Judy M. Dove
Judy is a playwright, director, teaching artist, and retired WCPSS Theatre Arts and French educator, and was an adjunct professor in the Meredith College Department of Dance and Theatre. She has directed for the Raleigh Little Theatre (Sleeping Beauty, Grace for President, and The Jungle Book which was canceled due to COVID), Forest Moon Theater, and NRACT. She also created the puppets for RLT’s productions of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Mirandy and Brother Wind, and When She Had Wings. She has written several plays for youth, based on NC history, which have been toured by the RLT Storytellers to Go! and for which she was presented with an Al D. Wolfheimer Volunteer Award. In addition to Storytellers, she has taught a variety of summer camps, school-year classes, and in-school workshops for RLT. She has served as House Manager Coordinator, House Manager, and Usher for RLT productions; has served on the DIVAS! Fundraising Committee; Play-reading Committee; RLT Volunteer Nights; and was on the initial team visit to explore creating Sensory-Friendly Productions. She served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Theatre Conference, for which she was also secretary, and is the recipient of the NCTC K-12 Theatre Educator Award, the Capital University Alumni Achievement Award, the United Arts Council of Raleigh/Wake County Business Support of the Arts Award in Arts Education, and the 2021 NCTC Herman Middleton Distinguished Service Award. She recently received an Artist’s Support Grant from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County for which she wrote the full-length play, Haiku, which was selected for the Sips & Scripts New Works Play Festival with Capital Arts Theatre Guild. Judy is currently a member of The Ink Project / RLT New Voices Program for 2022. She met her husband, Kent, while performing in a production at RLT 38 years ago; they have been married now for 36 years and have raised three children, all of whom have followed a path into the arts.