In 1959, I moved to Maryland with my husband Hal. After several years of teaching, directing, and producing, I was asked by Mr. Jim Rouse to create a theatrical arts school for the new city of Columbia. I was then I founded the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (CCTA) under the following mission statement:

“The CCTA Mission is to educate through the arts by creating theatrical experiences that inspire thought, action, creativity, and change. CCTA is also dedicated to making these experiences available and accessible to as many members of the community as possible with an emphasis on reaching and nurturing our children regardless of gender, race, ability, age, socioeconomic status or creed.”

To me this is not just a statement; it is my passion. I believe an individual’s growth is more important than the final product. This approach gives everyone an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.

“Perhaps my greatest achievement has been my 50 plus year marriage to Hal and raising my two children. Jeffrey is a lawyer residing in Olney with his wife and two sons and my daughter Mindy lives in Howard County with her husband, son and daughter. She is a guidance counselor with the Howard County School System and member of the crisis intervention team. 

I am filled with pride as I watch my children inspire my grandchildren through thought, action, creativity, change, and most of all their love and compassion for others.”

Work History:

1972- Founder, Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (to present)
1974- Visiting Professor, Catholic University (6 years)
1975- Producer & Director, U.S.O. Shows (3 years) Director, Wye Mills Summer Stock (3 years)
1976- Producer/Director, America Show for 1776 Hotel in Williamsburg, VA.
Producer/Director show for Wolf Trap Summer Children’s Program (to present)
Founder/Artistic Director, Toby’s Dinner Theatre (to present)
1979- Director, It’s A Wonderful Life national tour (developed at Toby’s Dinner Theatre)


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