Art in any form is continually in jeopardy of being eliminated. It is an artist’s responsibility to pass on what he or she knows to inspire the next generation to fight for art by creating art.
Ms. Cieri is a playwright, teaching artist, and member of the Dramatists Guild. She is the recipient of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Playwriting Fellowship 2003, and 2009. A graduate of Rose Bruford College in Kent, England, and the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Medal of Excellence for Scholarship and Creative Activities, Ms. Cieri holds an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College, Vermont. Ms. Cieri’s plays: Pitz & Joe, For Dear Life, Last Kiss, Count Down, and, Safe have been produced and developed in New Jersey, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Pitz & Joe is currently under contract with Warner Brothers with Josh Brolin. Her Essays on Arts and Education have been published in the New York Times, and Teaching Artist Journal. Dominique teaches the adaptation of nonfiction based on the Holocaust for the stage at Yavneh Academy in New Jersey where she also developed teaching curriculum (From the Attic to the Classroom to the Stage) published by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. Additionally she has taught at the Craig School where she has developed curriculum in playwriting with learning disabled students in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades. The scope of Dominique’s work has touched on a wide variety of populations which range from abused and neglected girls, boys at risk in juvenile justice programs as well as 17 years of workshops for artists and educators aTi (Artist Teacher Institute). She has been designing and teaching playwriting and theatre workshops for numerous arts organizations, including, Theatre for a New Audience, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, The Juvenile Justice Commission, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Artist Teacher Institute with Arts Horizons. Dominique received the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Applause Award, 2010, for her artistry and dedication. Current projects include the implementation of her work for addressing bullying through the art of playwriting; a year-long commitment to the development of new work from grant monies received by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey through the New Jersey Arts Council for the program ‘Women’s Playwrights Project.’