Selected Theatrical Productions 

Duck (directed by Katrin Hilbe) IRT Theater, NY
La Bestia: Sweet Mother (Dance/Theatre directed by Tom Block; choreography by J. Chen) Wild Project, NY
What Remains of the Day (directed by Talia Feldberg) Dirty Blondes 24-hour Play Festival, Kraine Theater, NY
Reunion (directed by Dylan Murphy) Complete Theatre Company, Producer’s Club, NY
Things Gently Laid to Rest (directed by Molly van der Molen) Jack Bauer Theatre Festival, Wild Project, NY
  Supreme Solution (directed by Tom Block), Act One: One Act Festival, Secret Theater, NY
2017 Duck (directed by Clare Shaffer), Highwood Theater, MD
  Sub Basement (directed by Hunter Bird), IRT Theater, NY
  The Debate (directed by Linda Lombardi), Act Out: Fake News, The Pinch Theater, DC
2016 The Debate (directed by Melissa Skirboll), The President's Plays 10-minute play festival, Urban Stages, NY
2015 La Bestia: Sweet Mother (directed by Suzanne Karpinski), Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, HERE Arts Center, NY
  Emission (directed by Pitr Strait), Dream Up Festival, Theater for the New City, NY
  Emission (directed by Kristin Skye Hoffmann), Dixon Place, NY
  The Interview (10-minute play, directed by Tom Block), Secret Theatre, NY
  Transparency (10-minute play, directed by Tom Block), Equity Library/Piney Fork Theater Festival, NY
  Aubergine (10-minute play, directed by Suzanne Karpinski), Player’s Theatre Short Play Festival, NY
  Aubergine (10-minute play, directed by Suzanne Karpinski), Athena Theatre's 10-minute Play Festival, Theatre Row, NY
  Mound (10-minute play, directed by Tom Block), Manhattan Repertory’s “Spring Fling,” NY
2014 Actor/Acted (10-minute play, directed by Tony Tambasco), Grex 24-Hour Play Festival, Theater 54, NY 
  An Immigrant's Tale CD release and dance (directed by Tom Block), Takoma Park Community Center Theater, MD
  Mollie and Harry (10-minute play, directed by Tom Block), Unboxed Voices Festival, Kraine Theater, NY 
  La Bestia: Sweet Mother (directed by Tom Block), Dream Up Festival, Theater for the New City, NY
  Oud Player on the Tel (directed by David Winitsky) OPEN Festival, Jewish Plays Project, Theater at the 14th Street Y, NY
  The Session (10-minute play, directed by Scott Cagney), Summer Shorts Festival, Brownstone Theater, Summit NJ
  A Troubadour's Tale, CD release and dance (directed by Tom Block), The Theater at the 14th Street Y, NY
  Mollie and Harry (10-minute play, directed by Tom Block), New Works Series, Emerging Artists Theater, NY
White Noise, production (directed by Moema Umann), Theater for the New City, NY
  Muse, production (10-minute play, directed by Tom Block), Chatterton Short Play Lab, Roy Arias Studios, NY
Butterfly, production (directed by Roselie Vasquez-Yetter, Wanderlust Theater Company, MD
2012 White Noise , production (directed by Roselie Vasquez-Yetter), The Fridge, DC
Frank Johnson, production (directed by Rick Starkweather),  Silver Spring Stage, MD

Selected Theatrical Readings

2020 Actuary Day IATI Theater (directed by Katrin Hilbe) Cimientos program, NY
Jung’s Chair,  IATI Theater (directed by Jennifer Ortega) Cimientos program, NY
Comic Book (workshop reading) Opera America, NY
2017 Duck (directed by Katrin Hilbe), International Human Rights Art Festival, NY
La Bestia: Sweet Mother, Desena Productions, Shetler Studios, NY
  Comic Book (directed by Tom Block), Manhattan Reading Competition, Hudson Guild Theater, NY
  Danny and the Therapist (Directed by Rebecca Wahls), Spooky Action Theatre, DC
  La Bestia: Sweet Mother (Directed by Suzanne Karpinski), Relationship Theatre, Drama League, NY
  La Bestia: Sweet Mother (Directed by Suzanne Karpinski), Dramatists Guild, The Mary Rodgers Room, NY
  Sub-Basement (workshop reading for Brian Long), Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NY
2015 Duck (directed by Suzanne Karpinski), Wide Eyed Productions, Drama League, NY
  Duck (Directed by Carmine Desena), Secret Theatre New Voices Project, NY
  Emission (directed by Kelsey Mesa(, Spooky Action Theatre Company, DC
  Danny and the Therapist (directed by Brad Raimondo), Athena Theatre Company, NY
  Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (directed by Stephen Jarrett), Spooky Action Theatre Company, DC
  Sub-Basement (directed by Brad Raimondo), Athena Theatre Company, A.R.T.-NY
  Emission (directed by Kristin Hoffman), Village Playwrights, NY
2014 Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (directed by Elinor Renfield), Ensemble Studio Theater, NY 
  Duck (directed by Kristie Simmons), Spooky Action Theater, DC
  Sub-Basement, Athena Theater Company, Lincoln Center, NY
  Night Out in Spain (directed by Maureen Monterubio), The Theater at the 14th Street Y, NY
Three Plays in Two Days: Comic Book and Danny and the Therapist (directed by Katrin Hilbe); Duck (directed by Brad Raimondo), Theater at the 14th Street Y, NY                                                         
  Night Out in Spain (directed by Kristy Simmons), Spooky Action Theater, DC
  Praying Mantis, Sanctuary: Playwrights Theater, NY
2012 Butterfly, (directed by Roselie Vasquez-Yetter), Wanderlust Theater Company, Kennedy Center, DC
2010 White Noise, (directed by Roselie Vasquez-Yetter), Wanderlust Theater Company, Kennedy Center, DC


