2001: An Oral History, premiered at Town Hall, on Broadway, a marathon of new plays to commemorate 9/11, produced by Brave New Word, 2002.

The Witches Triptych a theatrical adaptation from the award winning NPR Series, Lost Voices, and a four part documentary series, The Great Days of Witchcraft. Workshopped at New Georges Theatre. Directed by Erica Gould. Critically acclaimed five week run, 2000.

Rainy Season a women’s monologue from Epiphanies is produced, Westbank, Westbeth, Dixon Place, Circle in the Square Theatre, Naked Angels, and at The Women CenterStage Festival at The Salon, 1997.

My Bones Hold Secrets and Blindfold, two one acts, produced at Westbank Cafe by Circle East (formerly Circle Repertory Company), 1996.

Sweet Willy’s Red Eye Bar and Grill, a full-length play. Readings at Playwright’s Horizons and LAByrinth Theatre, 1999.

Rough/House, a full-length play. Production at INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center, 1994.

Terra Incognita by Maria Irene Fornes, Script Consultant and Stage Manager, for a month long residency at Storm King, sponsored by the Theatre Communications Group, 1994

Bad Moon Rising, a full-length play,workshop at New Georges, 1996.

No Small Miracle, a full-length children’s play, produced at Primary Stages, 1994.

Girl Trouble, and Epiphanies produced at INTAR Theater by LAByrinth, 1994.

RESIDENCIES:

The Barn, Founded in 1967 by Edward Albee, after proceeds from his play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? proved abundant, the Foundation maintains the William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center (better known as "The Barn") in Montauk, on Long Island in New York, as a residence for writers, painters, sculptors and composers, 1993.

Millay Colony for the Arts, The Colony sits on a seven-acre campus bordered by Edna St. Vincent Millays’ former house and gardens, 1994

READING SERIES:

Guest author for The Happy Ending Reading Series, curated by Amanda Stern, 2003

Guest author for HEAT; sexy stories and burlesque, curated by Christen Clifford, at Makor/92nd Street Y, and the Culture Project, 2003

Guest author for Throaty Uprisings, curated by Donna Minkowitz, at Ozzie's, Park Slope, 2005

BROADCASTING Producer/Writer:

National Public Radio:

Lost Voices commissioned by Andy Trudeau, Executive Producer for Cultural Programming. Producer and co-author for a six part historical/dramatic series, 2001.

Making My Bones with the Road, producer and writer, 1997.

Girl Trouble, producer and writer, 1996.

WBAI Radio:

The Erotica Project, WBAI Radio in collaboration with John Gould Rubin and Erin Cressida Wilson. These broadcasts win an NFCB Silver Reel, national award in broadcasting.

Episodes from Lost Voices air on WBAI Radio; The Trial of Agnes Gaudry and Ashes, Ashes and Earth Sinking Into Fire. This broadcast is awarded NFCB Silver Reel

All the Daughters of My Father's House. Producer and co-author. A collaborative performance text which included excerpts from The Tempest, Midsummer Night's Dream, 1997.

Mad Women for Modern Times, producer, curator, and co-author. A week-long festival of women's voices including Deb Margolin produced during National Women's Month for WBAI Radio. 1995 – 96. Supported by a grant from The Puffin Foundation

Making My Bones With The Road, producer and writer. Utilizing original material as well as text from The Songs of Solomon, 1997.

Vox Humana, producer and writer. A one act inspired by La Voix Humane, 1997.

Vassar College:

Girl Trouble and Epiphanies, writer. Broadcast at New York Stage and Film Radio Theatre Series, Vassar College, 1997.

PR AND MARKETING WRITER (Selected)

Marketing Consultant, konyk Architecture, Brooklyn, NY. 2000-2001. Assisted in content development, design and production of brochures, press articles, one sheets, advertisements, mailings and marketing supplies. Coordinated production, implementation of press mailings

Producer’s Representative, Cinevision USA, New York, NY, 1996-1998. Wrote, edited all press and marketing language for over five different film projects. Compiled press kits, brochures, one sheets and assured timely delivery of all printed materials. Travel to the major broadcasting markets: National Association of Television Producing Executives (NATPE) in New Orleans, and MIP COM in Cannes and Telling Stories in Edinburgh.

Director of Communications, Performance Space 122, New York, NY, 1994-1996. Planned, researched, wrote and edited press releases for over thirty different events annually. Ensured consistent listings presence in all media. Pitched story ideas and photo opportunities for ongoing programs and one-time events. Art directed film shoots. Created and edited annual calendar of events. Liaison with all press including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, New York Magazine.