Sunday, October 18, 2009

Me and Ms. PJ Gibson

When I was in graduate school I met the most amazing playwright. She was a great inspiration. It was wonderful to meet Ms. Gibson because my mentor, Dr. Jones, assigned so many projects that revolved around her work.
It was wonderful to finally meet the genius behind the work. I remember having lunch and going shopping with Ms. Gibson. She gave me wonderful suggestions on my writing and my writing process that I use even today.

If you are ever in New York and have the opportunity to see one of her plays, take it from me, GO SEE IT!

Want to know more about Ms. PJ Gibson? See below.

Enjoy Life!

P.J. GIBSON holds a M.F.A in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University and a B.A. in Drama, Religion and English from Keuka College. To date she has written over thirty plays, Long Time Since Yesterday has alone had upwards of sixty productions, her other works have been presented throughout the United States, Europe and Africa. A published writer, Ms. Gibson also has numerous poems and short stories to her credit. She has been the recipient of many honors including the Audelco VIV Pioneer Award, the National Black Theatre Festival's August Wilson Playwright Award; the Bushfire Theatre of Performing Arts Seventh Annual "Walk of Fame" where her signature and hand print is imprinted in their Sidewalk of Fame, a Shubert Fellowship, a playwriting grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, two prestigious Audelco Awards, two PSC-CUNY Research Award grants and six playwriting commissions. She was the Celebrated Playwright at The Ensemble Studio Theatre's Going To The River 2003 festival, and will receive the honor of being included in the Hatch-Billiops Collection Inc. Artist and Influence program in the spring of 2004. Ms. Gibson's plays and poetry performances have been presented throughout the United States, Europe and Africa. In addition to her writing Ms. Gibson is an Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She has been an Artist In Residence at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a Proclamation from the city of Trenton, New Jersey and a Key To The City from Indianapolis, Indiana.