2017 Duck (selected), Baltimore Playwrights Festival, MD
2016 La Bestia: Sweet Mother (semi-finalist), Theater Resources Unlimited New Works Festival, NY 
2015 Comic Book (finalist), Ophelia Theatre Company's New Work Festival, NY 
  Mound (finalist), Manhattan Repertory Theater's "Spring Fling," NY 
2014 Insomniac's 24-hour Play Festival (included writer), GREX Theater Company, NY 
  Duck (finalist), Heartland Theater Company (IL) Ten-Minute Play Festival
2013 Butterfly (semi-finalist), Manhattan Theater Works (NY), Newborn Play Festival
  Danny and the Therapist (finalist), Collective 10 (NY) Ten-Minute Play Festival

Selected One-Person Exhibitions:

American Institute of Contemporary German Studies, Washington DC
Wild Project, NY
American Institute of Contemporary German Studies, Washington DC
2017 Dixon Place, New York, NY
  American Institute of Contemporary German Studies, Washington DC
  Highwood Theatre, MD
2016 Dixon Place, New York, NY
  American Institute of Contemporary German Studies, Washington DC
  Galeria Sabay, NY
2015 Dixon Place, New York, NY
2014 LABA Gallery, New York, NY
  Cipriani’s, New York, NY
  American Institute of Contemporary German Studies, Washington DC
2013 TNC Gallery, New York, NY
  Osilas Gallery, Concordia College, NY
2012 Foundation Gallery, Kensington, MD
  Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD 
  Fridge Gallery, Washington DC 
  Mishin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 American Institute of Contemporary German Studies, Washington DC
2010 American Institute of Contemporary German Studies, Washington DC
  James Gallery, Union Theological Seminary, NY
  Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD
  Cafritz Art Center, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD
2009 American Institute of Contemporary German Studies, Washington DC
  Gallagher Gallery, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
  Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
  Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington DC
  Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC
  Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD
  Visions Gallery, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD
2008 Martinetti Gallery, Johnson State College, Johnson, VT
  HUB Robeson Gallery, Penn State University, State College, PA
  United Nations, Tanenbaum Center for Inter-religious Understanding, NY
  Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD
  Anne Kittrell Gallery, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  Alumni Gallery, Manhattan College, New York, NY
  Ciferni Gallery, Washington Theological Seminary, Washington DC
  Hanover College Art Gallery, Hanover, IN
2007 Dayton Peace Museum, Dayton, OH
  Fisher Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, Arlington, VA
  Trisolini Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, OH
  Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College, Johnson, VT
  Heliport Gallery, Silver Spring, MD
  Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
  Mendenhall Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
2006 Project 06 Arts Festival, Galway, Ireland
2005 HNTB Gallery, Washington D.C.
  Phillips Museum, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
  Beneficial-Hodson Library, Hood College, Frederick, MD
  Tessera Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
  Saville Gallery, Allegany Arts Council, Cumberland, MD
2004 HNTB Gallery, Washington D.C.
  Fine Gallery, Bethesda, MD
  Gelman Library, George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  Artspace, Richmond, VA
  Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD
2003 Eckles Gallery, George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  Pearl Conard Gallery, Ohio State University, Mansfield, OH
  Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD
  A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002 Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, Detroit, MI
  Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
  AFL-CIO, Washington DC
2001 Kresge Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL
  Gallery 10, Washington DC
2000 Spanish Embassy, Washington DC
  Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Gallery 10, Washington DC
  1998 Arts Club of Washington, Washington DC
  Athena Gallery, Savannah, GA
1997 Artists’ Museum, Washington DC
  artsJAM! Gallery, Washington DC
1995 Galeria Labirintho, Oporto, Portugal
1994 Espacio Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal
  Camara Municipal do Castelo da Vide, Castelo da Vide, Portugal
1993 Corral de las Ciguenas, Caceres, Spain
  Camara Municipal do Castelo da Vide, Castelo da Vide, Portugal
  Biblioteca Publico del Estado, Caceres, Spain

