( 1953- )
Karen Jones-Meadows was born in 1953 and attended Wheelock College. In addition to her playwriting, Jones-Meadows works as a screenwriter, producer, and educator. She writes for adult and young audiences and gives workshops and develops curricula for both adults and children. She has worked with the Negro Ensemble Company, the Hudson Guild Theatre, the Women's Project, the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, and the Creative Arts Team, New York City; the Houston Ensemble Theatre, Texas; the Penumbra Theatre, St. Paul, Minnesota; and the Luna Stage Company, Montclair, New Jersey.
Jones-Meadows is the author of several screenplays including Yes Moments for Fox Television; Eclipse, a dramatic teleplay for young adults; and Hip Hop in the Promised Land, a short film series for Comedy Central/Broadway Video.
Jones-Meadows was appointed McGee Professor of Writing at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, in spring 1995. In 1996 Jones-Meadows was selected Keynote Speaker and workshop leader for the Association of International Schools of Africa where she visited and presented workshops in five countries. She has one son and has recently moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Karen Jones-Meadows's work excels in the characterization of volatile and intricate relationships. Henrietta traces the evolution of a relationship between Henrietta, a fiftyish derelict, and Sheleeah, a successful, young, working woman in her late twenties. Henrietta sits on a crate outside a New York brownstone and hurls insults at passers-by. Adept at sensing the vulnerabilities and weak-