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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.

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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 . . .

Among my favorite road trips are visits to schools in conjunction with the Authors for Earth Day project.  Here are reports on the three I’ve done so far, with more to come, I hope!  http://www.authorsforearthday.org/sandy-asher.html

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Demonstrating an “arabesque” while reading STELLA’S DANCING DAYS to first graders at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Lancaster, PA, my 2018 Authors for Earth Day event.

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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!

In February, 2019,  Gracie and I celebrated our two-year anniversary as a KPETS Therapy Dog team with weekly Reading Dog visits to Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and Carter & MacRae Elementary School, and monthly visits to the Lancaster Public Library.  Visits continue throughout the year.

 

 

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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.  Here’s a link to the full performance via YouTube: https://youtu.be/eHqbRV3ZQ3Q.

September 7, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. and September 8, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Performances of “Princess Bee and the Royal Good-Night Story” at Lancaster Public Library.  Free and open to the public; suitable for preschool and up.  Donations accepted to benefit the Lancaster Public Library Children’s Reading Room.

September 27, 2018 — Life-story sharing writing workshop at Milagro House, Lancaster, PA.

October 31, 2018 — Life-story sharing writing workshop at New Choices Career Development, Lancaster, PA.

November 28, 2018 — class interview visit with 1st graders at King Elementary School.

December 10, 2018 — ZOOM visit with Professor John Newman’s Theatre for Young Audiences class at Utah Valley University.  They’ll be doing scenes from my play “Welcome Home, Bear!” as their final exam.

December 21, 2018 — “Share-a-Story” Day at King Elementary School.  I’ll be reading an excerpt from TEDDY TEABURY’S FABULOUS FACT to 3rd and 4th grade classes.

January 1, 2019 — launch of my new project, “It Happened at the Library.”  Lancaster County school children, K – 12, and their families, classes, clubs, and groups are invited to contribute writing and artwork for a book, play, and display to launch at a Lancaster Public Library event — “A Library Happening” — on Saturday, December 7, 2019, 1 – 4 p.m..  I’m currently and very happily at work editing the book of submitted work and creating a play inspired by some of the students’ stories.  See December 7 for culminating event, “A Library Happening.”

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

February 7, 2019 — A visit to King Elementary School with director Anne Meeder to introduce 1st graders to “Welcome Home, Bear!” and get them started making flowers and other props that will be used in the April 5 – 6 performances.

February 12 – March 19, 2019 — I’ll be teaching an on-line course on writing plays for young audiences for the Dramatists Guild Institute.  Class meets via ZOOM on consecutive Tuesday evenings, 8-10 p.m., EST.

March 1, 2019 — “Read Across America Day” at Carter and MacRae Elementary School.

April 5 – 6, 2019 — Performances of “Welcome Home, Bear!” at the Lancaster Public Library.  

April 7, 2019 — Encore reading of “For We Were Strangers in the Land” at Tellus360.  

April 15, 2019 — I’ll be reading TOO MANY FROGS at Lancaster Cupcake’s story hour at 10 a.m.  Open to the public.  

August 2 – 6, 2019 — I’ll be in NYC attending the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s annual conference and leading the “Hidden Treasures” session and the meeting of the Theatre for Young Audiences Network.  I’ll also be honored with the Sara Spencer Artistic Achievement Award for lifetime contribution to the field of theatre for young audiences.  Details at http://aate.com.

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Onstage at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre in New York City for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s awards ceremony, August 5, 2019

August 9, 2019 — I’ll be reading CHICKEN STORY TIME at Lancaster Cupcake’s story hour at 10 a.m.  Open to the public.  Books available for purchase and autographing.

September 7, October 5, November 9, December 21 — Reading Dog days with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library, 10:30 a.m.  Sign up at the librarian’s desk!

September 21, 2019 — I’ll present the keynote and lead discussions at SCBWI-EPA’s Storyboard Renaissance at the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Courtyard by Marriott.  Details at https://epa.scbwi.org.

October 25 – 27, 2019 — Opening weekend of “Death Valley: A Love Story” at Springfield Contemporary Theatre in Springfield, MO.  Details at http://springfieldcontemporarytheatre.org.

November 6, 2019 — “Meet the Author” presentation at the Iris Club, Lancaster, PA.

December 7, 2019, 1 – 4 p.m., “A Library Happening, ” the culminating event of the “It Happened at the Library” project, featuring the debut of a new book, stage presentation, and display created from the writing and artwork of Lancaster County students, who will be on hand for a group autographing.  At Lancaster Public Library.  Free and open to the public.

 

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