Brown Cardwell

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Brown Cardwell worked for many years in theatre and film in the Washington/ Baltimore/ New York areas.  Original plays, dance concerts, and cabaret work have been seen at the Washington Theatre Festival, the Source Theatre, d.c. space, The Helen Hayes Gallery of the National Theatre, the Pavilion, the Western Plaza Performance Project, and the Wolftrap International Children’s Festival. She served as Artistic Director of Panda Productions Inc. of Washington, DC and Northern Virginia.

Writing credits include work-for-hire industrial videos and stage productions.  A children’s story “Lancelot, the Docile Ocelot” appeared in Children’s Playmate and a short story “The Trainman” was published in The Kit-Cat Review.  Stage plays include Time Files, showcased by The Source Theatre Company of Washington, DC, and produced by Love Creek Productions in New York City; and The Book Club, staged in the Washington National Theatre Festival.  Book musicals are Reflections on the Heart of a Woman (composer Maureen Codelka), seen at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; Waiting for Lenny (composer Norman Weiss) produced at The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and included in the 29th Annual Samuel French Festival of Short Plays in 2004.  The short story “Shanazi” was a finalist in the 2003 Moondance International Film Festival. Two novels include Jericho (Panda Press) and The Scroll of the Fourth Wise Man (First Editions Press).

Ms. Cardwell’s works continue to win in national competitions. Most recently, two works received place prizes in the Writer’s Digest 84th annual writing contest: she took fourth place for her short story “Edith” and 7th for her stage play Ben’s Place.

She served on the Boards of the Actors Center of Washington and American Women in Film (AFI-Kennedy Center), and is a past member of both the BMI Lehman Engle Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop and the BMI Librettist Workshop in New York City.  Guild and union memberships included AFTRA, Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, the Playwrights’ Forum of Washington, the Dramatist Guild of America, and the Paris Writers’ Workshop.

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