Born in Dallas, Texas, Judy B. Goss is an Arkansas playwright. She received a B.A. in theatre arts at Hendrix College, writing an honors thesis on “The Theatre of Federico Garcia Lorca.” At the University of Texas, Austin, she adapted scripts from poetry and fiction to earn the M.A. in oral interpretation of literature; her adaptation of Eudora Welty’s “Lily Daw and the Three Ladies” appeared in Group Performance of Literature (Long, Hudson & Jeffrey). After directing theatre at the Southeast Arkansas Arts & Science Center, she taught creative dramatics and poetry writing as an Artist-in-Education in Little Rock. After receiving the M.Ed. in secondary education at UALR, she worked as a drama specialist at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School seventeen years, teaching creative writing and sponsoring the literary magazine in addition to drama classes. Guiding creative students fueled her desire to write plays.
After awards for one-acts, she received an Arkansas Arts Council Fellowship in 2000 for her first full-length play, Fault Lines, revised as Rapture. Over a decade and several scripts later, she wrote “T.O.T. for A.Y.P, or the Certifiable Teacher,” which revealed that it was time to leave teaching. She participated in the playwrights’ workshops at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in 2009, 2010 and 2012 with mentors Lee Blessing, Beth Henley, Daisy Foote and Dan O’Brien. She has been inspired by other regional workshops by Sewanee pals Larry Herold and Kevin Kautzman and by Richard Schenkkan, sponsored by Theatre Squared when producing All the Way.
Her local network of theatre collaborators sustains her playwriting. The premiere production of First Farewell at Argenta Community Theater (ACT) was reviewed positively in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in 2011. The commissioned children’s play “Lost My Shoe to a Wallaroo,” was presented by Hendrix College Players to elementary students in 2013. ACT commissioned her to write the premiere stage adaptation of the classic film Mrs. Miniver, which played ten sold out performances in July, 2015. She adapted A Christmas Carol from Charles Dickens’s novel for ACT, and it played a dozen performances, Dec. 13-23, 2017. ACT producers will present her revised script of A Christmas Carol December 5-15, 2018, and continue the production annually as holiday entertainment in the Argenta Arts District through 2021.
Goss is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Theatre Communications Group.