Joanna H. Kraus: playwright/author

Joanna H. Kraus is an award-winning playwright of eighteen published and widely produced scripts throughout the United States, Canada, England, Belgium, Germany, Israel, Guam, and Australia, and an author of numerous short stories, children’s books, articles and reviews.


She’s been a reviewer and columnist for Common Sense Media and Downeast Coastal Press and currently still reviews children’s books for the East Bay News Group. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and the California Writers Club.


Joanna holds an Ed.D. from Columbia University, an M.A. from the University of California Los Angeles and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She is Professor Emeritus of Theatre and former Graduate Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Arts for Children program, College at Brockport, State University of New York. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Kraus conducts workshops and residencies in playwriting, and drama and the curriculum and brings to these her knowledge, experience and expertise in these areas. She also helps teachers, students and seniors appreciate and expand their own creativity, develop their communication skills, enhance their understanding of themselves and others and guides them in gathering insights on controversial issues.

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PROGRAMS AVAILABLE



WORKSHOPS


Drama and the Curriculum:

   • Drama Meets History

   • Drama and Children’s Writing

   • Drama and Literature


Playwriting

   • Characterization

   • Dialogue

   • Structure

   • Point of View


Workshop Related to a Specific Topic or an Individual Play


SPEECHES

How Does It Happen? From 

   • Page to Stage or Idea to Publication

   • Is it True?  Researching and Writing Biographies and Historical Fiction

   • Talk Back—Q&A after the show (Moderator required)


Also:

   • Playwright-in-Residence Programs

   • Plays to commemorate specific and significant historic events (by commission)

   • Play manuscript critique services




REPRESENTATIVE WORK


Commissions:

   • Collins Drama, London, England

   • Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington

   • Raleigh Little Theatre and the North Carolina Museum of History

   • The Honor of Humanity Project under the direction of

     National-Louis University in affiliation with the Avenue of the Righteous


Workshops, Speeches and Presentations:

   • New Play Project, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

   • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

   • New York University, New York, New York

   • Central School, Glencoe, Illinois

   • Rock Creek Elementary School, Rocklin, California

   • Centennial Elementary School, Bakersfield, California


Residencies:

   • Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

   • University of Texas, Austin

   • William G. Enloe High School, Raleigh, North Carolina


Professional Artists’ Colonies:

   • Leighton Studios, Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada (Scholarship)

   • Millay Colony, Austerlitz and Albany, New York (ESIPA Award)

   • YADDO, Saratoga Springs, New York


Awards:

   • First Place Winner, Beverly Hills Theatre Guild, Marilyn

     Hall Awards for Youth Theatre, Secrets (formerly, The Big Lie)

   • First Place Winner, Focus on Writers, Children’s Fiction,
     Remember My Name and Walk on Water

   • Winner, Unpublished Play Reading Project, Sunday Gold, American
     Alliance for Theatre and Education (AETE)

   • Distinguished Play Award, Secondary, Angel in the Night, AETE

   • Special Achievement Award, New York State Theatre Education Association

   • Winner, American Voices, New Play Reading Series, For The Glory. GeVa

   • First Prize Winner, IUPUI, Remember My Name

   • Creative Artists Public Service Fellowship, New York State Council on the
     Arts and National Endowment for the Arts

   • Charlotte B. Chorpenning Cup for Achievement in Playwriting, AETE


Listings in:

   • Contemporary Authors, Twentieth Century Children’s Writers, Who’s Who in America

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Joanna H. Kraus is an award-winning playwright of eighteen published and widely produced scripts throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Australia, and an author of numerous short stories, children’s books, articles and reviews.

Hello and welcome!

Please browse my website and click on the various sections above, and see below for my latest books and plays.

I’m excited to tell you about my new book, Blue Toboggan, recently published by Mascot Books, available at  

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and Mascot Books.

 

New Work

BLUE TOBOGGAN Illustrated by Chiara Savarese (Mascot Books)


When Danny loses his best friend, Will, his grief is overwhelming. But with the help of a sympathetic teacher and class, he discovers love and friendship don’t have to die, as long as he remembers.

 

The book is available to purchase here.

New Play: Me2

When 8th graders, Madison and Emily accidentally meet, they discover that they’re identical twins, separated at birth. But there’s one major difference. Emily is an honors math student. Madison is barely passing and she pressures Emily to take an important test for her.

The 45-minute script will tour several Utah classrooms, Spring 2017.

For further information, contact playwright.