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Art of Resilience, NY
2017 Kimmel Galleries, NY  
Betty Kramer Gallery, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD
  Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY  
2014 ArtDC Gallery, Mt. Ranier, MD  
  Poggenpohl Design Center, Washington DC  
  1500 K Street Gallery, Washington DC  
2013 Dundalk Gallery, Community College of Baltimore, MD  
  Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD  
  Poggenpohl Design Center, Washington DC  
  1500 K Street Gallery, Washington DC  
2012 SPACEWomb, New York  
  Jiwar Creation and Society, Barcelona, Spain  
  District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington DC  
  Institute of Humanities Research, Arizona State University, AZ  
  Picture Cultural Art Gallery, California State University, CA  
  Phyllis Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, OH  
  Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA  
2011 Embassy of Columbia, Washington DC  
  Phyllis Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, OH  
  Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA  
2010 International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University, Chicago, IL  
  Phyllis Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, OH  
  Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA  
2009 Washington Project for the Arts, Washington D.C.  
  US Congress, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington D.C.  
  Garage Gallery, San Diego, CA  
  Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA  
  Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington D.C.  
  Northern Lights Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA  
2008 Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA  
  Scope Art Fair, Art Basel, Miami, FL  
  Alpha/Omega Gallery, Columbus, OH  
  James Backus Gallery, Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, MD  
  Temple Judea Museum, Elkins Park, PA  
  Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME  
2007 Wein Gallery, Presentation College, Aberdeen, SD  
  Fine Arts Gallery, Westchester Community College, NY  
  Artscape, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD  
  Human Rights Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY  
  Tevis Gallery, Westminster County Arts Council, Westminster, MD  
  An Investigation of Contemporary Drawing, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN  
2006 Houghton Gallery, Cooper Union College, New York, NY  
  Marlboro Gallery, Prince George’s Community College, Laurel, MD  
2005 ArtSpace, Richmond, VA  
  Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD  
  Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD  
  Gavilan College Art Gallery, Gilroy, CA  
  Howard County Arts Center, Ellicott City, MD  
  Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA  
2004 Phillips Museum, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA  
  Olin Fine Arts Center, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA  
  Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Athens, GA  
  Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2004, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA  
2003 Fine Gallery, Bethesda, MD  
  ARTery, Washington D.C.  
2002 Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, OH  
  A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL  
  Jewish Museum of Maryland, Annapolis, MD  
  Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran, Washington DC  
2001 Biella Gallery, Vienna, VA  
  Galeria Via Venezia, Venice, Italy  
  Marino Marini Museum, Pistoia, Italy  
  Contemporary Art Museum of Montecatini, Montecatini, Italy  
  Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD  
  Gallery 10, Washington DC  
2000 Courtyard Gallery, Washington DC  
  Four Directions Gallery, Grand Junction, CO  
  Galeria Assioma, Prato, Italy  
  Palm Springs International Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA  
  Art Without Walls, New York, NY  
  Gallery 10, Washington DC  
1999 Wente Gallery, Livermore, CA  
  Galeria Assioma, Prato, Italy  
  Galeria Riva Sinistra, Florence, Italy  
  Gallery 10, Washington DC  
1998 Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY  
  Gallery 10, Washington DC  
1997 Gallery 10, Washington DC  
  Athena Gallery, Savannah, GA  
1996 Aaron Gallery, Washington DC  
1995 Aaron Gallery, Washington DC  
  Galeria El Gayo Arte, Madrid, Spain  
1994 Galeria MAC, Lisbon, Portugal  
  Galeria YGREGGO, Lisbon, Portugal  
  Galeria Traviata, Caceres, Spain  
  Sala El Brocense, Caceres, Spain  
1993 Galeria Traviata, Caceres, Spain  
  Biblioteca del Estado, Caceres, Spain  

Selected Published Works:

North of Oxford Journal (MA), “Through the Window.”
  Meniscus Journal (Australia), "Raymond Carver"
North of Oxford Journal (MA), “White Picket Fence.”
Bending Genres Journal, “Rambles with Nature.”
H.E.A.T. Collective (NY): “Prophetic Activist Art.”
34Justice (DC), “Ramming Morality Into Our Economic System the John Ruskin Way.”
  HowlRound (MA), “Mysticism in the Theater: What’s Needed Right Now.”
  North of Oxford(PA), "Exhortations: (From: Letters to an Imaginary Friend)."
  HowlRound (MA), "Attar's Conference of the Birds."
  HowlRound (MA), "Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Discipleship."
  HowlRound (MA), "Chuang Tzu: Mysticism of the Absurd."
2016 34Justice (DC), “Truth or Politics.”
  34Justice (DC), “War in the Name of God.”
2014 The Fool Returns (novel), Anaphora Literary Press, Atlanta, GA
  Machiavelli in America (book), Algora Publisher, NY.
  Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution (book), Centre for Human Ecology, Glasgow, Scotland
  34Justice (DC), “A Response to Machiavelli: Three Legislative Proposals.”
2013 34Justice (DC), “Machiavelli in America.”
2012 War as Love (book), Algora Publisher, NY. 
  “Fethullah Gulen and the Education of Peace: How shared Jewish and Muslim teaching tales echo his teaching,” in Preventing Violence and Achieving World Peace, Peter Lang Press, Switzerland.
2011 Sophia: The Magazine of Traditional Studies (VA), “Sufi-Hasidic Legends.”
2010 Muslim Dialogue, “Shed a Tear for Safed.”
  Shalom/Salaam: A Tale of a Mystical Entanglement" (Book), Fons Vitae Publishers, Louisville, KY.
  "Shalom/Salaam: A Tale of a Mystical Entanglement" (Book; in Turkish), Bilim Artı Gönül Yayıncılık Ltd. Şti., Istanbul, Turkey.
2009 The Panoptikon (United Arab Emirates), "Art for Art's Sake: The Dawn of Art Criticism."
  White Noise, Stroyka Theater Company, reading at the Hamiltonian Gallery, DC.
  Remote Control (CA). "Identity as Conflict: Art can Redirect People's Sense of Belonging."
2008 Art and Society Journal (Australia), "Prophetic Activist Art."
  White Noise, Calliope Theater Company, reading at the Writer's Center, MD.
  Popular Culture Association Almanack (NY), "War as Love."
  The Panoptikon: A Journal of Visual Culture (UAE), "The Relevance of the Beautiful?"
  Sophia: The Magazine of Traditional Studies (VA), "Sufi Influence on the Kabbalah."
2007 The Panoptikon: A Journal of Visual Culture (United Arab Emirates), "Real Artistic Style."
  Sufi Magazine (London, England), "Early Kabbalists Under Sufi Influence."
2006 Reflections (Hibbard, MN), "The Call for a Moral Ombudsman."
2005 Sufi Magazine (London, England), "Moses Maimonides and the Sufis of Islam."
2004 The Image Warehouse (Athens, TX), "Dear Julie: Thoughts on Democracy."
  Pedestal Magazine (Charlotte, NC), "Supreme Court, My Ass."
  Sophia: The Magazine of Traditional Studies (VA), "Solomon Ibn Gabirol: A Jewish/Sufi."
  Dystinct Art Magazine (New York), "A Key Out of the Palestinian/Israeli Labyrinth."
2003 Sufi Magazine (London, England), "Sufis and Hasids: Shared Teaching Tales."
  Revista Sufi (Madrid, Spain), "Avraham Maimonides: un Sufi-Judio."
2002 Detroit Jewish News (Detroit, MI), "The Jewish Gift to Islamic Mysticism."
2001 Sufi Magazine (London, England), "Abraham Maimonides: A Jewish Sufi."
  Washington Review (Washington, D.C.), "Maxine Cable: Art Review"

