I was born in Cardiff, Wales. My degrees are from Nottingham, England and the University of in Santa Barbara (MA/PhD).
Taught English and Creative Writing at California State University, Chico and served six years as Chair of English.
Currently teaching Celtic history and myths.
Two National Endowment for the Arts Grants. Videotapes for understanding the humanities.
Published articles: “A playwright looks at an historian looking at a playwright,” and, “Confrontation.”
Many university grants to continue playwriting.
Voted “Outstanding Teacher.”
THE STORY OF ANOTHER CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, prose version (Memoir Books)
THE BOY FROM THE MOUNTAINS BEYOND, with Luis Santos, prose (Memoir Books)
ANOTHER CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, dramatic version (Drama Association of Wales). Co-written with William Johnson, Professor of Theatre
PRINCESS YELLOW BOOTS, with Dani Elliott. A children’s book for our granddaughter. (Memoir books)
THE CROSSINGWAY, a young-adult novel (future publication by Austin Maccauley, London
MY TOWN, one-act, George R. Kernodle Playwriting Competition. San Francisco Playwrights’ Unlimited Award.
PIRANDELLO’S WIFE. San Jose State University Playwriting Award. Alley Theatre, Buffalo, New York Playwriting Award.
AND WE WERE LEFT DARKLING, two-act. Mill Mountain Theatre of Roanoke, Virginia New Plays Award.
MY TOWN; PIRANDELLO’S WIFE; AND WE WERE LEFT DARKLING; ANOTHER CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES; and, RODEO, A musical-comedy (with Marcel Daguerre, Josh Hegg and Michael Bone). Also productions of a number of my ten-minute play..
BORDERLINE JUSTICE. Award winner.
ALTA CALIFORNIA. Multiple award winner
UNCLE FRANCO'S BIRTHDAY SUIT. Finalist and semi-finalist.
THE QUISLING. Selected, Depth of Field.
ONCE THERE WERE STORIES. Selected, Wales International Film Festival
RODEO. Finalist. Official selection
THE SCRIPT. Horror screenplay.
GHOST TOWN. Comedy screenplay
I am a member of the Dramatists’ Guild of America, the New Play Exchange, InkTip, Film Freeway, International Screenplay Association, Coverrfly, and IMDb (Internet Movie Database),.
I am an immigrant (born and raised in Wales) with a name (common in my home country of Wales) that confuses me as female. That might explain why I love to explore and write, in serious and comic dramatic forms, stories of those who, through choice or happenstance, find themselves strangers in a strange land. I share in the immigrants’ attempts to “navigate as safely as possible through an ever-shifting landscape of independent and unpredictable powers” (Alan Jacabs), and the difficulty of coalescing given and adopted values and ways of seeing.
Favorite quotation: “The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our own nothingness.” Andre Malraux