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Sometimes I’m “on the road” without leaving home . . . 

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“Maggie” in my play “In the Garden of the Selfish Giant” as interpreted by the Aberdour Players Youth Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, August 9, 2016.

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Annie Montgomery as Ilga in my play “Walking Toward America,” which set a record of six performances at the 2015 United Solo Festival in NYC,  September – October, 2015.

 Encore performances of “Walking Toward America” will be presented at Springfield Contemporary Theatre in Springfield, MO, on January 5 – 14, 2018.  See http://springfieldcontemporarytheatre.org for more information.

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Students at West Virginia Wesleyan University take off on their tour of “The Wolf and Its Shadows,” April, 2015.

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Here are the Children’s Theater of Charlotte’s Tarradiddle Players touring their production of “Too Many Frogs” in southeastern states during the 2013-2014 school year.

Here, I’m being interviewed by Van, an Austin Library puppet, before my trip there to see the stage version of CHICKEN STORY TIME performed by Pollyanna Theatre Company:  

Here’s a link to a recent blog interview by Adam Szymkowicz:  http://aszym.blogspot.com/2017/08/i-interview-playwrights-part-977-sandy.html?spref=fb.  I’m #977 in his planned total of 1000 playwrights!

And here’s an earlier email interview by Lindsay Bandy on PennPoints, the blog of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Eastern PA chapter: http://easternpennpoints.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/a-cafe-chat-with-author-and-playwright-sandy-asher-by-lindsay-bandy/ . . .

And an article after a phone interview by Lancaster newspaper reporter Joan Kern: http://lancasteronline.com/features/all-hail-the-children-s-laureate-city-resident-has-duty/article_9549da1e-b7c6-11e4-94dc-47312c9c8790.html.

And an interview in the Lancaster newspaper by Jane Holahan: http://lancasteronline.com/features/entertainment/meet-sandy-asher-who-brings-together-the-stories-of-women/article_8b025012-8674-11e6-a9a0-b757fcb52b57.html.

But I do love to travel . . .

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My 2017 Authors for Earth Day (http://authorsforearthday.org) visit to Moreland Hills Elementary School in Cleveland, OH, resulted in a donation in the school’s honor to LaMancha Animal Rescue, Coatesville, PA.

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Here I am in Portland, OR, in February, 2017, visiting an elementary school with CHICKEN STORY TIME illustrator Mark Fearing.  This was the first time I’d ever met one of my illustrators in person — and I couldn’t have asked for a more delightful one to meet!  

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With student writers at Reamstown Elementary, where I met with eighteen K-5th grade classes over several days.

A hoppy gathering in Elizabethtown!

A hoppy gathering in Elizabethtown, PA

Creating an Add-a-Line Story at Lancaster Country Day School.

Creating an Add-a-Line Story at Lancaster Country Day School. This was my first “Authors for Earth Day” school visit.  Half my fee was donated to an earth-friendly charity voted on by the students, in this case, The Wolf Sanctuary of PA.  See more at http://www.authorsforearthday.org.

 

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Introducing CHICKEN STORY TIME to 1st graders at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Lancaster

 

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Our official KPETS ID tag photo!

February, 2017 — February, 2018  Gracie and I are celebrating our one year anniversary as a KPETS Therapy Dog team with Reading Dog visits at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Carter & MacRae Elementary School, and the Lancaster Public Library.  Visits continue throughout the year.

February 25 – 28, 2017 — Picture book writing workshop with CHICKEN STORY TIME illustrator Mark Fearing and editor Lucia Monfried for SCBWI-Oregon, plus library, book store, and school visits.

 

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March 2 – 5, 2017 — At Utah Valley University in Orem, UT, for classroom visits, a workshop, and performances of “Once, in the Time of Trolls.”

March 8, 2017 — A repeat performance of “New Choices . . . New Beginnings . . .,” my Readers Theater piece about the women of New Choices Career Development at the International Women’s Day celebration, Thaddeus Stevens College, Lancaster.  

June 22, 2017 — Summer reading series program at Schlow Library, State College, PA, 

July 22 and 29, 2017 — Rehearsed readings of the stage version of “Death Valley: A Love Story” in Frederick, MD, as part of the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s 2017 METLab Festival.  

July 27, 28, 29, 2017 — Performances of “STUFF! A Curious Collection” by Creative Works of Lancaster at 6 Ward Park, Lancaster, PA.

August 1, 2017 — Panel presentation and screening of the film version of “Death Valley: A Love Story” at the Creativity and Madness Conference, Santa Fe, NM.  

August 2 – 6 , 2017 — American Alliance for Theatre and Education conference, New Orleans, LA.  Participating in a reading of other playwrights’ scripts and presenting a snippet of my own “Princess Bee and the Royal Good-night Story” in the Playwrights Slam.  http://www.aate.com

September 26, 2017 — Life story-sharing workshop in Lancaster County Prison for New Choices Career Development.

October 7, 2017 — SCBWI – Eastern PA Poetry Day workshop, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Lancaster Public Library.  I’ll be presenting along with verse novelist Linda Oatman High and editor Paula Morrow.  https://epa.scbwi.org/events/poetry-day-in-lancaster-pa/.

October 30, 2017 — Life story-sharing workshop for New Choices Career Development, Lancaster, PA.

November 8 – 11, 2017 — I’ll be in Austin, TX for the opening weekend of performances of CHICKEN STORY TIME at Pollyanna Theatre in Austin, TX.  More at http://www.pollytheatre.org/parents-2/play-and-play-series/

November 16, 2017 — Author visits to two primary schools and evening Literacy Fair in the Lebanon County School District, PA.

December 5, 2017 — Life story-sharing workshop for New Beginnings at the Lancaster County Prison.

December 6, 2017 — creative writing workshop, McCaskey High School, Lancaster, PA.

December 20, 2017 — Share-A-Book Day at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.

January 13, 2018 — 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Reading Dog Day with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library.  Sign up at the Children’s Reading Room desk.  First come, first served.

February 11, 2018 — Presentation of my Readers Theater piece, “Stand Up for a Child: The CASA Project” at Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, benefitting Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster.  Details to follow.

February 17, 2018 — 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Reading Dog Day with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library.  Sign up at the Children’s Reading Room desk.  First come, first served.

February 28, 2018 — A half-day visit with Highland Elementary School students in Camp David, PA, to kick off their Read Across America celebration.

March 1, 2018 — Launch date for American Theatre for the Very Young: A Digital Festival, to be hosted on Vimeo.  I’m co-chair and recipient of a developmental grant from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America in support of this exciting new project.  Details to follow.

March 2, 2018 — Read Across America visit to a classroom at Carter & MacRae Elementary school, Lancaster.

March 17, 2018 — 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Reading Dog Day with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library.  Sign up at the Children’s Reading Room desk.  First come, first served.

April 4 – 6 — Writing Plays for Young Audiences workshop for the Dramatists Guild, New York City.  Details soon.

April 27, 2018 — My annual Authors for Earth Day visit, this time with students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Lancaster, PA.

May 4, 2018 — Presentation of my Readers Theatre piece, “For We Were Strangers in the Land,” at the Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, benefitting Church World Service. Details to follow.

June 2 – 9, 2018 — Performances of CHICKEN STORY TIME on tour by Theatre for the Young, Eastern Michigan University.  Details to follow.

January 4 – 6, 2019 — American Alliance for Theatre and Education symposium, “American Theatre for the Very Young: A Digital Series Goes Live!” at the Ware Center, Lancaster, Pa.  Details TBA.

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