K. J. Crane earned a BA in History, studied Drama and English in the Graduate Drama Department at Villanova University, and earned an MFA in Playwrighting from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She has acted and directed, chairing Drama departments in New York and Washington, DC on the high school and college level. She worked with the National Theatre of the Deaf at the Eugene O’Neill Conference in Waterford, Connecticut. She has had two of her full-length plays staged at the experimental theatre at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In December of 2010, The Fells Point Theatre in Baltimore produced a scene from her full-length play, GREGOR MENDEL in it’s Eight Scenes Productions, and in April, she had a staged reading of GREGOR MENDEL at The Lambs in New York City under the aegis of the Oberon Theatre Ensemble. Her screen play, THE KNIGHTHOOD OF MAC STEINER, was awarded Second Place in the international HOLIDAY PLAY COMPETITION in 2010, and it was a quarter finalist in the INTERNATIONAL CINESTORY COMPETITION in 2011. She has worked as a relief worker in war torn countries of Iraq, Bosnia, Guatemala and Haiti for twenty years, and co-authored a documentary of the Gulf War, CHILDREN OF THE CRADLE, which won the Long Island’s Film Festival’s ‘Best Documentary Award’ in 1993. She has been Drama Critic for the Westender in Hartford, Connecticut and currently critiques plays for the Oberon Theatre Ensemble in New York City. She is the Director of The Children’s Scholarship Fund for Girls. She is a member of the Playwright’s Forum of Washington, DC and the Dramatist’s Guild of America.
The current production of Arms and the Man at Constellation Theatre seems to validate Shaw’s view that nothing works as the romantics say it should. The play is set during the Serbo-Bulgaria... Read more