Reva Stern was Founder of the Leah Posluns Theatre in Toronto and then remained as Artistic Director for twenty years. She has been a Guest Director at major theatres across the USA, including Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Coconut Grove, Florida and Kansas City. She retained the position of Regional Casting Director for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for New York City and Los Angeles for almost twenty years while still at the helm of the Leah Posluns Theatre and Theatre School.
Ms. Stern has won awards of merit in theatre and has been a guest speaker at esteemed venues such as The University of Miami, the Actor's Workshop, the New Play Festival in New York City, and the 'Playwright's Conference' at the University Of Pittsburgh. She has also been nominated for several literary awards.
In recent years, Reva has brought her love of writing and editing to the forefront as her primary career. "The Water Buffalo That Shed Her Girdle" was her first published novel; "I Say My Name" is slated to become her second, "The Secrets of Attics and Cellars" was optioned for the screen and it is now hoped to become her third published novel. Ms. Stern has also compiled a collection of short stories, a series of Children's stories and offered short story contributions to anthologies including "Canadian Voices."
Passionate about collaborating on new scripts, Ms. Stern found herself in creative company with such notable writers as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Arthur Marx, Rubin Carson, William Gibson and Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey. She has also written and produced several of her own original stage plays.
Her additional publishing credits include extensive freelance writing for and editing of periodicals, magazines and newspapers including the National Post, Globe and Mail, and several years as editor for Wellness Way Publications. She has edited countless short stories, essays and novels for other writers.
(The photo above of Ms. Stern was taken by Toronto/ New York photographer Jim Allen)
"Reva Stern has written an insightful, passionate study of a mother coming to terms with losing her child's love. She does it with wonderful humorous relief and without self-pity... a book you won't soon forget."
Andrew Neiderman, screen writer and author of THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE and LIFE SENTENCE
"Reva Stern turns a wry and wistful eye on the subject of marriage and family, proving once again that "happily ever after" is not where the drama ends but where it begins. "THE WATER BUFFALO THAT SHED HER GIRDLE" will strike chords of recognition in many women who were brought up to believe that the success of a marriage is in their hands alone. A book to be shared with your best friend, along with your laughter and tears."
Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of A Woman of Independent Means and Joanna's Husband and David's Wife
"Lively and entertaining....an insightful read for a Saturday afternoon.
"Syd Field, teaches writing at USC and is the internationally acclaimed author of The Screenwriter's Workbook
"With an acid wit and sardonic humour, the author, Reva Stern, follows Rachel's search for the lost clues that may lead her to understand why she is to be eliminated from her son's wedding list."
Dr. Elaine Dembe is a TV personality and author ofUse the Good Dishes and Passionate Longevity