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Educational Background

Yale School of Drama, Playwriting and Dramatic Literature, MFA, 1967
Brandeis University, BA, 1964
Boston University

Professional Background


Contributor to:

  • Writing Your Self (to: Identity, and to: Memories, Letters, Dialogues and Visualizations ) – Continuum, 2010
  • On the Waterfront (Script Analysis Conventional And Unconventional) – University of Cambridge Press, 2003

Poetry Journal/Magazine Publications

See individual volumes for acknowledgements.

Articles & Reviews

  • “What Survives Is The Singing,” (poetry by Shanta Acharya), Envoi, 2020
  • “Imagine: New & Selected Poetry of Shanta Acharya,” Envoi, 2017
  • Reviews of Myra Schneider's work on “Metamorphoses,” “A Useful & Moving Book,” “Cores,” “What Women Want,” “Writing My Way Through Cancer,” 2008-2015
  • “The Burden of Freedom,” MUSE India, 2015
  • “A Celebration of the Poetry of Shanta Acharya,” The Challenger (India), 2012
  • “Black Swans,” a review of Shanta Acharya’s DREAMS THAT SPELL THE LIGHT, Journal of Post Colonial Studies (India), Orbis (UK), 2010
  • “The American Voice,” Agenda (online), 2009
  • “Continental Divide,” Ambit (UK), 2007
  • “A Unique Voice,” a review of Shanta Acharya’s SHRINGARA, Khavya Bharati and JLA, (India), and in Envoi (UK), 2007.
  • “Neglect, Metaphor & Winnicott” 1986, and "A Fanfare for Amadeus” 1985, Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Bulletin
  • “American Psychoanalysis: The Illusion of a Future” Los Angeles Times, Opinion Section, 1980
  • “The Roots of Violence” Chicago Review, 1977
  • “The California Coast: Test Case for Conservation and Social Justice” Coast Magazine, 1972
  • “Some Alternatives for Alternative Theatre” 1972

Produced Plays

  • *TIME'S UP Among others, at: Ulm Theatre, Minnesota; Mercury Theatre, Denver; Theatre Upstairs, Los Angeles (Premiere) 1977; Goodman Theatre Center, New Playwrights Project (initiated New Playwrights series)
  • *FOX, HOUND, & HUNTRESS Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles (Premiere), 1971
  • *RASPUTIN Impossible Ragtime Theatre, New York; 5th. Nat’l O’Neill Playwrights Conference, 1969; Yale School of Drama, 1969Gambits Rehearsal, 1975
  • *Included in TIME’S UP AND OTHER PLAYS

Short Stories

  • “Mr. Smith Resolves a Crisis” Riverside Quarterly
  • “Frederic's Door” Literary Review
  • “Prelude" & “Envoi” in EXECUTIVE JUNGLE, 1998

Freelance Editing

  • EXECUTIVE JUNGLE, David Levy, Prometheus Press 1998
  • Outside Editorial Consultant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986-2000.
  • KEEPING HOPE ALIVE, F. Robert Rodman, M.D., Harper & Row: 1986
  • Over 25 papers, UCLA Department of Engineering, M.I.T. Department of Engineering, 1972-2000.
  • YOUTH REBELLION: PATTERNS OF INTERACTION, Dr. Marianne Marchak, Gardner Press, NY: 1980.
  • NOT DYING, F. Robert Rodman, M.D., Random House, NY: 1977.

Fellowships, Scholarships Awards

  • Port Townsend Writers Conference, scholarship in poetry, 1985
  • Squaw Valley, F. T. Wells Scholarship in Poetry, 1983
  • Squaw Valley, scholarship in poetry, 1982
  • National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, 1976
  • Theatre Development Fund grant, 1976
  • Rockefeller Foundation production and royalty grant, via Office for Advanced Drama Research, 1971
  • University of Southern California Research and Publication Grants, 1970, 1971
  • Arts of the Theatre Foundation Fellowship, 1967
  • Theron Bamberger Award, Brandeis University, 1964.

Teaching Experience

  1. California State University, Northridge, 1981-2005: Department of Cinema Arts and Television. Shaped revision of the undergraduate screenwriting program in CAT Department at CSUN; developed basic graduate MA program revision proposal, then led planning for development and implementation of yearly core intensive survey course for program while maintaining a part-time relation to department; shaped basic MFA program in screenwriting.
  2. University of California, Los Angeles, 1971-1973: Department of Theatre Supervised graduate and undergraduate Playwrighting; assisted in graduate reading program and helped upgrade admissions criteria to the playwriting program; assisted undergraduate original productions course.
  3. University of Southern California, 1968-1971: Department of Theatre Developed first MFA in Playwriting at USC, initiated undergraduate emphasis in playwriting, and developed the Playwriting Workshop for production of new scripts.
  4. Southern Connecticut State College, 1968: Department of English
  5. Bridgeport University, 1967-1968: Department of English

Civic Activities

  • Led several organizations and a Los Angeles-wide coalition 1971-76 resulting in expenditure of more than $40,000,000 on part of State of California to establish the state park system in Santa Monica Mountains.
  • Selected as first chairman of Coordinating Committee for the three Citizens Advisory Committees established for the Santa Monica State Park System.
  • Founding member of the Pacific Palisades Community Council, environmental seat.