Joan Cushing , a former elementary school teacher and cabaret performer, is best known for her political satirical revue Mrs. Foggybottom & Friends! which ran for 10 hit years at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
More recently, Cushing has adapted 15 popular children’s books as musicals, receiving over 400 productions and 5 national tours, including: Miss Nelson Is Missing (winner 2003 National Children’s Theatre Festival), Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, Junie B. Jones & a Little Monkey Business, Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood (2007 York Musical Theatre Festival), George & Martha: Tons of Fun, 101 Dalmatians and Heidi (w playwright Martha King de Silva) all commissioned by Imagination Stage; Brave Irene, commissioned by Adventure Theatre, Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly, commissioned by Oregon Children’s Theatre; The Christmas Doll (2007 Nat’l Youth Theatre Award for Outstanding New Play/Musical), premier at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte), and Lizzie Bright & the Buckminster Boy, a play with hymns, workshopped with Growing Stage, First Stage Children’s Theatre, and Playwrights Theatre of NJ.
Adult musicals include Tussaud, based on Madame Tussaud’s bloody pursuit of art, Ramana’s Garden, w Kathy Carroll, taken from stories of children in an orphanage in India, and Breast In Show (2014 Capital Fringe Festival), a musical constructed from interviews with breast cancer patients, w playwright Lisa Hayes.
Her two most recent musicals – Ella’s Big Chance: A Jazz Age Cinderella last season, and Grace for President, this season – both premiered at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Cushing lives in the Nation’s Capital and has 3 sons. She thanks Adam Burke for commissioning her to write Grace. And she thanks Grace for having the courage to run for President in this wacky election year. www.joancushing.com. Representation by the Susan Gurman Agency.