Papers and Talks:

2019 Shalom/Salaam Conference, Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, NY. Book talk on "Shalom/Salaam."
Art and Culture as a Catalyst for Political and Social Change, Brooklyn Museum, NY
2014 Wednesday Morning Group, MD.  Book talk on Machiavelli in America.
  LabSchul, NY.  Spoke on “Shalom/Salaam” at Yom Kippur service.
  Temple Rodef Shalom, VA.  Book talk on “Shalom/Salaam.”
2012 Mishin Gallery, SF.  A series of talks about art, activism and peacemaking in conjunction with exhibit.
  Muslim Community Center, MD. “Sufi Islam Influence on Judaism.”
  Biblioteca Jaume Fuster, Barcelona, Spain. “Prophetic Activist Art” lecture.
2011 Kandinsky in Govan Conference,Glasgow, Scotland. “Prophetic Activist Art”(Keynote).
      Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society, Washington DC. “Sufi Islam Influence on Judaism.”
      Muslim-Jewish Dialogue of Western New York, Buffalo. “Shalom/Salaam.”
      US State Department, Washington DC. “Using Recovered Histories in Conflict Resolution.”
2009       Exploring Human Rights through the Arts, DePaul College of Law, Chicago.  Keynote speaker.
      Al-Azhar University and the West, Cairo, Egypt.  “The Maimonides of Cairo: Jewish-Sufis.”
2008      Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies, Villanova College, PA. “Maimonidean Prophecy.”
      Towards the Abrahamic Family Reunion, Fetzer Institute, MI.  “Prophetic Activist Art.”
2008     Arts & Society, Birmingham institute of Art & Design, England. “Prophetic Activist Art.”
      Perspectives on Creativity, Holy Family University, PA.  “Painting as Prayer.”     
2007      Mid Atlantic Popular Culture Association, Philadelphia, PA.  “War as Love.”
      Peace and Justice Studies Association, Elizabeth College, PA.  “War as Love.”
      ACA/PCA Annual Conference, Boston, MA. “Spanish Jews Under Sufi Influence.”
      Rethinking Resistance 2007, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.  “Machiavellian Resistance.”
2006      Southeast College Art Conference, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Chaired session on using art for social change; presented:  “Artist as Shaman in an Age of Uncertainty.”
      Peace and Justice Studies Association, Manhattan College, NY.  “Prophetic Activist Art.”
      International Peace Research Association, University of Calgary.  “Prophetic Activist Art.”
2004      George Washington University, DC. Participated in a symposium on the Shalom/Salaam Project, with heads of Islamic and Jewish Studies Programs.
      Committing Voice: Interdisciplinary Art in the New Millennium, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT.  “Shalom/Salaam Project.”

