About Me

My passion for writing began during my childhood.  When I was growing up, the phrase “children should be seen and not heard” was taken seriously.  It was always “you talk too much”, “stop being fresh (disrespectful)”, “don’t talk back” and my favorite, “don’t answer when I ask you a question”. To me it was self-expression, but I guess not to the elders. I was that kid who always had something to say or felt the need to express herself or explain something away; I decided to write it down. They might not give me the chance to say my piece, but they sure took the time to read what I had to say, lol! Teachers, parents, whomever; if you won’t hear it then you’ll read it. Lol! Hence the start of a great passion; writing. Love notes, cuss notes, apology notes, explanation notes; you name it; someone was getting one. Drama was also my passion; as I got older, I began to combine the two. Everything that I saw, heard and/or experienced was immediately converted into a play, a dance or a poem. Sometimes on paper, other times just mentally.

Admiring a solider standing at the crosswalk neatly dressed in his uniform, inspired me to choreograph a praise dance from the song “Wounded Solider” by Helen Baylor. The poem “Smile” was written at a time when I was trying to encourage my children to take things in stride and find the purpose and something good in all their experiences.  My play “Am I dying?”  is based on my question to the doctor who diagnosed me with ovarian cancer. So, I write to express my reactions to the world around me. I share it with others hoping they will find a way to enjoy the 20% positivity that life throws at them without making the 80% negativity overrule. Basically, everything that happens is just life in progress, so why not make the best of it.

EDUCATION

B.S. in Psychology w/ Concentration in Creative Writing from New School for Social Research

M.S. in Human Services and Counseling from Capella University

PhD Studies in the Advance Studies of Human Behavior from Capella University

TRAININGS & WORSHOPS

How to Get Your Show on Stage, Webinar with Ken Davenport (Winter 2019)

The Road to Broadway, Webinar with Ken Davenport (Winter 2019)

Screenwriting Workshop, with Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger (Fall 2018)

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

NYC Playwrights group

NYC Playwrights Realm

Manhattan Repertory Theatre Playwright

Screenwriting Workshop with Jacob Krueger

New York Writing Club

American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Group

Act Now Film/ Theatre Group for Artists & Black Professionals

Create Short Films Together