Logo

BACK

Playwright, Author, Screenwriter Tom DeTitta      

RESUME

THOMAS M. DETITTA
210 Bell St.
Americus, GA 31709

(229) 928-9122 (h)
E-mail: tdetitta@earthlink.net 

EDUCATION

M.A. Professional Writing. Kennesaw State University, 2003

B.A. Liberal Arts, Duke University 1982, magna cum laude

PROFESSIONAL

PLAYWRIGHT 1992-CURRENT

Wrote and had produced more than ten plays throughout the country with total budgets in excess of $2 million. Seven plays commissioned. Productions featured in numerous media outlets including Atlanta Journal/Constitution; Backstage Magazine, National Public Radio, The Oregonian, WSB Television and more than one-hundred others. Winner, North Carolina Arts Council Playwrights Fellowship. Play, "Reach of Song," named State Historic Drama by Georgia Legislature.

AUTHOR, SCREENWRITER, REPORTER 1992- CURRENT

Wrote for numerous publications including The New York Times; The Atlanta Journal/Constitution; Duke Magazine; The Raleigh News and Observer; and the Phnom Penh Post. Book, I Think I'll Drop You Off in Deadwood, in print for more than ten years and featured in Atlanta Journal/Constitution and The Library Journal. Worked personally with President Jimmy Carter on play and screenplay about his life.

FOUNDER/DIRECTOR: WORLD COMMUNITIES THEATER 1993-CURRENT

Developed international theater company with associates from throughout the world which creates plays from significant historic events and world circumstance. Developed the idea of Human Rights Theater, through which both the process and the product of theater is meant to both illuminate and heal. Through university residencies, works across the curriculum to provide opportunities in theater for students and faculty from a variety of disciplines, while engaging in the arts as a direct manifestation of the human condition.

FOUNDER/DIRECTOR: WORLD COMMUNITIES; CENTER FOR COMMUNITY BASED THEATER, GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY 1996-2004

A World Communities residency with an eye towards community development. Wrote five plays during residency including, "Transcendence: The Jimmy Carter Story," in consultation with President Carter, and "Darkness Lifting," in celebration of Habitat for Humanity's 25th Anniversary. These productions generated more than a half-million dollars in resources. In addition, developed symposiums, study abroad opportunities and brought in noted international artists such as Director Eddie Levi Lee, Cambodian Poet Chath Piersath, and Bulgarian actress Madelynn Tcholakova. Created a permanent oral history collection surrounding the civil rights conflicts which helped to define President Jimmy Carter. Part-Time Professor in both English and Fine Arts Departments. Assisted community with $4 million historic theater restoration.

FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: THE REACH OF SONG DRAMA/APPALACHIAN EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY 1987-1995

Responsible for about seventy-five yearly employees. Oversaw, and was responsible for generating, yearly budgets of as much as $400,000 for annual production. Implemented all aspects of the production, as well as the marketing and fund-raising. Originally housed under the Georgia Mountains Regional Development Center, worked with board of directors to create 501 C-3 to house production for future years.

EDITOR, NORTH GEORGIA NEWS 1986-1987

Wrote news, editorial, and feature stories for one of the largest circulation weekly newspapers in north Georgia. Oversaw all reporting, photography, and other news operations.

AWARDS/MEMBERSHIPS/TRAVEL

Award: North Carolina Playwright's Fellowship, 1998
Award: Governor's Pioneer Award, Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism
Member: Dramatists Guild, 1994-present
Member: Authors Guild, 1994-present
Member: National Eagle Scout Association, 1981-present
Travel: All fifty states; about fifty countries

2003 Tom DeTitta