JOANNE KOCH is professor of English and director of the graduate writing program at National-Louis University in Chicago, Dr. Koch is the author or co-author of ten nonfiction books, screenwriter of an Emmy winning television series and the creator or co-author of sixteen plays and musicals produced around the country, including American Klezmer, recently produced at the West Coast Theatre in Los Angeles, Stardust, just published by Dramatic Publishing and winner of the National Nantucket Short Play Competition, Safe Harbor, the true story of survival in Greece during the Holocaust, Sophie, Totie & Belle, a hit off-Broadway and across the East Coast, and Haymarket: footnote to a bombing, winner of the International Piscator Contest. Joanne Koch’s anthology of plays, Shared Stages: Ten American Dramas of Blacks and Jews, which includes the plays Driving Miss Daisy, Fires in the Mirror, I’m Not Rappaport, Medal of Honor Rag, and her own multicultural musical Soul Sisters, published by State University of New York Press, is now widely used in colleges around the country for courses in diversity, African American studies and Jewish studies (available on amazon.com.) Soul Sisters has toured to 30 universities and communities around the country. Joanne was featured on the cover of Today’s Chicago Woman as one of 100 women in Chicago making a difference through her writing and teaching.
"Stardust," Drama, One-Act (1W/1M).
Belle Barth: If I Embarrass You, Tell Your Friends, book by Joanne Koch, music by Ilya Levinson, lyrics by Owen Kalt. Musical, 1W/1M/piano accompaniment.
American Klezmer, book by Joanne Koch, music by Ilya Levinson, lyrics by Owen Kalt. Musical, 3W/5M/accompaniment.