Beginner at Life was born out of my monologue, Virgin Mom and Still Waiting, performed at The Cutting Room, NYC, (2003) and Ode to Eve (2004).  I began to workshop full scripts of Beginner at Life in front of audiences in August 2004 at the C Note in the East Village.  The audience response to the script was immediate.  With the assistance of Barbara Kahn as an acting coach, throughout 2004-2005, I performed at The Cornelia Street Café, The Bowery Poetry Club, and other venues accompanied by David Heilman, percussionist for STOMP, Regina Spektor, Fancy Colors, and Jupiter One.  In 2007, I was invited to perform Beginner at Life at Sheena’s House and York University in Toronto, Canada as well as for UJA and Mamapalooza in New York City. The New York City performances were directed by May Joseph and filmed by Lucas Sabean. In October 2008, Beginner at Life opened in Sydney, Australia with repeat performances in 2010. (see Beginner at Life (Principianti alla Vita) opened in Italy in 2009/2011. Beginner at Life (Matchila L’Chiyot) opened in Tel Aviv, Israel in April, 2010.  Beginner at Life was translated into Turkish in 2011 in preparation for an Istanbul production.

Beginner at Life returned to Gallery Connexion and UNB in Fredericton, NB in 2013 building on its success in 2012. Donna Brooks of Australia will be bringing Beginner at Life to the CrisisArt Festival in Arezzo, Italy, July 3-9, 2013.