As actor and playwright Arlene views her solo work as an artistic extension of the social justice work she has been committed to for the last twenty-five years. plays include: A LITTLE BIT NOT NORMAL; FULL DISCLOSURE, AIMING FOR SAINTHOOD; KICKING THE HABIT; JFK AND ME; WHAT DOES THE SUN SOUND LIKE. Short Plays Include: DEAF SANTA, OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE, INTERROBANG; SILENCED, IN A DIFFERENT VOICE.
As a solo artist her plays have been produced; In Chicago; Victory Gardens, Pritizker Pavillion, Millennium Park, Live Bait, 16th Street Theater. In LA; HBO Workspace, West Coast Ensemble, Blue Sphere Alliance, Ojai Theater 150 as well as Nationally including; St Louis Center of Contemporary Art, National Center On Deafness, Minneapolis Arts Center, Palmdale Cultural Arts Center, Chicago Street Theater, Riverside Performing Arts Center, UCLA, National OrganizationTheater Educators, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Las Vegas Performing Arts Center, and colleges nationwide. These works are an exploration of disability in our culture through the lens of her family’s and her own disability. Her short plays have produced at Chicago One Minute Play Festival, United Kingdom’s UK-60 Festival and NY Playsmiths Theater Company.
Arlene is recipient 3Arts/UIC Department of Disability and the Arts Fellowship 2015-2016. Her solo work has been honored with an LA Theater Ovations Award, LA Garland Award and LA Weekly Award. Her work has been chosen for as a finalist Chicago’s Fine Print Theater Festival, finalist in the New Plays From the Heartland and a semi-finalist Blue Ink Award from American Blues Theater. She has been nominated for a 3 Arts award in 2009 and 2014. Two of her solo works have been commissioned by 16th Street Theater, Berwyn Il.
As an actor Arlene has appeared in the word premiere of “The Music of the Spheres” at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago premiere of Love Person at the Victory Gardens and Pancake Breakfast with the New Colony. Favorite roles in LA include “Lovers and Other Strangers”, “Chapter Two”, “The Crucible”, “Marty,“One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest”, and the critically acclaimed “In A Different Voice”Television credits include: CSI, ER, The Division , The Practice, X Files, Any Day Now,, and the CBS movie, Sweet Nothing in My Ear. As a spoken word artist she has performed In Chicago: Victory Gardens, Story Sessions, This Much Is True, 2nd Story, Here Chicago, Thats All She Wrote, Tuesday Funk, Story Club, In LA: at Tasty Words and Word Nerd. Her work appears in Paramanu Pentaquark, and En Posse Review and “Women Of Letters Anthology” by Penguin Press.
As a Teaching Artist Arlene has taught at Victory Gardens, AEA Workshops, SF Comedy College, Rosewood Arts Center LA and College of the Canyons CA, and Master Classes at conferences, story festivals and colleges nationally. Arlene has developed the “Solo Show and Storytelling” curriculum for Chicago Dramatists Theater where she teaches regularly.