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Edie Cowan

Edie Cowan, member of the League of Professional Theatre WomenDirector / Choreographer / Actor
New York, New York USA

What play or production changed your life?
When I was eight, my parents took me to see a production of Oklahoma – I was smitten. I especially remember a dancer in the show who wore a straw hat with ribbons down her back. I had a hat just like it and assumed she was a child like me. At one point in the show, she fell down. She picked herself up right away and continued dancing. I’d been taking dance lessons, and the thought came to me…some day I could be a dancer in a Broadway show.

I kept that thought to myself, until one day, on my way home from college, I noticed a building from the bus window. It was the Long Island Institute of Music and Dance. I asked my dad if I could take a few classes there – he agreed and before long I was taking several classes a week.

One day, I announced to my parents my decision to drop out of college and become a dancer. My father said “over my dead body” but suggested I could major in dance at a university. Three years later, I graduated from Butler University and began auditioning for shows. I got my first job, dancing in the ensemble of the original Broadway production of Funny Girl.

Jump forward several years. I went to see the Broadway revival of Oklahoma. There was that same dancer, wearing the straw hat with ribbons and darned if she didn’t fall down again. I realized she wasn’t a child at all and that moment had been choreographed.

Several years after that, the great Agnes DeMille was being honored by the SDC with the Mr. Abbott award. I was asked to be one of the speakers at the gala. I related this story with Ms. DeMille sitting not ten feet away from me. I ended by thanking her for inspiring me to become a dancer and then a choreographer. She touched her heart and opened her hands toward me.

Seeing that show changed my life, and wonder of wonders, I actually got to tell Ms. DeMille and thank her. What a feeling!!!

Edie Cowan has had an extensive career in the theatre from performing in the original casts of three Broadway shows, playing featured roles in three national tours, to choreographing the original Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors. She’s directed and choreographed at many regional theatres and internationally under the auspices of the State Department.

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From the Archives!


LPTW’s Blog30 was created to highlight the diversity, passion and brilliance of the individual members of the League of Professional Theatre Women in celebration of the organization’s 30th Anniversary.

Today, we provide a second chance for readers to meet some of our member-bloggers from February.

From the Archives

I would love to travel more, to meet more, different people and continue to watch those airplanes – maybe a third career as a some kind of tour guide? – Michele Volansky, February 13

Seeing that show changed my life, and wonder of wonders, I actually got to tell Ms. DeMille and thank her. What a feeling!!! – Edie Cowan, February 16

I seem to remember there being some simple staging and change of lights that suggested a change from the characters being backstage to being onstage within one of the songs – I just thought it was the most magical thing. – Regina Gatti, February 20

“What time is the show,” our first caller asked? “What time can you get here?” My husband answered. – Gail Kriegel, February 23

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Blog30 Launches!
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Alexa Kelly
Alexis Greene
Alice Reagan
Alisa Matlovsky
Alix Claps
Amanda Pekoe
Amy Stoller
Andrea Caban
Andrea Kuchlewska
Angelica Page
Angelina Fiordellisi
Anna Nugent
Anne Dunning
Anne Hamilton
Anne Phelan
Anne Stewart FitzRoy, CPA
Antoinette LaVecchia
Asmaa Yehia Eltaher

Barb Kielhofer
Billie Allen

Cara Reichel
Caridad Svich
Carol K. Mack
Carolyn Feleppa Balducci
Catherine Gropper
Catherine Porter
Catherine Schreiber
Cecilia Copeland
chandra thomas
Chelsea Silverman
Cheryl L. Davis
Chiori Miyagawa
Cindy Cooper (Cynthia L. Cooper)

Deborah Asiimwe
DeVida Jenkins
Dorothy Leeds

Edie Cowan
Elaine Smith
Elizabeth Hess
Elizabeth Ireland McCann
Elsa Rael
Enid Futterman

Gabriele Schafer
Gail Kriegel
Georganne Aldrich Heller
Gerda Stevenson
Ginny Louloudes
Glenda Frank
Gwynn MacDonald

Harriet Slaughter
Helen E. Richardson
Helen Stern
Hilary Adams

Jacki Barlia Florin
Jennifer Lane Bustance
Jenny Lyn Bader
Jessica Litwak
Jessi D. Hill
Jill BC Du Boff
Joan D. Firestone
Joanne Pottlitzer
Joyce Liao
Joyce Maio
Judith Binus
Julia Miles
Julia Pascal
Julie Carpenter Sylvester
June Rachelson-Ospa

Karin de la Penha
Katie Pearl
Katrin Hilbe
Kristin Marting
KS Stevens
Kyle Blumenthal

Lanie Zipoy
Laura Annawyn Shamas
Laura Caparrotti
Lauren Yarger
Laurie James
Lenore DeKoven
Linda Chapman
Lisa Rothe
Lorca Peress
Ludovica Villar-Hauser
Lucy Wang
Lynne Rogers

Mahayana (Yana) Landowne
Manda Martin
Marcina Zaccaria
Marcy Arlin
Margaret Fofonoff
Margery Klain
Marie Ann Chenevey
Mari Lyn Henry
Marion Simon
Martha Richards
Maxine Kern
Melanie Sutherland
Melba LaRose
Melody Brooks
Michael angel Johnson
Michele Volansky (PhD)
Michelle Haines
Mira J Spektor
Mũmbi Kaigwa