Selected Academic Work

2015-2017 Institute of Prophetic Activist Art (founded teaching institute in activist art), Dixon Place and Abrons Arts Center, NY
2013 Interfaith Institute of Peace, Foundational Conference, DC.
  American University Kay Spiritual Life Center, DC.  Lecture on “A Fatal Addiction” book.
  Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies, VA.  Lecture on “Shalom/Salaam” book.
  Concordia College, NY.  Lecture on Prophetic Activist Art.
  Hunter College (alumnae group), NY.  Lecture on art and writing.
2012 Columbia University, NY. Lecture on “Shalom/Salaam” book.
  Monmouth University, NJ.  Lecture on “Shalom/Salaam” book.
2011 Middlebury College, VT) Lecture on “Shalom/Salaam” book and class visits.
2010 DePaul Institute of Human Rights Law, IL. Week-long Artist-in-Residence.
2009 Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. Lecture, workshops and studio visits.
2008 Johnson State College, VT. Lecture, workshops and studio visits.
  University of Arkansas, AR. Lecture on “Prophetic Activist Art.”
  Manhattan College, NY. Lecture on “Prophetic Activist Art.”
  Hanover College, IN. Series of lectures, workshops and talks over three days.
2007 Ohio University, OH. Lecture on “Prophetic Activist Art,” plus graduate studio visits.
  McDaniel College, MD. Lecture on “Prophetic Activist Art.”
  Grand Valley State University, MI. Invited panelist for “Power of Art?” symposium.
  American University, DC. Activist art workshop in conjunction with Creative Peace Initiatives.
  Franklin College, IN. “Robert & Elizabeth Johnson Professorship in Leadership” lecture series.
  Antioch College, OH. Lecture on “Prophetic Activist Art.”
  East Carolina University, NC. Lecture on “Prophetic Activist Art.”
2005 Franklin & Marshall College, PA. Spoke about Human Rights Painting Project.
  Hood College, Frederick, MD. Spoke about Human Rights Painting Project.
  Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. Spoke to alumnae about my art, at Fine Gallery.
2003 George Washington University, DC. Spoke about Human Rights Painting Project.
  Ohio State University, Mansfield, OH. Spoke about the Human Rights Painting Project.
2002 Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Spoke about the Human Rights Painting Project.
  American University, Washington DC. Spoke about the Human Rights Painting Project.
2001 Michigan State University, Kresge Museum, East Lansing, MI. Spoke on my art.
2000, 2001 Jewish Study Center, Washington DC. Taught a class on Hasidism and Sufism.
2000 University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD. Spoke on Spanish art and culture.

Selected Work Experience:

2016-present International Human Rights Art Festival, NY.  Founding Producer.
1999 -present Shalom/Salaam Project. Creator, director, artist and writer of project.
2000- present Human Rights Painting Project. Creator, director and artist of project.
2014-2015 Athena Theatre Company, NY.  Playwright-in-Residence.
2010-2013 Wanderlust Theater Lab, MD.  Playwright-in-residence.
2011 Empowered Women International, DC.  Curator for “Muslim Women Speak” exhibit.
  Southwest Art Festival Film Festival, DC.  Produced human rights film festival.
  Rumi Forum, Washington DC. Invited speaker at Interfaith Ramadan Iftar event.
2010-2011 Greater Washington Forum on Arab-Israeli Affairs, MD.  Steering Committee member.
2010 DePaul University, IL.  Founding producer “Iraq History Project Art Festival.”
  Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival, MD. Creator, producer of festival.
2009 Wei JingSheng Foundation, Washington D.C. Spoke at Art Exhibition and Press Conference.
2008 Alpha/Omega Gallery, Columbus, OH. Featured panelist for activist art symposium.
  St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, DC. Art & Spirit Coffeehouse featured speaker.
2007 Global Cultures Mural Project. Creative director of public art project.
  UNESCO Center for Peace, MD. Keynote speaker for International Model UN.
  Jewish Community Relations Council, Washington D.C. Presented Shalom/Salaam.
2005-2006 Space 7:10, Silver Spring, MD. Founder & director of alternative art space.
2003-2005 Takoma Park Arts & Humanities Commission, MD. Commissioner; Vice Chairman.
2004 Jewish Federation of Greater Washington D.C. Spoke about Shalom/Salaam.
2002 Arise, Washington DC. Featured speaker. Spoke on making art socially relevant.
  The Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition, Washington DC. Guest Speaker.
1997-1998 National Children's Center, Washington, DC. Art teacher.
1997 Dwelling Place Homeless Program, Gaithersburg, MD. Workshops for homeless.
1995-1997 Longview School for the Handicapped, Gaithersburg, MD. Art teacher.
1995-1997 Montgomery County Alternative Program, Gaithersburg, MD. Art teacher
1992-1995 Caceres, Spain. Lived and worked in western Spain.
1988-1990 Photographic Resource Center Newsletter, Boston, MA. Editor-in-Chief.
1984-1988 Freelance Journalist. Published in major newspapers around the United States.
  Co-authored the Pelican Guide to Maryland, Gretna, LA, 1987.

Selected Bibliography:

