Award-winning playwright Andrea Markowitz became hooked on theatre at age seven, when she saw her first Broadway show. She earned degrees in English literature, musicology and psychology, and landed jobs in advertising, human resources, academia, and freelance writing and editing before authoring her first play. A New Jersey native, she lived in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Maryland before moving to a small town in Arizona's Sonoran Desert foothills, where whispers of the Wild West still call to cowboys, ranchers, and people who love turquoise skies, rugged desert and mountain vistas, and living amongst wildlife. Andrea is surrounded also by her wonderful husband Pat, and adorable rescue dogs Chipper and Coco who, along with dear friends far and near, are constant sources of inspiration and encouragement.
Andrea is Playwright in Residence at Desert Foothills Theater in Scottsdale, AZ. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, International Centre for Women Playwrights and The Playwrights' Center, and an artistic member of Theatre Artists Studio in Phoenix, AZ.
Now a full-time playwright, Andrea previously freelanced as Gareth Morgan's developmental editor for "Images of Organization: Executive Edition," as contributing editor for Peter Block's "The Flawless Consulting Handbook and Companion," and as editor, reviewer, and contributor to more than 50 organizational management trade and text books published by Wiley, Sage, Berrett-Koehler and others. She also wrote modules for Gareth Morgan's NewMindsets e-learning and management education website. Andrea edited memoirs and novels, and wrote more than 100 feature articles and advertorials for Gannet and Tribune Interactive newspapers, magazines and online publications.
Andrea's plays have appeared in Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C. Awards include first prize in the 2016 Helen-Jean Play Contest, third place in the 2016 Baltimore Playwrights Festival, and second prize in the Playing With Art short play festival at Phoenix Art Museum.