I’ve studied race, history, and culture at Stanford (A.B.) and Northwestern (PhD) Universities and taught at Cornell, Dickinson and Franklin & Marshall for over a decade.  Almost 15,000 folks have seen my plays, participated in my webinars and online courses, or completed my unique blend of compassion and justice workshops and trainings.  I founded and ran Theatre for Transformation, a professional theatre company for six years.

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I’ve been called a “Master Teacher” because of my ability to engage multi-generational audiences.  Yale School of Music Professor and jazz legend Willie Ruff has described me and my husband violinist Michael Jamanis as “two people in the grips of a new idea.”

I’ve received the:

  • John Gardner Fellowship, Stanford University
  • People United to Save Humanity (PUSH) Award
  • YWCA of Lancaster Racial Justice Award
  • NAACP Lancaster Civic Award
  • Grants & Awards from the Penn Council on the Arts
  • Penn Humanities Council
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship