ALICE EVE COHEN, writer and solo theatre artist

Signing at book launch

Presenting at AWP conference


Janet Charles Photography

Alice Eve Cohen in THE BALINESE FROG PRINCE: Janet Charles Photography


photographer: Sigrid Estrada

Events & Courses

2017

Jan-May: Playwriting from Personal Experience, at The New School, undergraduate Creative Writing Program

Jan: Received commission from Kitchen Theatre Company to write a 15 minute play for theatre festival about suffrage movement in New York State. To be produced at The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY

Ongoing: HOPE AND FEAR PROJECT: Record interviews of individuals about the new president.

Jan 30: playwright/​participant ARUNY, Artists Rise Up NY, first public performance at La Mama, in NYC. Artist group formed to protest the presidential election.

February 8-11, Panelist, AWP17 in DC (Associated Writers and Writing Programs) Conference. Very excited to be on these two panels, with these wonderful authors!
Moderator: "Can You Go Home Again?" with Gayle Brandeis, Julie Metz, and Christa Parravani.
Panelist: "Juggling from Within: The Art of Voice" with Helen Peppe, David Mura, Alice Eve Cohen, Sue William Silverman, and Suzanne Strempek Shea.

April 18: WRITER'S GYM Teacher Writing Workshop for the English faculty at LREI (Little Red School House & Elizabeth Irwin HS)

April-May: WRITER'S GYM - writing workshop series for high school students, at The Hudson Guild, in NYC (volunteer)

May 5, 7pm VoiceOver: Alice's screenplay WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW, adapted from her memoir, is a selection of the annual screenwriting series, produced by The School of Media Studies, The New School. Free and open to the public. Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, The New School, 55 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

May 16 & 17, premiere of Alice's new one-act play MRS. SATAN & THE NASTY WOMAN - - a time-traveling history play about Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president (in 1872), and Hillary Clinton - - at The Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, NY. Festival of plays about Suffrage movement in NY State.

Aug - Dec: teach at The New School, Creative Writing Program: PLAYWRITING FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE


2016

Jan-May 2016, Playwriting course, The New School, Wed, 8-10PM

February 19-20, Guest author, faculty, Desert Nights Creative Writing Conference in, Tempe, Arizona. Alice will teach 3 workshops: "Writing With All Five Senses," "One Story, Two Points of View: Writing from Multiple Perspectives," and "Writing Monologue: How Language Defines Character."

March 2016, Book Publication:"What I Thought I Knew and Other Plays by Alice Eve Cohen" by NoPassport Press. First published collection of 4 solo plays: What I Thought I Knew (adapted from her memoir), "Thin Walls," "Jessica's Cervix" and "The Play That Knows What You Want."

March 15, Raritan Valley Arts presents Alice Eve Cohen & Ilene Beckerman-- a literary conversation

Mar 30-Apr 2, AWP Conference, LA. Presenter: Panel on the Ethics of Writing about Family.

April 12: "When the Moon Fit in My Window" essay published in anthology, "The House That Made Me: Writers Reflect on the Places and People that Defined Them" published by SparkPress

May 10: Reading at Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn (DUMBO)

Aug 1-15: Fellowship at VCCA (Virginia Center for Creative Arts) artist residency

Aug 31-Dec 14: Course offerings: PLAYWRITING FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE and WRITERS GYM at The New School, Wednesday nights

October 25, THIN WALLS performance at RVCC Theatre (Raritan Valley, NJ)


2015

EVENTS 2015 /​ readings, performances, interviews

MARCH 31: THE YEAR MY MOTHER CAME BACK is published!. Hardcover (Algonquin Books), audiobook (Highbridge/​ Recorded books), eBook (Kindle, Nook)

March 31, 6pm; BOOK LAUNCH, The Corner Bookstore, NYC

Wed, April 8, 10:00am, "A Touch of Grey" radio show live interview

Wed, April 8, 6:00pm, "The Michael Dresser Show" radio show live interview

Fri, April 10, 4:30pm "Reading with Robin" radio show. Interview and giveaway of 2-3 copies of book to listeners. Show airs on AM 790 and I Heart Radio

April 27, 6:30 The New School Nonfiction Forum: Reading by Alice Eve Cohen moderated by Laura Cronk, assoc dir Writing Program, 66 W 12 St, room 510.

Sat, May 2, 5pm, The Golden Notebook (bookstore), Woodstock, NY

Thu, May 2, 7am - 3:30pm Radio Satellite Tour, interviews on programs in 16 cities across the United States

Fr, May 8, 7pm, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

Sat, May 15, Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg, MD

Tues, May 26, 4-6pm Jewish Book Council, meet the author event, NYC

Wed, May 27, 7pm, McNally Jackson bookstore, 52 Prince St, NYC
Abigail Thomas, Alice Eve Cohen, and Melissa Cistaro read from their new memoirs

JUNE 10-28 - Alice performs her solo show THIN WALLS at The Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY. Directed by Rachel Lampert, artistic director of The Kitchen Theatre http:/​/​www.kitchentheatre.org/​season.html

June 18, 5pm, Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca NY

August 3, 7pm; Alice Hoffman and Alice Eve Cohen, Jewish Week Literary event. Reading, conversation, signing, Rodeph Shalom, NYC

Sept 17-22, Artist in Residence, University of Michigan: Performance of THIN WALLS, theatre and writing classes.

Sept-Dec 2015, Wed nights: Alice teaches at The New School: WRITERS GYM (6pm) and PLAYWRITING FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE (8pm)

Dec 15, Tues, 8pm, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park S., NY, NY 10003

EVENTS, 2014
TEACHING - THE NEW SCHOOL, SCHOOL OF WRITING
Spring 2014: Playwriting from Personal Experience
Fall 2014: Writers Gym, multi-genre creative writing course
Fall 2014: Playwriting from Personal Experience
Performance & Readings
May, 2014, Reading at Judson Church - reproductive rights advocacy event
July 2014, Performance residency, Kehoe Theatre, Amherst MA, WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW

EVENTS, 2013
Fall semester: Playwriting and Solo Theater courses, The New School for Public Engagement
New book, in-progress, to be published by Algonquin Books (date TBA)
June 12-30, 2013 - Solo show, WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW, three-week mainstage production at The Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY
May 18, 2013 - Performance of WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW at Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY
March, 2013 - Solo Performances of "WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW", Raritan Valley Community College

PAST EVENTS, 2012
May: Guest author, Mayflower Inn and Spa
May: Writer in Residence, Frank McCourt High School, NYC
Sept: WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW, premieres @​Cherry Lane Theatre. All For One Festival of Solo Theatre.
Summer: Rehearsals for WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW, directed by Elizabeth Margid
October: book contract, for new memoir-in-progress - Algonquin Books

EVENTS, 2011
Jan-May, Playwriting from Personal Experience - course at The New School for Public Engagement
Jan 22-24, The Mayflower Inn & Spa, Washington, CT - three-day memoir workshop
November, 2011,UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, guest artist, Readings, performances, and workshops with Writing and Theatre Departments.
Fall,2011,Alice teaches Solo Theater and Playwriting from Personal Experience, at The New School for Public Engagement.
Sept 22-25, 2011, Austin Lakes Spa, Austin, TX: readings and workshops, "THREE SHORT WOMEN: THREE TALL (True)TALES" Memoirists Alice Eve Cohen, Julie Metz, Nancy Bachrach
July 27-Aug 19, 2011: Fellowship at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (3 week artist-in-residence)
July, 2011: Featured performer (music and text) for documentary film on pre-Columbian flutes and ocarinas, a project of the Museum of Natural History.
June, 2011: ENVISION RETREAT, Alice conducts arts residency with Voice and Vision Theatre Company, to develop new solo theatre work, based on WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW
April 10, 2011,2pm, Hudson Opera House,reading "THREE SHORT WOMEN: THREE TALL (True)TALES" Memoirists Alice Eve Cohen, Julie Metz, Nancy Bachrach
Tues, March 22, 8pm, National Arts Club, Manhattan. THREE SHORT WOMEN: THREE TALL (True)TALES.Reading,discussion,signing by memoirists Alice Eve Cohen, Julie Metz, Nancy Bachrach.
March 12, 2pm, Long Beach Library."THREE SHORT WOMEN: THREE TALL (True)TALES" Reading and discussion by memoirists Alice Eve Cohen, Julie Metz, Nancy Bachrach
March 14, 7pm, Harborfields Library, Greenlawn, Long Island."THREE SHORT WOMEN: THREE TALL (True)TALES" Reading and discussion by memoirists Alice Eve Cohen, Julie Metz, Nancy Bachrach
Feb 4, 6:30pm, THE BALINESE FROG PRINCE, solo performance by Alice Eve Cohen, to benefit UNICEF. P.S. 199, 70th St between Amsterdam and WEA, NYC. For family audiences. Details TBA

EVENTS, 2010
Dec 13, Reading and discussion at Sachem Library,Long Island. "THREE SHORT WOMEN: THREE TALL (True)TALES" Memoirists Alice Eve Cohen, Julie Metz & Nancy Bachrach
Sept 4, Reading and panelist at Spencertown Book Festival, NY
Sept to Dec 2010:. Alice teaches "Playwriting from Personal Experience" and "Solo Theatre" courses at The New School, NYC.
Playwriting on Wednesday nights, 8-9:50;
Solo theatre on Thurs nights, 9-10:50
What I Thought I Knew, optioned by Lifetime for Television Movie: screenwriter, Katie Ford. Schedule TBA
June 18, 7pm. Reading at PowerHouse Arena: paperback launch party for What I Thought I Knew, Perfection, and The Center of the Universe
June 15, 6pm. Reading of new work, The Writers Room. A Writers Room event
May 25. Paperback release, What I Thought I Knew
April 10. Reading & Panel Discussion, Empire State Book Festival, Albany
March 4. Reading & Discussion, Jewish Community Center in Manhattan
March 1. Reading and Discussion with med students and faculty, Stonybrook School of Medicine
Jan 29, 6:30pm.. Solo Performance of "The Parrot" for family audiences; benefit fundraiser for UNICEF, PS 199 auditorium, 70th St between Amsterdam and West End Avenue.

2009 Events
July 11. New York Times feature article on WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW
July 13. WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW in bookstores.
July 13. Interview on CBS The Early Show, and CBS online.
July 13. Essay published on wowOwow.com
July 15. Reading, signing, and reception at The Corner Bookstore, 1313 Madison Avenue (at 93rd St), NYC. 6:00pm. RSVP (212) 831-3554 or cornerbook@​aol.com
July 20. Interview for Writerscast.com
July-present:. 5-minute video performance WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW on Oprah.com and YouTube
July 22. Interview for Oprah.com
July 25. Interview on Live with Lisa Radio, CT
July 29. Interview on WNYC, The Leonard Lopate Show
September:. WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW optioned by Lifetime for a television movie
Sept 12. Teacher Workshop for TDF
Sept 14. Interview for Syrius Radio, spoken word show
Sept 15. Interview for The Hungry Reader, Mumbai, India
Sept 16. Author reading and discussion, Princeton, NJ
Sept 24. Interview for ABC News Now: Parenting with Annie Plechette Murphy
Oct 4. Author reading and discussion, Friends of the Larchmont Library, NY
Oct 5. Interview, Radio New Zealand, "Nine to Noon"
Oct 19. Reading & Performance at "Judy Blume and Friends," National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)35th Anniversary Celebration, NYC
Oct 21. Author reading and discussion, PS 199 Diversity Book Group
Nov 1. Panelist, San Francisco Jewish Book Festival, JCC SF
Nov 7-8. Solo theatre performance, The Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY
Dec 17. Reading and talk at National Arts Club, NYC
Dec Awarded Elle Lettres Grand Prix for Non-Fiction
Dec Selected by Salon.com Best Books of 2009


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March: WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW is "bestseller selection" on Facebook page, "Let's Make This Book a Bestseller."

Selected Works: Memoir; Solo Theater; Reviews and Articles; Teaching

Memoir
“A wry, magical memoir about the transcendent power of mother-daughter love.” —Elle "The Year My Mother Came Back is a perfect book." Abigail Thomas, bestselling author of A Three Dog Life
“Everything we love in a book -- profound, honest, hilarious, humane, surprising." Anne Lamott, Salon BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR" "Her darkly hilarious memoir, What I Thought I Knew (Viking), is an unexpected bundle of joy.” Oprah Magazine
Solo Theatre
Jane Chambers Award 2015 Honorable Mention. “A sold-out hit at the All For One Theatre Festival...Cohen’s performance is a constant, joyous amazement.” —Director, AFO Theatre Festival “So vivid, so immediate, so complex, so full of compassion, so brutally honest… This is what theater can be. All in one body—speaking, moving, falling still—and an audience, echoing each change.”—Tompkins Weekly, Ithaca, NY.
One building. A city in upheaval. A solo play about twelve lives colliding. "Gripping" New York Times “A little show, but with such a big, embracing heart.”
–The Guardian, London
“Spellbinding…Our audiences were enraptured.”DTW, Family Matters “It was probably the funniest show I have ever seen!”—Daniel, age 7
TEACHING
“She is a remarkable teacher. She helped me to find my artistic voice, and her course had a major impact on my life and my career.” —James Scruggs, playwright, performance artist.
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