Recent and present positions

Teacher, University of Third Age (Melbourne Australia), 2007 (ongoing)
Script Advisor, Buckett Productions, Dallas, Texas, 1998 (ongoing)
Member, PEN International, Mexico, 1990 (ongoing)
Chicago City Arts panelist to award grants to theatre artists, 2006, 2007
Visiting Playwright, Principia College, IL, during rehearsals for my play Wrens, 2005
Loyola University, Lecturer in Playwriting, 1997-2004
Member, Victorian Writers’ Guild (Australia), 2003-2008
Irish Heritage Center, taught playwriting to children ages 5-10,  2002-2004
Member, Chicago Labor and the Arts, 2003 (ongoing)
Chicago Academy for the Arts, playwright in residence, 2001, 2002
Chicago Catholic Academy, playwright in residence, Spring 2001
Fiction Editor, StoryQuarterly, Illinois, 1996-2006

Published, Produced, or Stage-Read One-Acts and Full-length Dramatic Works (Select list)

Wrens, produced by North Park University, Chicago, October-November, 2009
Conspiracy of Silence: The Magdalene Laundries, published, Dramatic Publishing, 2009
     Bags (“The troubles,” Northern Ireland), published, Dramatic Publishing, 2009, in Other Voices at University of Chicago, 1997
My first novel, Dancing on Ashes, read at Ennui Café, Chicago,  July, August 2008; novel completed January, 2009
Informal reading, Poppies, update of The Poppy Garden (personal story -- breast cancer originally produced by Commons Theatre), Melbourne,  2007
     Staged-reading, The Children’s War (evacuation of children from Edinburgh, Scotland, WWII), at Victorian Writers, Melbourne, 2006; rewrite begun
     No Place Like Home, collaborative work I helped to write, then acted in at Steppenwolf Theatre, 2003
     The Cairn Stones,  (A woman tied to her memories and her island), published by Dramatic Publishing 2001; first produced by Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago, Spring 1999
     Wrens, (Award-winning work, seven women in Women’s Royal Navy, last days of WWII),  Dramatic Publishing, 1996; first produced by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 1996.             
     Radiance of a Thousand Suns: The Hiroshima Project, (Award-winning Collaborative work), first published by Dramatic Publishing, 1997; first produced by Bailiwick Repertory, 1995

Other works (Select List)

     Swallow the Moon (bullying in high school) set in a boarding school in Melbourne, Australia.  Recently completed.
     Anna:  The Emperor’s Nightingale originally produced by the Commons Theatre as The Life and Deaths of Anna May Wong.
     Being rewritten, Amanda (woman in prison for killing her child), commissioned and produced by Rivendell Theatre in Mommapalooza, May-June, 1998
     The Poppy Garden (breast cancer) updated as Poppies because of new research, first produced as The Poppy Garden by The Commons Theatre, 1995
     Alice and Margo (was it murder?) read at LaMama Theatre, Melbourne, January 2010, has been rewritten and submitted to LaMaMa for its consideration.

Residences and Workshops (Select List)

Lecturer on playwriting at North Park University, March 2010
Playwright in residence at Chicago Academy for the Arts,
2001 and 2002
Artist in residence, Ragdale Artists Colony, 2001
Visiting International Playwright at Lauriston Girls School, Melbourne, September, 2001
Playwright in residence, St. Thomas of Acquinas High School, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2000
Mentor, X-Town (Teens) Workshop, Free Street Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1998 and 1999
Residency at Chicago Catholic Academy, 2005

Awards and Honors (Select list)

Invitational staged-reading of Wrens by senior (12th year) students , Methodist Ladies' College (MLC), Melbourne, 2008
Invited to sit on Chicago Arts CAAP panel, 2006 and 2007
Invitational staged-reading by junior students of The Children’s War, Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne, 2005
Addressed senior students on my work, Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne, 2005
Staged-reading of Dandelions (elderly, impoverished nuns) at Victorian Writers, Melbourne, 2004
Awarded four Governor Grants for readings of new plays
Awarded Illinois Arts Council Playwriting Fellowships 1994, 2000
Commissioned by Rivendell Theatre to write a monologue for Mommapalooza, 1998
Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best New Work (Wrens) 1998, (Radiance of a Thousand Suns) 1996
Poets and Writers, NY, Grant (The Bog Witch, produced as The Cairn Stones), 1995
The Driehaus Fund Grant (Wrens), 1996
Wrens, finalist Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 1997
After Dark Award (Radiance of a Thousand Suns), 1994
Invited into New Music-Theatre Ensemble (Minnneapolis) workshop, 1995

My stern passport photo. 
From the UK to the USA,
I arrived with mixed feelings.
Talking theatre in a
coffeehouse in Australia.
That's me in uniform as a real-live Wren.
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