Nadine Bernard

Nadine Bernard

Playwright, Nadine Bernard is a playwright and drama therapist in Montclair, New Jersey. Her play about women experiencing postpartum depression, In the Shadow of My Son, appeared at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2007 and has been produced in the past several years throughout the USA and Canada. A monologue from the play is published in the Smith and Kraus The Best Women's Stage Monologues...
Playwright, Nadine Bernard is a playwright and drama therapist in Montclair, New Jersey. Her play about women experiencing postpartum depression, In the Shadow of My Son, appeared at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2007 and has been produced in the past several years throughout the USA and Canada. A monologue from the play is published in the Smith and Kraus The Best Women's Stage Monologues of 2008. Plays include, The Way to Summer, which she developed during a year-long writing residency at CAP21 in NYC, working with Artistic Director Eliza Ventura (Directors Company with Tovah Feldshuh and Russell G. Jones, Staged Reading, 2012; August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, Staged Reading, 2011; Lark Play Development Center, 2011; New Play Festival, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Staged Reading 2009) Miss Valentine (Ivy Austin, Producer – Associate Producer at SunnySpot Productions, currently in development in NYC; The Van Vleck House and Gardens in Montclair, Benefit Reading 2010, Clifton Arts Center, Clifton, NJ, Benefit Reading 2011, Lord Sterling Theatre, Reading 2015; League of Professional Theatre Women, Julia’s Reading Room 2016) Waiting For Fame to Come, (Downstage, 2005), The Almost Baby, (Kitchen Theatre, 2001), The Jizo Story (Creative Theater, 1995). In 2016, she collaborated with award winning Off-Broadway director Andy Sandberg on her play, Opportunity of a Lifetime, which had an industry reading in NYC and has been a semi-finalist at the Women’s Project in NYC. She is currently working with Ari Kreith (Artistic Director of Theatre 167 and incoming Artistic Director of Luna Stage) on her play Veils, about a group of New Jersey women in a belly dancing class who get caught up in the mystery and past of their belly dancing teacher; they are invited to bring a reading to the Bickford, March 2018. The play appeared in the HB Studios Playwrights Foundation staged reading series (also June Havoc Theatre and Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, NYC, Staged Readings, 2013). Her play, Then Let the Fish Go appeared as a reading at the Meet the Artist series at Dreamcatchers Repertory Theater in Summit (May 2014), and her short piece, Female Factor, appeared as a staged reading in 2017 in Dreamcatcher Ensemble's evening, Continuing the Conversation. She is developing her most recent play, Seize the Day After, about a mother finding the balance between science and spirituality as she raises a special needs child, with Director, Jane Mandel, Founding Artistic Director Emerita of Luna Stage. The play was first developed at a workshop at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ, and the play has had developmental readings at Dreamcatchers in Summit, NJ and at Drew University and staged readings at The Theater Project in Maplewood, NJ, Cornerstone, Montclair and for Julia’s Reading Room held by the League of Professional Theatre Women. Nadine has a BA from Cornell University and an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught theater elective for three years at the Montclair Cooperative School and is the Director of Sibshop Montclair, a support group for siblings of children with special needs. She has toured hospitals in New Jersey with her solo version of In the Shadow of My Son, raising awareness about postpartum depression. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, The League of Professional Theatre Women, and the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA. Contact Nadine at ndf3@cornell.edu, (917) 364-4538.



Plays

  • Miss Valentine
    Miss Valentine is a romantic and empowering tale inspired by the life of Victorian era entrepreneur Esther Howland, "Mother of the American Valentine." Esther popularized the custom of exchanging Valentines by individually crafting cards containing mottos of love which are still sought after by collectors today. By pursuing her passion and staying true to her vision, Esther became one of the first...
    Miss Valentine is a romantic and empowering tale inspired by the life of Victorian era entrepreneur Esther Howland, "Mother of the American Valentine." Esther popularized the custom of exchanging Valentines by individually crafting cards containing mottos of love which are still sought after by collectors today. By pursuing her passion and staying true to her vision, Esther became one of the first successful business women in America. Esther’s personal story is interwoven with the legendary tale of Saint Valentine. The result is a charming, classic-style play reminiscent of a Jane Austin novel, peppered with the love poems from Esther’s Valentines.
  • Veils
    VEILS is a serio-comedy about a group of suburban women in a belly dance class who learn to see beyond the narrow focus of their interpersonal problems and come to the aid of one who faces a much more imminent and dangerous struggle. Leslie’s husband has just run off with the kindergarten teacher, and her Aunt Miriam and best friend Christine bring her to a belly dancing class to cheer her up. Veils depicts,...
    VEILS is a serio-comedy about a group of suburban women in a belly dance class who learn to see beyond the narrow focus of their interpersonal problems and come to the aid of one who faces a much more imminent and dangerous struggle. Leslie’s husband has just run off with the kindergarten teacher, and her Aunt Miriam and best friend Christine bring her to a belly dancing class to cheer her up. Veils depicts, with humor, how these three suburban New Jersey women unveil the truth of their own lives and become swept up into the life of their belly dance teacher and her haunting past.