Nancy Ford
Natasha Lee Martin

Olga de la Fuente
Orietta Crispino

Pamela Golinski
Pat Addiss
Paula D’Alessandris
Paula Ewin
Paula McFetridge
Penny Jackson
Penny Landau
Petronia Paley

Regina Gatti
Richarda Abrams
Roberta Levitow
Robin Rice Lichtig
Robin Rothstein
Romy Nordlinger
Ruth Margraff
Ruth Mayleas

Sandi Durell
Sandra M. Bloom
Sandra Nordgren
Saviana Stanescu
Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy
Sheila Speller
Sheilah Rae
Shellen Lubin
Sherry Eaker
Shirley Lauro
Sondra Gorney
Sophia Romma
Stephanie Klapper
Sue Bartelt
Susan Bernfield
Susan Jonas
Susan Laubach
Susan Wallack

Talia Pura
Theresa Giacopasi
Tisa Chang
Tobie S. Stein, Ph.D.
Tricia McDermott

Valentina Fratti
Vanda

Wendy Barrie-Wilson

Yvette Heyliger

Zanne Hall
Zoe (Corell) Kaplan

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Week in Review, March 12 – 18, 2012
Week in Review, March 19 – 25, 2012
Week in Review, March 26 – April 1, 2012
Week in Review, April 2 – 8, 2012
Week in Review, April 9 – 15, 2012
Week in Review, April 16 – 22, 2012
Week in Review, April 23 – 29, 2012
Week in Review, April 30 – May 6, 2012
Week in Review, May 7 – 13, 2012
Week in Review, May 14 – 20, 2012
Week in Review, May 21 – 27, 2012
Week in Review, May 28 – June 3, 2012
Week in Review, June 4 – 10, 2012
From the Archives
Week in Review, February 18 – 22, 2013
Week in Review, February 25 – March 2, 2013

Thirty Plays

30 Plays Celebrate 30 Years
From HERE to HONG KONG
a celebration of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Thirtieth Anniversary
January 2012 to January 2013

Rachel Reiner and Deborah Savadge, Coordinators

Chimera
Kristin Marting
January 2012
New York, New York USA

Woman on the Bridge
Julia Pascal
January 2012
London, England

Jackson Heights 3AM
Jenny Lyn Bader
February 2012
Jackson Heights, New York USA

Sips and Scripts
Chelsea Silverman
February 2012
New York, New York USA

Downsizing: the Ten-Minute Play Project
Lenore DeKoven
March 2012
New York, New York USA

When Danny Comes Back to Us
Deborah Savadge
March 2012
New York, New York USA

Dragon Tales…A Dark Quartet
Carrie Robbins
April 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Deborah Savadge and Ivy Austin)

The Storm
Jessica Burr
April 2012
New York, New York USA

KIKA
Barbara Sutton Masry
April 2012
New York, New York USA

Adrenaline…Heart
Paula D’Alessandris
May 2012
New York, New York USA

The Stacy Play – A Love Song –  Volume I
Anne Hamilton
May 2012
New York, New York USA

Food and Fadwa
Linda Chapman
May 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Lameece Issaq)

Theatre Bridge Memphis
Lanie Zipoy
May 2012
Memphis, Tennessee USA

We Play for the Gods
Julie Crosby
June 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Jessi D. Hill, Andrea Kuchlewska, Melisa Tien, Nicole A. Watson)

Giovanni the Fearless
Mira J. Spektor, Carolyn Balducci
June 2012
New York, New York USA

Women w/o Walls
Rachel Reiner
June 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Robin Rice Lichtig, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy and Romy Nordlinger)

The Canola Project
Lynda Adams
August 2012
Lacombe, Alberta, Canada

The Tiger Play
Anne Phelan and Cheryl Davis
September 2012
Brooklyn, New York USA

Sweetie
Patricia B. Snyder
October 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Gail Kriegel and Ivy Austin)

Turning Page
Pat Addiss
October 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Angelica Page)

AliceGraceAnon
Susan Bernfield
October 2012
Brooklyn, New York USA

The Island of No Tomorrows
Lorca Peress
November 2012
New York, New York USA

Women Write the New
Marcy Arlin, Gwynn MacDonald
November 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Kitty Chen, Eva Maliti Franova, Katrin Hilbe)

A Seat at the Table
Yvette Heyliger
November 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Richarda Abrams, Kitty Chen, Michael Angel Johnson, Marshaline Letcher, Lucy Wang, Melody Brooks, Gail Kriegel, Susan Jonas, and Sandra Bloom)

Little Images
Glenda Frank
November 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Edie Cowan and Margot Lewitin)

The Last Seder
Abigail Rose Solomon
December 2012
New York, New York USA

Women’s Words
Harriet Slaughter
December 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Anne Hamilton, Carol Hall, P.J. Gibson, Mira J. Spektor, and Cara Reichel)

Village Stories
Ludovica Villar-Hauser
January 2013
New York, New York USA
(with Antoinette LaVecchia and DeVida Jenkins)

New Chinese Women Writing: The Room
Janice Poon
January 2013
Hong Kong

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