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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’s a link to an 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 most recently, 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 2018 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.  I’m now looking for an Authors for Earth Day school to visit in the 2018-2019 school year.  Interested?  Please send me an email!

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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

 

 

January 12, 2017 — first official KPETS Therapy Dog visit to the Lancaster Public Library  with Gracie!img_0666

January 25, 2017 — creative writing workshop, McCaskey High School, Lancaster, PA.

February 10, 2017 — First-ever Reading Dog visit at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School with Gracie.

February 16, 2017 — First-ever Reading Dog visit at Carter & MacRae Elementary School with Gracie.

February 17, 2017 — Reading Dog visit, King Elementary.

February 23, 2017 — Reading Dog visit, Carter & MacRae Elementary.

February 25, 2017 — Picture book writing workshop with CHICKEN STORY TIME illustrator Mark Fearing and editor Lucia Monfried for SCBWI-Oregon.  https://oregon.scbwi.org/events/picture-this-picture-book-intensive/

February 26, 2017 — book signing with CHICKEN STORY TIME illustrator Mark Fearing at Green Bean Books, Portland, OR, 11 a.m.  Everyone welcome!

February 27, 2017 — after school program at West Linn Public Library, West Linn, OR, with CHICKEN STORY TIME illustrator Mark Fearing at 4 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

February 28, 2017 — three elementary school visits in the Portland, OR, area with CHICKEN STORY TIME illustrator Mark Fearing, orchestrated by Barnes and Noble.

March 2 – 5, 2017 — I’ll be at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT, for classroom visits, a workshop, and performances of “Once, in the Time of Trolls,” including the following:

*Friday, noon visit with Theatre for Children and Youth Class, 

* Friday, 7:30 p.m. public performance of “Trolls,” and 8:30 p.m. post-show discussion,

* Saturday, morning workshopping of “Stuff:  A Curious Collection,”

* Saturday, 4 p.m. master class with Young Playwrights for Change,

* Saturday, 7:30 p.m. public performance of “Trolls,” and 8:30 p.m. post show discussion.

March 8, 2017 — A repeat performance of “New Choices . . . New Beginnings . . .,” my Readers Theater piece about the women of New Choices Career Development, will be featured at the International Women’s Day celebration, Thaddeus Stevens College, Lancaster.  There are free and open to the public events all day.  The reading will take place at 6 p.m. and lasts about an hour.  Also free and open to the public.  

March 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2017 — Reading Dog visits, Carter & MacRae Elementary, Lancaster, PA

March 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2017 — Reading Dog visits, Martin Luther King Elementary, Lancaster, PA

March 18, 2017 — Gracie makes her debut Reading Dog appearance at Lancaster Public Library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Registration suggested.  lpl-read-to-gracie-the-dog

March 19, 2017 — “Yom Choice” writing workshops at Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, Lancaster, PA.

April 3, 2017 — Story-sharing workshop for New Beginnings at the Lancaster County Prison.

April 7, 21, and 28, 2017 — Reading Dog visits with Gracie at Martin Luther King Elementary School, Lancaster, PA.

April 11 – 12, 2017 —  An “Authors for Earth Day” visit to Moreland Hills Elementary School in Pepper Pike, OH.  See http://authorsforearthday.org for info on these events.

April 20, 27, 2017 — Reading Dog visits with Gracie at Carter & MacRae Elementary School, Lancaster, PA

April 22, 2017 — Reading Dog Day with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Free and open to the public.

April 30, 2017 — I’ll be the guest story-teller, reading CHICKEN STORY TIME, at the inaugural Books and Baseball fund raiser for Lancaster Public Library at Clipper Stadium, home of the Lancaster Barnstormers.  

May 1, 2017 — Story-sharing workshop for New Beginnings, Lancaster County Prison.

May 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2017 — Reading Dog visits, Carter & MacRae Elementary, Lancaster, PA

May 5, 12, & 26, 2017 — Reading Dog visits with Gracie at Martin Luther King Elementary School, Lancaster, PA.

May 20, 2017 —  10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Reading Dog Day with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library.  

Also on May 20, 1017 — Off to Philadelphia to join other area authors and illustrators for a Children’s Book Festival at Big Blue Marble Books, 551 Carpenter Lane — close to my old Mt. Airy neighborhood!  2 – 6 p.m.

June 1 & 8, 2017 — Reading Dog visits with Gracie at Carter & MacRae Elementary School, Lancaster, PA.

June 2 & 9, 2017 — Reading Dog visits with Gracie at Martin Luther King Elementary School, Lancaster, PA.

June 6, 2017 — I’ll be giving brief opening comments at the 100+ Women Who Care meeting, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Tellus360.  Free and open to the public. http://www.100womenwhocare-lancaster.com/how-it-works.html.

June 22, 2017 — Summer reading series program at Schlow Library, State College, PA, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.  Books will be available for purchase and autographing.

June 24, 2017 — Reading Dog Day with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Free and open to the public.

July 15, 2017 — Reading Dog Day with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Free and open to the public.

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.  Tickets now on sale:  https://marylandensemble.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0S50000007eFenEAE

July 27, 28, 29, 2017 — Performances of “STUFF! A Curious Collection” by Creative Works of Lancaster at 6 Ward Park, Lancaster, PA, at 7 p.m.  Free and open to the public.  Bring the family!

August 1, 2017 — Panel presentation and screening of “Death Valley: A Love Story” at the Creativity and Madness Conference, Santa Fe, NM.  Full information at http://www.creativityandmadness.com/creativity-and-madness-july-31-august-4-2017

August 2 – 6 , 2017 — American Alliance for Theatre and Education conference, New Orleans, LA.  I’ll be 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.  Full information at http://www.aate.com/2017-aate-national-conference

August 19, 2017 — Reading Dog Day with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free and open to the public.

September 16, 2017 — Reading Dog Day with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free and open to the public.

October 7, 2017 — SCBWI – Eastern PA workshop on writing poetry for young readers, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Lancaster Public Library.  I’ll be presenting along with verse novelist Linda Oatman High and editor Paula Morrow.  Watch the SCBWI-EPA website for upcoming registration info.

October 28, 2017 — Reading Dog Day with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Free and open to the public.

November 9, 2017 — The stage version of CHICKEN STORY TIME opens at Pollyanna Theatre in Austin, TX.  More at http://www.pollytheatre.org/parents-2/play-and-play-series/

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.

March ?, 2018 — The 50th anniversary gathering of the Children’s Literature Festival, Warrensburg, MO.  Details TBA.

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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