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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.

Students at West Virginia Wesleyan University take off on their tour of

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 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 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

 

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Our official KPETS ID tag photo!

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.  Visits will continue on Fridays during the school year.

February 16, 2017 — First-ever Reading Dog visit at Carter & MacRae Elementary School with Gracie.  Visits will continue on Thursdays during the school year.

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 — 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.  

March 18, 2017 — Gracie makes her debut Reading Dog appearance at Lancaster Public Library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Visits will continue monthly, year-round.lpl-read-to-gracie-the-dog

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.

April 30, 2017 — 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 20, 1017 — Off to Philadelphia to join other area authors and illustrators for a Children’s Book Festival at Big Blue Marble Books — close to my old Mt. Airy neighborhood! 

June 6, 2017 — Opening comments at the 100+ Women Who Care meeting, Tellus360.  http://www.100womenwhocare-lancaster.com

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

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.

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

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 18-20, 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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