I have facilitated workshops and professional presentations at annual conferences including the American Society for Group Psychotherapy, the National Association for Poetry Therapy, Playback North America, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, the International Women’s Writing Guild, the Boston Book Festival and the New England Theatre Conference.
As a psychotherapist for many years, I expressed my passion for theater by directing psychodramas in therapeutic settings. After closing my psychotherapy practice to focus on my creative writing, I published Before You Forget – The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children (2001) based on decades of writing diaries for my three children and facilitating diary/journal writing workshops. I embarked on a New England book tour providing workshops for parents in community and educational settings and book stores inspiring hundreds of parents to discover the creative parenting art of diary storytelling for their children.
In 2002 I joined Playwrights’ Platform, began writing one-act and full length plays and having them performed locally and nationally and published. As a board member and President of Playwrights’ Platform, I coordinated a variety of play development activities supporting dozens of new playwrights and Boston area actors and directors. I helped produce the annual Playwrights’ Platform Annual Festival in Boston for many years, and I co-founded and produce the annual Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights held at Wellesley College, now in its 8th year.
My workshops integrate the imaginative and transformative power of playback theatre. Playback Theatre is a form of community-based theatre prompting spontaneous stories shared by audience members and “played back” (artistically improvised) for the teller by trained actors or audience volunteers. “Playback has the magical ability to create a deep ritual space where any story—however ordinary, extraordinary, hidden, or difficult—might be told and affirmed,” [Playback Theatre North America]
My education is in English literature, education and counseling. I have my M.Ed. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a B.A., English, University of Mass., Amherst (Phi Beta Kappa). I’m a certified psychodramatist, a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama, a member of Playback North America and a member of the Dramatist’s Guild.