Charlene A. Donaghy
Charlene A. Donaghy
- Fiction and Stage & Screen Mentor
- MFA in Writing
CHARLENE A. DONAGHY is the author of Bones of Home and Other Plays, published by Hansen Publishing Group. Her plays, monologues, and fiction works have been published in Best American Short Plays (3x), Estrogenius Celebration of Female Voices (2x), Best Ten-Minute Plays, 25 *10 Minute Plays for Teens, In the Eye, Louisiana Literary Journal, and Mad River Review (2x), among other publications. Charlene’s plays have been produced and awarded across the United States, from New York to Los Angeles, and in Great Britain and Canada. Of her writing, Pulitzer & Tony Award Winning Playwright Doug Wright states: “With plays that are intoxicating and mysterious, Donaghy has a gift for finding the truth that lurks below our eccentricities.” Charlene’s international and nationals recognitions and awards include Great Britain's North American Actors Association Playreading Award, National Partners in American Theatre Playwriting Award, Canada's Bottle Tree Productions, John Cauble Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award, and other accolades. Charlene is Festival Director for the Warner International Playwrights Festival, Producing Director for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, and Co-Founder of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's Award of Excellence in Playwriting. She teaches at the University of Nebraska Omaha's MFA in Creative Writing, as well as UNO’s Department of Theatre. She is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America (past Regional Representative), The Playwrights’ Center, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, New York City’s 9th Floor Collective, and she is a founding member of Boston’s Proscenium Playwrights. Charlene holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Stage & Screen and Fiction.
“Make Voyages! Attempt them! There’s nothing else!” So writes Tennessee Williams and I completely agree. Every student is on a voyage, and everything I do as an educator is to encourage you to find your voice, muse, self, bliss, fun, and fulfillment in your art and craft. As a writer you have the joy of knowing words live both on the page and also come alive, breathe, and twist on the stage and on screen with language, song, ideas, and spectacle. You can create anything! We will work together, in true collaborative nature, through discussion, question, thought, and imagination. We will embolden you to develop critical writing and reading skills to express your art and to revel in the heart of who you are as a writer.
"My real-world stage, screen, fiction, publication, and production experiences add invaluable levels of education and writing development for my students. I write every day, energized by my place in our art, whether a first draft or a fiftieth because, eventually, everything comes together, and the voyage is as wondrous as the destination. My teaching philosophy is about that world where craft, practice, and thought mingle with individuality, exploding into something rewarding to the writer and moving to readers and audiences. Finally, I hope that my students recognize my enthusiasm for this voyage that we travel together: there’s nothing else!”
Charlene A. Donaghy and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.