Playwright, Screenwriter, Author
Born and raised in Chicago, Cebulska attended Barnard College, Columbia School of the Arts, and Indiana University. She has spent most of her career writing for the stage. Her plays have been chosen for development by the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Sundance Playwrights Lab, the William Inge Theater Festival, and Shenandoah Playwrights Retreat and produced at the Georgia Repertory Theatre, the Phoenix Theatre, Frontera at Hyde Park, Fremont Centre Theatre, The Theatre Building, Fusion Theatre, and elsewhere. Marcia has received the Dorothy Silver Award, the Jane Chambers International Award, Kansas Arts Commission and Indiana Arts Commission Master Artist Fellowships, "Best Historical FIlms" (Traildance Film Festival) and other honors. Now Let Me Fly, commissioned for the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision has been performed internationally at thousands of venues. Marcia’s Through Martha’s Eyes (screenplay) aired nationally on PBS. Marcia has been playwright-in-residence at The University of Georgia, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Marion College and The William Inge Center for the Arts.
She is a wanderer; he will not fly. She is a city girl; he prefers a bison ranch. She grew up in her father’s Greek restaurant; he dances at powwows. Ava and Jesse travel life together in a turquoise pickup truck, feasting along the way. They settle, raise children, cheat, gamble, and fight with great gusto. When Ava leaves to travel around Greece like a female Odysseus, their bond is tested.
Watching Men Dance is a feast for the senses, a celebration of cultural diversity, and a compelling read, at once both humorous and moving. Ava, the captivating main character, embodies an engaging zest for life as she struggles between her pull to adventure and her need for home and family. Jesse, the Native dancer she falls in love with, challenges her beliefs and commitments. Watching Men Dance is the story of a marriage: simple and complex, lonely and overcrowded, exasperating and fulfilling.
Skywriting - a journaling guide to help you soar!
Marcia’s work with Flint Hills Publishing results in part from her 25-year-long personal journal practice. Her upcoming book, Skywriting, includes exercises from her own creative and memoir writing experience, her teaching of dramatic and creative writing classes, and leading Writing to Heal groups. Marcia believes that writing can give us courage, a sense of authenticity, and make us look up.
PRAISE for SKYWRITING:
"Cover up your screens! Tell your phone to take a hike! Get ready to journal your way to more joy, creativity, and healing than you can begin to imagine."
-Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger and Why Won't You Apologize?
"Marcia Cebulska's Skywriting journal is the perfect jumping-off point for anyone interested in fun and insightful guided self-discovery. Where the typical prompt-journal author is an invisible, omniscient narrator leaving the reader/writer to complete this journey alone, she relates fascinating and deeply personal stories, which gives us permission to be authentic and honest in our own writing. With thought-provoking, challenging, and playful prompts and questions, she compels us to dig deep and hold nothing back, because she holds nothing back. A satisfying and inspirational journal I enthusiastically recommend to writers and non-writers alike."
- LS Hawker, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Drowning Game