( 1949- )
Cassandra Medley, who is from Detroit, Michigan, attended the University of Michigan. She served as the literary manager for the American Place Theatre in New York City for five years. Medley taught a playwriting workshop for the Women's Studies Program at Barnard College and for the Montefiore Medical Center Residency Program. She initiated the Playwrights-in-Residence Program, a summer-long dramaturg intensive for individual playwrights at the Ensemble Studio Theatre National Theatre Conference and served as director for the program. Medley's continued association with the Ensemble Studio Theatre of New York includes teaching the Advanced Playwriting Laboratory during the year and an Advanced Playwriting Workshop for the Ensemble Theatre Conference every summer.
Cassandra Medley also teaches playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. She has served as resident guest faculty with the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop and is currently writing for television.
Cassandra Medley's plays explore the nuances of human relationships with both humor and compassion. Her vibrant and colorful language contributes to the creation of compelling characters who successfully convey a type while retaining their distinct individuality. The monologue Ms. Mae features a seventy- two-year-old black woman at the beauty parlor who chats up the beautician. Ms. Mae relates the story of an attractive young woman on the subway who had her wig stolen right off her head during rush hour. The monologue is a unique mixture of comic image and humiliating pathos as the fashion plate is