Judy Baker Goss

Judy Baker Goss

Central Region
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Imagination, problem solving, empathy and analysis can be increased through script writing, and students are justifiably proud of their creations. I will lead them to build characters through words and actions that reveal the characters’ deep needs, resulting in dramatic monologues or scenes. Most students are acquainted generally with plays or film, television and video productions, and I lead brainstorming about characters and conflicts from their examples. I guide them to shape their creative ideas into scripts using essential dramatic elements: characters’ high stakes needs, obstacles, actions, recognition, and consequences. They share script drafts with peers, who give feedback about the scripts’ dramatic elements. Students revise drafts and then enjoy reading scripts aloud and applauding their peers. Future applications will be evident, because “All the world’s (still) a stage,” and students can expand scenes onto various digital platforms for fun. I also enjoy leading workshops for English teachers who want to use oral performance and/or drama teachers who want to focus on analyzing plays.

Completed the professional development workshop, Arts Inclusion: Engaging Special Needs Students in Your Residencies, presented by Richard Jenkins on May 19, 2012.

Oversaw the production of my commissioned children's script at Hendrix College, "Lost My Shoe to a Wallaroo," September 2013.

Attended and participated in public play readings and talk backs of the award winning new play, "Dream of Perfect Sleep," in Fort Worth, TX, and in Fayetteville, AR, February 2014.

Attended a playwriting workshop led by playwrights Larry Herold and Kevin Kautzman in Dallas, TX, February 23, 2014


Judy B. Goss grew up loving theatre and storytelling; her current focus is playwriting. Her education includes: BA with honors, Theatre Arts, Hendrix College; MA, Oral Performance of Literature, UT, Austin; MEd Secondary Education with distinction, UALR. She received an Arts Council fellowship for playwriting in 2000. In 2007, Goss retired from teaching drama and creative writing at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School in Little Rock, where she sponsored the literary magazine, produced “Tales of the Crypt” at Mount Holly Cemetery, and directed scenes for UALR’s Shakespeare Festival. She was accepted into Sewanee Writers’ Conference playwriting workshops: 2008 (Rapture), 2009 (Life Science), 2010 (“Tides Inn”), and 2012 (revised Life Science), working with mentors Lee Blessing, Dan O’Brien, Beth Henley and Daisy Foote. She continues to attend writing workshops and teaching in-service programs, most recently participating a playwriting session led by Robert Schenkkan (All the Way) in Fayetteville, 2016. In 2013, Hendrix commissioned and produced her children’s play, “Lost My Shoe to a Wallaroo.” In 2015, she adapted the classic film Mrs. Miniver, produced as a world premiere by Argenta Community Theater (ACT) for sellout audiences. She is adapting a classic novel for ACT’s December, 2017, holiday show. She has conducted creative writing workshops for students, teachers, and museum staffs and served as a judge for Arkansas Young Playwrights Competition, 2015-2016. Her feature about Robert Ford’s play Fault, produced by TheatreSquared (Fayetteville), was published in The Dramatist, “Season in Review 2016.” She regularly attends plays, from the annual New Play Festival at Theatre Squared to the REP’s season to Broadway and Off-Broadway in New York, where she saw Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winner Sweat and Nathan Lane’s star turn in the classic Front Page in 2016. Her professional affiliations include the Dramatists’ Guild, Theatre Communications Guild, and the Playwrights’ Center. For information on aforementioned plays and Undertow (2014, formerly “Tides Inn”), one-acts “Schooling II” (2009) and “TOT for AYP, or The Certifiable Teacher” (2005), and the adaptation of R.L. Stevenson's The Bottle Imp, visit www.judybgoss.com.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: Senior High; teacher workshops
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability: October 2015 - June 2016
Special Needs: A room large enough that small groups can work separately with good concentration.
A white or blackboard and writing tools.
At least one long table.
Enough space to use for reading performance, for example, by moving chairs or desks.
A couple of stools would be nice, too.