Forum Speakers - Sandra Fenichel Asher & Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

The list of Forum speakers continues with two playwrights:

Sandra Fenichel Asher
Playwright and Author
Sandra Fenichel Asher's plays have been produced nationally and abroad; over two dozen have been published, including A Woman Called Truth, In the Garden of the Selfish Giant, and Jesse and Grace: A Best Friends Story, all of which received the AATE Distinguished Play Award. Sandy is also a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship grant in playwriting, the New England Theatre Conference’s Aurand Harris Award, the Joseph Campbell Memorial Award presented by the Open Eye Theater, AATE’s Charlotte Chorpenning Award for a distinguished body of work in children's theatre, and an Aurand Harris Fellowship grant from the Children's Theatre Foundation of America. Her work has been selected for the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Symposium, the Indiana Repertory Theatre/Bonderman National Playwriting Symposium, and NYU’s New Plays for Young Audiences workshop at the Provincetown Playhouse. Sandy is also the author of 25 books for young readers and editor of five fiction anthologies. Six of her plays are featured in Tell Your Story: The Plays and Playwriting of Sandra Fenichel Asher. Sandy is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Visit her website at

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
Playwright and Assistant Professor of Theatre Education,
University of Texas - Austin
Roxanne Schroeder-Arce currently serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre Education at the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance. Prior to her current appointment, she was Assistant Professor at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She also served as Assistant Professor at California State University Fresno. Schroeder-Arce received her M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin and her B.S. degree and teaching credential from Emerson College. Schroeder-Arce taught high school theatre in Texas for six years. She also served as Artistic and Education Director of Teatro Humanidad in Austin for several years. Her research interests include multi-cultural theatre education, issues of representation and Latino/a theatre for young audiences. Aside from her teaching, Schroeder-Arce is a director, performer, scholar and playwright. Her articles have been published in several scholarly journals in the USA and internationally. Her bilingual plays have been presented to children and youth in theatres around the USA. Her plays SeƱora Tortuga and Legend of the Poinsettia and Sangre de un Angel are published by Anchorage Press Plays, now Dramatic Publishing.