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Elizabeth Hemmerdinger
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Elizabeth Hemmerdinger is a born-and-bred New Yorker as well as an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. She is the founder of “Behind The Scenes at Tisch,” a program dedicated to developing new works by new writers at New York University, where she received her MFA in 2003. Her plays have been presented in a number of venues in New York and Los Angeles as well as at the Williamstown Theater Festival and The Denver Center. Her full length piece Squall is available through Playscripts, Inc., which is also publishing a volume of her short works this fall. She is currently working with Larry Gatlin on a musical about Rosie the Riveter.

Hemmerdinger is a founding board member of Dancing Dreams, a program specially designed for children with physical challenges that focuses on establishing an environment where children, aided by a teenage volunteer, participate in the art of dance, giving them the chance to experience the pure joy of movement.

She is affectionately known as “Grambo” to her five delicious grandchildren.

Entries by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

New MTA Chief Helena Williams - How Do You Move Eight Million People a Day, And Still Cook Sunday Dinner?

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2009 | 7:51 PM

Very little media fanfare greeted the May appointment of Helena Williams as interim CEO of New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority, which moves millions of people a day on dozens of interlocking transit systems. But I had met Helena years ago in her capacity as president of the Long Island Rail...

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Dr. Patricia Allen on Bio-Identical Hormone Viral Outbreaks

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2009 | 7:51 PM

If I worked at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, I would ask to be put in charge of monitoring the financially and self-promotion-driven epidemics...

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Sotomayor Buzz, Week 2: Sexist Media Times Ten

(29) Comments | Posted June 3, 2009 | 8:55 PM

As the cable news continues to try to chew up Judge Sonia Sotomayor before she becomes Justice Sotomayor, at Women's Voices for Change we have Diane Vacca, formerly of Talking Points Memo, to make sense of it all. Read below to get truly grounded amid all the madness.

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Of Dinosaurs, and Daughters, And Legacies

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2009 | 6:55 PM

gloria-steinem6When the dinosaurs roamed the earth, just after the Coming of PantyHose and the Death of the Girdle, when we still wore white gloves and waited for doors to be opened for us, Gloria Steinem went undercover - in a Playboy...

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Batting 1,000

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2009 | 11:28 PM

When I was a little girl, my grandfather taught me how to count. He cut a slot in the lid of a pickle jar and put all his change in it. When I'd visit, we'd pile up pennies and nickels and dimes and quarters. We added and added and I...

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Something Wonderful is Happening in Michigan Tonight

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 4:20 PM

My heart goes out to Michigan. A state that has, over time, contributed in so many major ways to enhancing the American Dream, is in a state of financial disarray that's hard to appreciate here in New York City on a glorious spring day. We were in Detroit recently and...

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Arianna and Silda Wall Spitzer on The Time of Our Lives

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2009 | 5:15 PM

Two weeks ago, Women's Voices for Change, an organization not only near to my heart, but one I helped found and one whose significance both causes me to loose sleep and to leap up in genuine exuberance, held a fund raising luncheon. It was such an enormous success in content,...

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