MFA Faculty Mentors
Charlene A. Donaghy
BiographyCHARLENE A. DONAGHY’s plays have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, New Orleans, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Memphis, and in other cities around the United States, with recognition in Great Britain and Canada. Charlene’s play, The Quadroon and the Dove, is currently under Broadway option with NYC’s Madison Square Productions. Her collection of plays, Bones of Home and Other Plays, is available via Hansen Publishing Group, Amazon, Barnes & Noble. 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 publications include Best American Short Plays (3x), 25*10 Minute Plays for Teens, Estrogenius (2x), In the Eye, Louisiana Literary Journal, and Mad River Review. Her recognitions and awards include international finalist for Great Britain's North American Actors Association Playreading Award, nominee for the National Partners in American Theatre Playwriting Award, a two-time John Cauble national semi-Finalist, a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award, a finalist for Canada's Bottle Tree Productions, and other accolades. Charlene is Festival Director for the Warner International Playwrights Festival, Producing Director for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, and Producer of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's Award of Excellence in Playwriting. She teaches in the University of Nebraska Omaha's MFA in Writing program and University of Nebraska Omaha's Department of Theatre. Charlene is the Connecticut Regional Representative, and member, of The Dramatists Guild of American. She is a member of The Playwrights Center, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, New York City’s 9th Floor Playwrights’ Collective, and she is a founding member of Boston’s Proscenium Playwrights.
“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 playwright you have the joy of knowing words live not only on the page but come alive, breathe, and twist on the stage with language, song, ideas, and spectacle. You can create anything! We will work together, in the true collaborative nature that is theatre, 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 dramatist.
"My real-world theatre and production experience adds invaluable levels of education and writing development for my students. I write every day, energized by my place in theatre 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.
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