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Jessica Litwak

Jessica Litwak, member of the League of Professional Theatre WomenPlaywright, Actor, Teacher, Drama Therapist
New York, New York and Western Massachusetts, USA

Books inspire me: As a playwright, I am a bit of a research junkie. I am fascinated by science, history and politics. I find great pleasure in reading about historical characters that acted bravely in the face of adversity. Reading about science is a joy (I’ve written three plays involving scientific themes from global water shortage and astrophysics to neuroscience and lab monkeys). I also find great inspiration in the heroism of people all over the world. As a core member of both the Dream Act Union and Theatre Without Borders, I am in touch with undocumented youth and artists in conflict zones throughout the world. The courage and generosity to fight for freedom always astounds me. As a drama therapist, I work with people who have lived through hell and who bravely allow the therapeutic use of theatre to give them new windows to ways of seeing. Humor is also inspiring to me. Laughter is the medicine and the life-saver for tough days and dark nights.

Favorite cocktail: A Gin Daisy.

Production that changed your life: Cloud Nine. Lucille Lortel, circa 1981.

Is there anything you still dream of doing? Travel. There are so many places on this earth I haven’t yet seen, worked in or lived. India. Africa. Ireland. The last 20 years have been so caught up in work and single parenthood, that part of me just wants to get a sleeping bag and a suitcase and just…well, go.

I feel most like myself when I am in a rehearsal or a classroom, doing or teaching theatre.

Best escape? Television. Hate to admit it. But there are several shows (The West Wing, Lie To Me, House, Downton Abby, The Good Wife…) that I just climb into and leave the characters of my life for the characters there. Not the best form of relaxation perhaps, but curling up on the couch with a yummy snack and a juicy episode, launches me (temporarily) out of my own hardships.

The one thing most people don’t know about me is that underneath the actress, the intellectual, and the clown, I am a terribly shy kid.

Jessica Litwak, playwright, drama therapist, performer, and teacher, has been on the theatre faculty of S.F. State University, L.A. City College, and currently teaches at Lesley University. She is a co-founder of The Dream Act Union, core member of Theatre Without Borders, and artistic director of New Generation Theatre Ensemble.


Week in Review, March 12 – 18, 2012

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. As theatre artists, administrators, and crew, we often work on productions that morph, develop and/or change mid-stream; Blog30 is no different, and so was born the Week in Review.

Every Sunday, the women featured in the previous six days, as well as three others from our first two months, will receive a little more attention, a second chance for readers to learn about them. Sunday is often a day for reflection, offering the opportunity to catch up on the previous week’s activities. Now, the Week in Review gives our readers the opportunity to experience a week’s entries in one easy sitting. We hope you enjoy the latest addition to Blog30.

I feel most like myself when I have the opportunity to ply my old trade – get up and sing a tune – Sandi Durell, March 12

The last 20 years have been so caught up in work and single parenthood, that part of me just wants to get a sleeping bag, and a suitcase and just…well go. – Jessica Litwak, March 13

My most recent accomplishment is that in 18 months i have paid down $200,000 of my $250,000 deficit by renting my mainstage and studio theaters! Woo hooooo!!!! Yeah baby!! – Angelina Fiordellisi, March 14

If I tell you the one thing nobody knows about me, it won’t be any more, but I do like to dance in the aisles at Gristedes. – Nancy Ford, March 15

Where do you look for inspiration? It comes unannounced! – Mira J Spektor, March 16

Born in small town Iowa, I felt suffocated growing up. Ibsen made me believe I could be free and create life for myself. – Shirley Lauro, March 17

From the Archives:
During my four years of study with Joan and Bob, the co-ed theatre majors lived and worked as a company; playing small roles as freshmen, taking on the larger parts as we developed, in plays by Brecht, Shakespeare, Genet, Ionesco, Giraudoux, Albee and more. – Linda Chapman, January 4,

The nicest compliment a friend ever paid me was, “I know no one who appreciates more than you the little things in life”. – Dorothy Leeds, January 11

It sounds cliché, but I too want to help create a better world, one ticket buyer at a time. – Yvette Heyliger, January 18

Find Her

Blog30 Launches!
Introducing Team Blog30
Taking Memorial Day Weekend off
Summer Hiatus
Blog30 is Back!

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

Wendy Barrie-Wilson

Yvette Heyliger

Zanne Hall
Zoe (Corell) Kaplan

Week in Review, February 27 – March 4, 2012
Week in Review, March 5 – 11, 2012
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

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