Lifelong Learning Resources

Lifelong Learning is a field, it seems to me, for which all my professional life and interests have been destined!

Following an Off-Broadway debut with "Ivy Rowe" (my adaptation of Lee Smith's novel Fair and Tender Ladies), I've been touring nationwide with one-woman shows for 25 years, adding musical accompaniment by Jeff Sebens. I've performed at literary festivals, colleges, theaters and libraries.  An early "Lifelong Learning" program I did jointly with Lee Smith for Hollins College. Most recently, a series of shows for Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute, Reuter Center, UNC-Asheville.

Programming areas I've  been experienced in covering:


"Ivy Rowe" from Lee Smith's Fair and Tender Ladies: a favorite among Lee Smith shows

"A Rash of Stories," (Ron Rash's)  poignant and funny as well as suspenseful

Allan Gurganus's work (Oldest Living Confederate Widow...) featured in two shows

"Ivy, Alice, & Evalina:" 3 Voices from Lee Smith" (including new novel Guests on Earth)

"Happy Memories Club:" Lee Smith story set in a retirement center!


"Civil War Cameos:" home-front tales from the works of Lee Smith, Ron Rash, & Allan Gurganus:  

"On Agate Hill" Lee Smith Civil War novel



"The Happy Memories Club" a Lee Smith piece set in a retirement center, a powerful springboard for:

"Our Own Stories" Workshops, participants telling/writing their own stories

Personal Monologues

"The C-Word" (My own Cancer Story)

"Confessions of a Clergy Wife:" (My own "spiritual journey" of sorts)

"Late Blooming"- a flexible compilation, can be interactive with a small group


"Go, Granny D!" (Subtitle: "You're Never too Old to Raise a Little Hell") from the memoir of  90-year-old crusader who walked across the U.S. for election reform

"Ivy Rowe" from Lee Smith's Fair and Tender Ladies



Reclaiming our Democracy:

"Go, Granny D!" (Subtitle: "You're Never too Old to Raise a Little Hell"): from the  memoir of
90-year-old crusader who walked across the U.S. for election reform,  so timely now!



                                                    "OUR OWN STORIES" WORKSHOPS/ VARIOUS  PROGRAMS
                                    Selected Sampling from S
chools, Conferences, Retreats, Retirement Centers

OLLI, Reuter Center, UNC-Asheville

Continuing Educationn Institute Workshop, Anna Maria FL, Gloria Steinem a participant

Schools: Cleveland Court Elem., Harrison Performing Arts High School, Polk County FL;

            Handley High School, Winchester VA; Amery High School, Amery, Wisconsin;

            West Wilkes High School, Wilkesboro NC

Hollins College, Lifelong Learning Week (with Lee Smith) in Cashiers NC

Center for Life Enrichment, Highlands NC

Florida Women's Alliance retreat, with 55 members

Friends of the Library, Elkin NC

Writers’ Guild, St. Croix Arts Center, Taylors Falls, Minnesota

Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem NC

Handley Library, Winchester VA

NCCAT: NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Cullowhee NC

Wintergreen Summer Festival, Wintergreen VA

Greenbrier Valley Theater, Lewisburg, WV

Senior Resource Center, Haywood County NC, 2 series of workshops

King College, Bristol TN

Emory and Henry College, Emory VA

Ongoing series at Haywood Street Congregation, Asheville NC


                                                                           RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE


Founder/ Artistic Director, Taproot Theatre, educational touring ensemble, Lakeland FL, '76-'81

Artistic Associate, Playmakers, professional theatre company, Tampa FL, '88-'89

Co-director: JAZZ, JAM, NO JIVE, African- American teenagers, original musical production, Tampa '88

Playwright-in-Residence: Harrison Performing Arts High School, Lakeland FL '91

             University of Texas, Austin- with Suzan Zeder, Chair, New Play Development, ‘94; David Kranes, consultant

Florida Humanities Council: Tour as performer, scholar; Chatauqua director; Teacher Institute workshop leader


Artist-in-the-Schools: Polk and Hillsborough Counties FL,'82-'88- Performances, Workshops;

            Consultant, Language Arts, Polk County Schools: Workshops, Inservice Training for teachers

Workshop Instructor: NC Center for Advancement of Teaching; Florida public schools, Playmakers

Our Own Stories workshop leader at schools, conferences, retreats, retirement centers

Community Projects & Special Groups

Story Circle leader and greeter at Haywood Street Congregation, a homeless ministry in Asheville NC

Conceived and directed "ACCESS" for WheelHouse, with Cerebral Palsy Adults

Leader, Communication Workshop, Florida Disabilities Conference

Worked extensively with the Deaf, American Sign Language in performance in the schools and the community

AIDS Benefits, performed on five different occasions

American Cancer Society Benefits, “The C-Word”

Child Advocacy benefits with ELLEN FOSTER 

Conceived, developed and co-directed JAZZ, JAM, NO JIVE, inner city African-American youth, Tampa '88

Hosted “People & Their Stories” series at local church and local bookstore

Folksinger, guitar player: Toured in the 70’s with Lydia & the Pinkhams

                                                                        EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

BA degree, University of Alabama

Phi Beta Kappa; Who's Who, and Mortar Board, Honoraries,

16 hours postgraduate work, University of South Florida, Special Education, Gifted   

Summer ‘Intensive’ Workshop with Shakespeare & Company, Boston (Wellesley)

Autobiographic Storytelling Workshop (13 selected participants): Spalding Gray, leader, Esalin Institute CA,'92