Greetings and Welcome to my site!
Please enjoy perusing my work and passions. I am a proud member of the tribe of artists. I was raised in a family where all of the arts were celebrated and engaged in as a matter of course—often at the same time, so this is my way of life. I am blessed to be able to do what I do. I personally feel everyone is born creative. To the artists; your own acknowledgement over others’.
My one woman show, O’Keeffe!, which celebrates the life of American Artist Georgia O’Keeffe, is a coming together of my writing, acting, and love of art. It’s a great pleasure to once again share this unique and creative life with audiences who come away feeling inspired and provoked.
On this site you’ll find specific info on my tour of O’Keeffe!, where it will be playing, how to book it, or if you’re a theatre or actor looking to produce your own production, how to do that.
Acting and Playwriting
If you’re interested in my acting, check out my acting resume, and take a gander at some of the various characters I’ve played. The plays I’ve written are listed, those published, produced, and ready for licensing.
Ball & Chain is the acoustic American duo I am part of with my husband Jon Piro, Explore our music, where we’ve played, and if you would like us to come to your town, just let us know!
My blog, Art Matters, is a combination of thoughts, musings, recommendations, research, reviews, and recipes. Pursue at your your own risk.
“A stirring one-woman play about American art legend Georgia O’Keeffe, written by and starring Lucinda McDermott. You don’t have to be an O’Keeffe scholar or art lover to love this play. You just need to be open to exploring a woman’s struggle between family and freedom, dedication to spouse and art, and ultimately, commitment to self.”
- Michael Hemphill, The Roanoke Times
O’Keeffe!, a one-woman play written and performed by Lucinda McDermott, explores the artistic and personal struggles of iconic American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. The play follows her as she grapples with the unresolved question that art afficianodos continue to debate today: Who is responsible for her success – herself or her famous and influential husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.
O’Keeffe and Stieglitz maintained a passionate and tempestuous relationship for 30 years. Known as “the father of modern photography,” Stieglitz photographed O’Keeffe more than 500 times and was the first to exhibit her work.
Grateful for his initial interest, O’Keeffe soon struggles to maintain her fierce independence in both her life and her art. The play takes us on a journey with O’Keeffe from 1915, when she began developing her own style, through to Stieglitz’s death in 1946. The struggle to survive independently within her relationship and to understand her own creative process is part of O’Keeffe’s search to answer the question, “Was it me or was it Stieglitz?”
Because this conflict between individualism and a shared life is at the heart of everyone’s personal journey, the play is as much about us as it is about O’Keeffe. Lucinda McDermott presents us with an O’Keeffe that is human, witty, and lively. An engrossing drama about the beloved American icon.
O’Keeffe! is available for booking or for independent productions. View the current tour dates or contact Lucinda to schedule a performance.
Learn more about how to schedule a performance of O’Keeffe! in your venue. In addition to theatrical performances, we also offer a variety of workshops and seminars that can be geared to a range of ages and needs. View Booking Info.
Reviews and News
Find out what critics, presenters and audiences have to say about Lucinda McDermott in O’Keeffe! View Reviews and News.
O’Keeffe! is now touring. Find out where and when you can see playwright Lucinda McDermott in her one woman show. View Tour Dates.
Story of “O’Keeffe!”
If you would like to know more about Lucinda’s journey with being inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe, researching, writing, developing the script and performing the role, go to the Story of O’Keeffe!
Lucinda McDermott is an award-winning playwright with more than 20 plays to her credit. Her works have been produced both in New York City and regionally. In addition to her one-woman show O’Keeffe!, other notable plays include Shatter the Vessel, winner of the University of Virginia’s 1999 Delauney Prize in Playwriting. Rumpus Room was included in the 2013 Appalachian Fesival of Plays and Playwrights at Barter Theatre as well as the 2011 Martha Hill Newell Playwright’s Award winner. Feeding on Mulberry Leaves, winner of the 1998 Delauney Prize and the 2004 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. She was the 2011 Flournoy Playwright.
Fall of 2013 she was Artist in Residence at Washington & Lee University where she taught a course in playwriting, and dramaturged the devised theatre piece, The Be[YOU]ty Project.
Some of her works are available at Playscripts Inc. View a complete list of her produced works.
“The Inferno”, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
- Promo for “Courage By the Sea”, by Lucinda McDermott, at the Gibbes Museum of Charleston
- Click here to see promo of play.
Ben Macke as Jeb in “Feeding On Mulberry Leaves” at Barter Theatre
“In Your Face”
Lucinda McDermott’s roles include such diverse performances as The Dream Time, Elvis People (world premieres), Big River, A Wonderful Life, Magic to Do (premiere), and her one woman show O’Keeffe! which has been produced Off-Broadway and toured extensively around the country and in Bermuda. She has done stage, TV, film and industrials in New York and throughout the United States.
Lucinda is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Dramatists Guild of America.
Woman of Light
This past September I was involved in a great project, the staged reading and backers audition for Woman of Light, a rock opera based on the life of Mary Magdalene written by my dear friend Michele Wagner. I was in London for two weeks to assist anyway I could, and ended up being in the cast directed by the wonderful and amazing director, Marc Urquhart. How was it being in a play in the West End? Pretty far out. We performed September 21, 2012 at the Charing Cross Theatre.
Lucinda with the cast of “Woman of Light” after recording in Studio Pool in London.
In October I was privileged to work with my son, Dante Piro, for the first time in a show. We were both in Pinkalicious, the musical, at Roanoke Children’s Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia. I played Mrs. Pinkerton and Dante played the role of – wait for it – my son Peter. It was a ton of fun, kids loved it, but the best part was working with Dante. Check out the excellent review in the Roanoke Times.
Dante Piro, Caroline Rigby, and Lucinda McDermott in “Pinkalicious” at Roanoke Children’s Theatre
I have had the honor to be able to teach what I do for over 25 years.
I have been asked, “Which would you rather do, teach or do your art?” The question seems odd to me, because to be a teacher of the arts–one should be active in their art, otherwise, what are you teaching? The act of teaching and enhanced my acting, writing, and directing in ways that can’t be counted.
I have taught kindergarten through 12th grade, college age, and beyond. I’m able to adapt to a variety of ages and developmental levels because I listen. I listen to the needs of the student, and of the class. In arranging a workshop or residency for a client–I am also listening. Yes, I can list some set workshops–but I would much rather listen to the needs of the client and personalize a course that is going to address wants and needs. That being said, my specialties are:
Acting; Method, Breathwork, Improv, creating a character, devised theatre, ensemble work, mask work
Playwriting; all levels
Devised theatre; creating something from nothing.
I am currently an A+ Fellow with the A+ School Program in N.C. where I have worked with grade schools, middle schools. This summer we brought on our first High School.
I have designed summer workshops, directed, and taught at ArtsXtreme, EMITT, The Virginia Gov. School of the Arts Summer Program and Hampton Roads. I have taught for and at Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk) , Wilma Theatre and InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia), Mill Mountain Theatre (Roanoke), Live Arts (Charlottesville). I have done residencies for Hickory County Schools, NC, and Monroe High School, Bronx.
I have facilitated workshops at the following; Randolph Macon College (Lynchburg), Washington & Lee Univ., Hampton Univ., Arcadia College., Oneonta, and more.