Deanna Ableser is a theatre teacher at Richard Henry Dana Middle School in Hawthorne, California. Mrs. Ableser was the recipient of the 2006 VSA Playwright Discovery Teacher Award and was honored at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre and a Masters in Education from the University of Southern California. She has been teaching and directing award winning youth theatre for the past twenty years. