I am a writer and translator and former free-lance journalist and cultural guide.
I was born and educated in the United States and settled in Paris in 1984. I lived in Prague, Czech Republic from 1987 through 1991 and have returned often since then. My main interests as a journalist were Czech alternative theatre before 1989 and French theatre, particularly the Avignon Festival, the stagings of Ariane Mnouchkine and those of Peter Brook at the Bouffes du Nord.
My articles, essays and reviews have appeared in Hamlet Studies, Lidové noviny, Los Angeles Times, The Prague Post, Respekt, Scéna, Svĕt a divadlo (The World and the Theatre), The Shakespeare Bulletin, Tvorba, View, the Rigpa Journal and the Lithuanian and Russian cultural revues Krantai and Slova a Otzviky.
I have authored books on Claude Monet and Antonín Dvořák, and contributed a chapter on the role of theatre in the Velvet Revolution to Historical Reflections on Central Europe, edited by Stanislav Kirschbaum and published by Macmillan in 1999.
As a cultural guide in France from 1998-2006, I specialized in Romanesque sculpture, Gothic architecture and Impressionist and post-Impressionist painting.
Since 2006 I have made my home in Southern France where I continue to write and translate from French and Czech to English. I enjoy classical music and jazz, creating collages and watercolours, and reading history and art history, biography, fiction and poetry. Some of the writers whose work I treasure most are Albert Camus, Annie Dillard, Bohomil Hrabal, Toni Morrison, Mary Oliver, Rainer Maria Rilke, John Donne and William Shakespeare.
I graduated from Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota and received a Master’s Degree in English literature from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Later I received a diploma in Czech Language and Civilization from the Institut des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris. I also studied art history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the School of the Louvre and hold a diploma in French History and Art History from l’École Nationale de Commerce in Paris.