I am a biographer, author and editor and I have spent most of my career writing and teaching about the theater. I have just completed a biography of the pioneering playwright and stage director Emily Mann, who has led the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ, for the past thirty seasons. This is her final season as Artistic Director, and in recognition of Mann's significance to the American theater, last fall Theatre Communications Group gave her its Visionary Leadership Award. Mann was also inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
All told, I have written or edited more than ten books, most of them involving the work of women in the American theater. Recently in fact, I edited a collection of Yvette Heyliger's bold plays, WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS MAN! FULL-LENGTH PLAYS FOR LEADING WOMEN. I am a member of PEN, The Authors Guild and the League of Professional Theatre Women, and I am on the board of the Center for Creative Partnerships. an educational organization of conscience and social justice.
I am also an arts journalist and have written for numerous national publications, including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, American Theatre Magazine, and Dramatics Magazine. My Ph.D. in Theater is from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and I have taught theater history and dramatic criticism at New York University and Marymount Manhattan College, among other universities and colleges.
Along the way I co-founded and was first president of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, the international organization serving dramaturgs and literary managers in the performing arts. LMDA, I am proud to say, has helped transform the American theater's approach to nurturing and supporting our dramatists.
Remember 2008? That was the year the economy imploded. I took a five-year leave from theater to be Public Relations Director for the Community Environmental Center (CEC) in Queens, NY. This ground-breaking not-for-profit, which brought sustainability to New York City apartments and homes, raised my awareness of how essential it is that we preserve the natural world around us and fight the causes of climate change.
I was born and raised here in New York City, but I have come to love upstate New York, where my husband, Dr. Gordon R. Hough, and I retreat whenever we can. Upstate I have plunged into a whole new genre as an author: writing true crime stories. The Catskills, as it turns out, are rife with enough stories of murderous revenge and betrayal to fill several books.
My writing and editing work include...
LUCILLE LORTEL: THE QUEEN OF OFF BROADWAY (Biography): Limelight Editions
WOMEN WHO WRITE PLAYS: INTERVIEWS WITH AMERICAN DRAMATISTS
(Interviewer and Editor): Smith & Kraus
FRONT LINES: POLITICAL PLAYS BY AMERICAN WOMEN (Co-Editor with Shirley
Lauro): The New Press
THE LION KING: PRIDE ROCK ON BROADWAY (with Julie Taymor): Hyperion
THE STORY OF 42ND STREET (Co-Author with Mary Henderson): Random House
WOMEN WRITING PLAYS: THREE DECADES OF THE SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN
PRIZE (Editor): University of Texas Press
DURANG in an hour (Author): Smith & Kraus
REBECK in an hour (Author): Smith & Kraus
WASSERSTEIN in an hour (Author): Smith & Kraus