  • BronxNet TV, “Tom Block Interview,” Dr. Bob Lee, March 13, 2018
  • Christian Post (DC): NY Church Nixes Human Rights Art Festival Over LGBT Content, October 17, 2017
  • NewNowNext, Human Rights Performance Forced To Move After Catholic Church Complains About Gay Content, October 15, 2017
  • Gay City News (NY), Catholic Church Anti-LGBTQ Guns Still Firing on All Cylinders, October 14, 2017
  • New York Times, "Festival Moves Event After Church Objects to Gay-Themed Content," October 13, 2017
  • Crain's NY Business (NY), "Arts festival scrambling for space after archdiocese nixes LGBT performances," October 13, 2017
  • Playbill (NY), Update: Festival Finds New Venue After Catholic Church Dropped Support Over LGBTQ Content, October 13, 2017
  • Broadway World (NY), Catholic Church Refuses to Host International Human Rights Art Festival Event Featuring Kathleen Turner, October 13, 2017
  • NBC Live!, (NY), Catching Up with Kathleen Turner, October 12, 20175
  • Fox5 Good Mornin"g (NY), Kathleen Turner and the International Human Rights Art Festival," October 12, 2017 
  • Huffington Post, “Chinese Dissident Wei JingSheng featured at International Human Rights Art Festival in NYC,” March 20, 2017
  • Broadway World (NY), “Celebrating Advocacy through the Arts with the INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS FESTIVAL,” Caryn Cooper, March 1, 2017
  • Voice of America Mandarin (DC), “The International Human Rights Arts Festival Uses Its Soft Power to Face Anger and Division,” Ye Yuan, March 7, 2017
  • New York Observer (NY), “New York City Hosts its First Human Rights Art Festival,” Jasmine Ting, March 7, 2017
  • Metro-New York (NY), “Because We Need a Reminder, There's Now a Human Rights Arts Festival,” Linda Laban, March 1, 2017
  • Hollywood Soapbox (NY), “In the Age of Donald Trump, New York Gets International Human Rights Art Festival,” John Soltes, February 28, 2017
  • Theater in the Now (NY), Podcast interview with Michael Block, February 28, 2017
  • Brooklyn Rail (NY), “The International Human Rights Arts Festival at Dixon Place,” Pirronne Yousefzadeh, February 24, 2017
  • WPAT 930 AM (NY), Interviews with Teddy Smith, February 17 and 24, 2017
  • AM-New York (NY), “International Human Rights Art Festival,” Dana Reszutek, Feb 15, 2017
  • i24News (NY). “Of Art, Activism and Donald J. Trump,” Maya Margit, January 19, 2017
  • Gazette Newspapers (MD). “Silver Spring’s Artist Foray into Fiction,” Ellyn Wexler, December 3, 2014
  • Kirkus Reviews (NY). “The Fool Returns,” book review, October 26, 2014
  • NY Jewish Times (NY). “Coexistence with Oud,” Ted Merwin, June 13, 2014
  • NY Jewish Times (NY). “Mixed Media and Mothers,” Susan Reimer-Torn, January 30, 2014
  • 31 Plays in 31 Days (CA).  “Meet Playwright Tom Block,” Adrienne Pender, August 11, 2013
  • Hi Drama (NY). "White Noise at Theater for the New City," Bill Bradford, July 12, 2013
  • (NY). "White Noise at Theater for the New City," Joan Kane, June 30, 2013
  • (NY). "Interview with Playwright Tom Block," May 16, 2013
  • American Theatre Magazine (NY).  “Moving on In,” Eliza Bent, March 2013
  • Read the Spirit (Detroit). "The Tom Block Interview: Breaking ‘A Fatal Addiction’," David Crumm, March 18, 2013
  • Writing Disorder (Los Angeles). "Conference of the Birds: Featured Art," March 1, 2013 
  • DC Theatre Scene (Washington DC). "Butterfly," Tim Treanor, February 19, 2013
  • DC Metro Theater Arts (DC).  "Butterfly at Wanderlust Theater Lab," Jessica Dall, February 15, 2103
  • DC Metro Theater Arts (DC).  “Butterfly: It’s Genesis and Meaning,” Joel Markowitz, February 13, 2013
  • Gazette Newspapers (MD). "Wanderlust produces second play in trilogy from playwright Tom Block," Cara Hedgepath, February 13, 2013
  • DC Metro Theater Arts (DC).  “An Interview with Playwright Tom Block,” Joel Markowitz, January 22, 2013
  • Washington Post (DC).  “Autobiographical and Abstract,” Mark Jenkins, September 14, 2012
  • DC Theatre Scene (Washington DC).  "White Noise," John Barry, June 9, 2012
  • WPFW 89.3 FM (Washington DC). "Interview with Tom Block," MetroCheck with Gloria Minott, May 31, 2012
  • Tikkun Magazine (CA).  "Tom Block: An Activist Artist Who Infiltrates and Inspires," Ben Spielberg, May 22, 2012
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian (San Francisco, CA), "The Heart in Art: Artists Express Their Desire for Harmony in Shalom/Salaam," Renee Frojo, May 15, 2012
  • Washington Independent Review of Books (Washington DC), Interview, June 14, 2011
  • Parabola Magazine (New York, NY): “Shalom/Salaam,” Rabbi Pamela Gottfried, April 29, 2011
  • Friends of al-Aqsa (England): “Shalom/Salaam: A Mystical Fraternity,” Sarah Irving, April 20, 2011
  • Read the Spirit (Detroit): “Tom Block, Story of a Mystical Brotherhood,” David Crumm, 4/13/2011
  • Jewish Renaissance (London, England): “Shalom/Salaam,” Agi Erdos, April 2011
  • Aktuel (Turkey): “The Kabbalah is based on Islamic Sufism,” January 10, 2011
  • Cumhuriyet (Turkey): “An Overlooked History Between Islam and Judaism,” D. Ülkutekin, 12/19/10
  • Gazette Newspapers (MD). “Common Ground between Islam and Judaism,” B. Kenny 12/15/10
  • Salom Newspaper (Turkey).  “Shalom/Salaam,” Gila Erbes, November 24, 2010
  • Publishers Weekly (NY).  Book review of “Shalom/Salaam,” October 27, 2010
  • Yeni Safak (Turkey).  “Muslim-Jewish Dialogue,” L. Deligöz, October 27, 2010
  • WBEZ 91.5 (IL).  “Worldview” interview on Chicago Public Radio, October 1, 2010
  • Columbia Chronicle (IL). “Artists, Activists Unite for Human Rights,” L. Wilusz, Sept. 27, 2010
  • WPFW 89.3 (DC). “Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival,” April 21, 2010
  • Gazette Newspapers (MD). “Activist art,” Karen Schafer, April 21, 2010
  • Washington Examiner (DC). “Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival,” April 16, 2010
  • CoffeeHouse TV (32 states). “Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival,” April 4, 2010
  • Comcast Local Edition (MD). “Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival,” March 26, 2010
  • Epoch Times (DC). “Artists Express 60 Years of Chinese People's Suffering,” G. Feuerberg, 10/5/09
  • Maryland Public Television (MD). “Art Scene with Lila Snow,” interview, July 22, 2009
  • Gazette Newspapers (MD). “Taking a Stand,” Karen Schafer, May 6, 2009
  • Gazette Newspapers (MD). “Silver Spring artist crafts portraits of courage,” Jeremy Arias, 4/29/09
  • Washington Post Express (DC). “Pieces of a Dream: Secret Garden,” Arion Berger, April 16, 2009
  • Sufism World Report (GA), "Exhibit explores spiritual journeys," Claudia Rousseau, April 8, 2009
  • Center Daily Times, (PA). “Block’s ‘Response’ Still Relevant,” Jared Swanson, October 3, 2008
  • Sephardic Heritage News (NY). Special Tom Block Edition, July 23, 2008
  • Frederick News Post (MD), “No Measly Easels for Big Ideas,” Lauren Larocca, May 15, 2008
  • Manhattan Magazine (NY), “Human Rights Painting Project Depicts Global Leaders,” Spring 2008
  • Fayetteville Morning News (AR), “Into the Realm of Social Impact,” Becca Martin, April 10, 2008
  • Madison Courier (IN), “Artist Calls Attention to Human Rights,” Pat Whitney, January 12, 2008
  • Gazette Newspapers (MD), “A Voting ‘Block’,” Michelle Zenarosa, August 1, 2007
  • Gazette Newspapers (MD), “Give Salaam, Shalom a Chance,” Karen Schafer, February 28, 2007
  • PeaceTalks FM (Calgary, Canada), Interview on my Peace Activist Art, February 12, 2007
  • CoffeeHouse TV (32 states) “Convergences” interview, February 9, 2007
  • Gazette Newspapers (MD), “Art Helps Religions Converge,” Meredith Hooker, January 31, 2007
  • Cincinnati.Com (OH), “Human Rights Exhibit,” Dr. Colette Palamar, January 26, 2007
  • Washington Jewish Week (MD), “Art Overcoming Politics,” Aaron Leibel, January 25, 2007
  • Galway Bay FM 95.8 (Galway, Ireland), Interview, "Human Rights Painting Project," July 17, 2006
  • Galway Advertiser (Galway, Ireland), "Portraits of Heroes for Galway," July 13, 2006
  • Gazette Newspapers (MD), “Cousins Mixes Abstraction, Philosophy,” C. Rousseau, August 31, 2005
  • Greesnboro News-Record (NC), “Human Rights Painting Project,” Keith Buckner, July 28, 2005
  • Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD), “Struggles Reflected in Exhibit,” Sandy Alexander, July 15, 2005
  • Winston-Salem Journal (NC), “A Face on Human Rights,” L. Somerville McMillan, July 12, 2005
  • Winston-Salem Journal (Winston-Salem, NC), “In the Struggle,” Tom Patterson, July 3, 2005
  • Cumberland Times-News (Cumberland, MD), “Exhibit Displays Rights Struggle,” December 31, 2004
  • Washington Jewish Week (DC), “Art in the Service of Politics,” A. Leibel, September 9, 2004
  • Style Weekly (Richmond, VA), “Activision,” Steve Jones, June 30, 2004
  • Washington Post (DC), “Painter Mixes Art, Philosophy and Activism,” S. Gebhardt, April 29, 2004
  • WMFD TV (Mansfield, OH), Interview, Human Rights Painting Project, September 30, 2003
  • Washington Post (DC), “Human Rights Painting Project: Pick of the Week,” August 2, 2003
  • Gazette Newspapers (MD), “Portraits of Pain,” Karen Schafer, July 30, 2003
  • The Reader (Chicago, IL), “Human Rights Painting Project: Pick of the Week,” May 2, 2003
  • The Detroiter (Detroit, MI), “Tom Block: Cousins,” Nick Sousanis, December 2002
  • Metro Times (Detroit, MI), “A Commitment to Understanding,” George Tysh, Nov. 27, 2002
  • Detroit Jewish News (MI), “Painter Captures Shared Spiritual Paths,” Lori Weiss, October 4, 2002
  • Sojourners Magazine (Washington D.C.), “Human Rights Painting Project,” R. Rivera, Summer 2002
  • National Public Radio “Talk of the Nation” (Washington DC), Interview, May 1, 2002
  • Copley News Service (National), “Prisoners of Conscience,” Fyllis Hockman, April 7, 2002
  • Gazette Newspapers (MD), “Artist puts Human Face on Suffering,” Chris Slattery, April 3, 2002
  • Detroit Jewish News (MI), “The Paintings of Tom Block,” Suzanne Chessler, December 14, 2001
  • La Nazione (Montecatini, Italy), “(Bath of Art at the Spa),” Faustina Tori, September 6, 2001
  • Link 6 (Baltimore, MD), "The Tales We Tell,” Elizabeth Donovan, Summer 2001.
  • WildHeart Journal (VA), "Tom Block: Art & the Mystical Vision," Eliezer Sobel, Summer 2001
  • Washington Times (Washington DC), "An Artist's Enigmatic Friends," P. Butters, February 8, 1997.
  • ABC (Madrid, Spain), "(Young Artists Group Show)," Consuelo Perez, September 29, 1995.
  • Correio da Manha (Lisbon, Portugal), "(Painting Live)," Joao Alameda, December 4, 1994.
  • Hoy (Caceres, Spain), "(The Purpose of Painting is to Reflect the Ineffable)," Juan Domingo Fernandez, November 17, 1993.
  • Hoy (Caceres, Spain), "(Technique is not as Important as It Was)," J. D. Fernandez, June 1993
  • Extremadura (Caceres, Spain), "(Just Questions That Transmit Emotions')," A. Villar, June 1993

