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janine sternlieb, playwright


Every day I read something in the news that strikes me as hypocritical or outrageous, and therefore excellent source material for a play.  Historical figures, just like contemporary figures, are wonderfully full of contradictions, blemishes, and foibles.

About the Playwright 

Janine has been an assistant director in Bay Area productions including Yoga Play (San Francisco Playhouse), Body Awareness (Main Stage West), and It Can’t Happen Here and Almost, Maine  (Santa Rosa Jr. College).
At Main Stage West she directed staged readings of Medea and Boston Marriage and produced a writing contest of short plays on the subject of Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Her contribution, set on the day Jefferson died, was titled Mistress of Monticello.  At 6th Street Playhouse, she directed a staged reading of Appropriate.

Janine was a casting associate for the 2019-20 season at San Francisco Playhouse and for a project at Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC.
As an MA candidate in Theatre at San Francisco State University, Janine wrote The Four Sisters or Time’s Up!:  a Chekhovian Guide to Climate Change, and directed two plays in the 2020 Fringe Festival.  She received a BA in English from Oberlin College and an MA in teaching from Boston University.

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Eleanor Roosevelt in First Ladies and The Big White Lie

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” 

Eleanor Roosevelt

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