Schwartz, Bonnie Nelson 1942-

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Schwartz, Bonnie Nelson 1942-

PERSONAL:

Born May 12, 1942, in Madison, WI; daughter of Donald W. and Mary Elizabeth Nelson; married David Abramson (a physician), November 12, 1989 (deceased); children: Nathan. Education: University of Wisconsin—Madison, B.A.; Bowie State College, B.S.; also attended Columbia University, Catholic University of America, University of Maryland at College Park, Johns Hopkins University, University of Kansas, and University of South Florida.

ADDRESSES:

Home—Washington, DC. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Actress in local and regional productions, 1963-73; schoolteacher in Prince Georges County, MD, 1973-80; writer and producer, 1980—. American Film Institute, producer of seminars and workshops on film and television topics, 1979-83; Educational Film Center, producer of dramatic and documentary programs for public television, 1980-85; WETA-FM Radio, producer of the children's series Songs Jumping in My Mouth, 1983-85; Public Broadcasting System, executive producer of the television special The Life and Death of the Federal Theater: An Investigation, 1999-2003; producer for the stage, including Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare, Pack of Lies, Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood, all Broadway productions, Dylan Thomas: Return Journey and Babalooney, off-Broadway productions, Give My Regards to Broadway! 125 Years of the American Musical Theatre, Carnegie Hall, New York City, and Panbeaters, London, England; also producer or consulting producer of benefit concerts and other public events and media presentations in the United States and abroad, including work on behalf of Child-help USA, Project Children, National Rehabilitation Hospital Center, Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, Museum of the City of New York, Institute for Positive Thinking, and International Women in Film Festival. Washington Theater Awards Society, founder and board member, and founding director of the society's Helen Hayes Award, 1983—; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, producer of awards presentations, 1987-90; Lincoln Theater, vice president and board chair, 1990-94; Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, segment creator and producer, 1991-96; board member, Mariposa Foundation and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; member of advisory board, Playwright's Unit and Direct from Broadway; College of Fellows of the American Theater, member. Teacher at Smithsonian Institution, 1980-90, and American College Theater Festival, 1989—.

MEMBER:

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Women in Film and Video (past president), Ninety Nines International Women Pilots, Cosmos Club (Washington, DC).

AWARDS, HONORS:

Woman of Vision Award, Women in Film and Video; Horizons Bravo Award; American Express Award for excellence in theater; Outer Critics Circle Award for producing Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood.

WRITINGS:

Grace and Glory: A Century of Women in the Olympic Games, Triumph (Chicago, IL), 1996.

Voices from the Federal Theatre, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI), 2003.