Selected Awards, Honors, Public Art etc:

2019 Norman Lear Family Foundation, CA.  Funding for International Human Rights Art Festival.
2018 Norman Lear Family Foundation, CA.  Funding for International Human Rights Art Festival.
  Barbra Streisand Foundation, CA.  Funding for Funding for International Human Rights Art Festival
2017 Norman Lear Family Foundation, CA.  Funding for International Human Rights Art Festival
  Puffin Foundation, NJ.  Funding for dance/theatre "La Bestia: Sweet Mother"
  Yip Harburg Foundation, NY.  Funding for dance/theatre "La Bestia: Sweet Mother"
2016 Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD.  Creative Project Grant.
2015 Shetterly Prize, Los Angeles, CA.  Painting prize for the portrayal of courageous hero
  Puffin Foundation, Teaneck NJ. Funding for Sub-Basement
2014 Dramatists Guild Fund, NY.  Funding for Sub-Basement
2013-14 LABA Fellowship, NY.  Creative Development Fellowship.
2013 Maryland State Arts Council, MD.  Individual Artist Award.
2012    Jiwar Artist Residency, Barcelona, Spain.  Selected for one-month artist residency.
2011    Corcoran Museum, DC.  Selected to present art at event for “30 American Artists” exhibit.
2009    Norman Lear Family Foundation, CA.  Funding for Amnesty International Art Festival.
  Mary Greve Foundation, NY.  Funding to publish “Shalom/Salaam” book in English.
2008-09     Hamiltonian Fellow, Washington DC.  Selected for art career incubator fellowship.
2008    Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD.  Creative Project Grant.
     Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, NY. Selected as alternate for studio space.
     Maryland State Arts Council, MD.  Individual Artist Award.
2007    Takoma Park/Silver Spring Voice, MD.  Voted “Artist of the Year” by readers.
     Kennett Street Art Wall, MD. Commissioned to install permanent public art works.
     Impact Silver Spring, MD.  “Builder’s Award” for founding Space 7:10.
2006    Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, NY.  Monetary grant for Shalom/Salaam Project.
    Cooper Union Residency, NY.  One-month summer painting residency.
    Nelson Talbott Foundation, MD.  Monetary grant for Human Rights Painting Project.
2005    Sugarman Foundation, Novato, CA.  Monetary grant for Shalom/Salaam Project.
     Artist Adorned Transit Stops, Tempe, AZ.  Commissioned to install public art in bus stops.
2003-2005  New York Foundation for the Arts, NY.  Fiscal sponsorship for Shalom/Salaam Project
2002, '04 Puffin Foundation, Teaneck NJ.  Monetary grants for two different projects.
1998    Montgomery County Art Association, MD. Collaborative Art Program Grant.
1996, 97 Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD. Outreach Program Grant.
1995    Fifth Annual Young Painters Competition, Sala El Brocense, Caceres, Spain.

Charity Fundraising with Paintings:

2016 Tsedek Children’s Charity, NY
2008-2013 Abrahamic Family Reunion Project, Kalamazoo, MI
2001-2013 Amnesty International, NY
2013 American Task Force on Palestine, Washington DC
2012 Arthritis Foundation, Washington DC
  Habitat for Humanity, Washington DC
  Hungry For Music, Washington DC
2011 Nueva Vida Foundation, Washington DC
2010 Arthritis Foundation, Washington DC
2009 Girls Gotta Run Foundation, Washington DC
  National Center for Children and Families, MD
2008 Arthritis Foundation, Washington DC
  Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, NY
2005 UNESCO Center for Peace, Frederick, MD
  Empowering Women International, Alexandria, VA
  National Center for Children and Families, Bethesda, MD
  Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma, Baltimore, MD
2004 StandUp for Kids: Boston, Boston, MA
2003 Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, Washington DC
  Palestinian Children’s Welfare Fund, Austin, TX
2000 Pine Street Inn Homeless Shelter, Boston, MA
1999 Bread for the City, Washington, DC

Selected Public and Corporate Collections:

  • Embassy of Columbia, Washington DC
  • Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway, Ireland
  • Contemporary Art Museum, Montecatini, Italy
  • Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Montgomery County, MD
  • George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  • Georgetown University Hospital, Washington D.C.
  • Xavier University, Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, OH
  • Hanover College, Hanover, IN
  • Portland Community College, Portland, OR
  • Washington Theological Union, Washington D.C.
  • Abrahamic Family Reunion Project, Kalamazoo, MI
  • 2M Street Redevelopment LLC, Washington DC
  • HNTB Architecture, Washington D.C.
  • Anchor Appraisal Company, Boston, MA
  • Summit Art School, Gaithersburg, MD

Gallery Affiliations:

  • None


1987 Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. B.A., English.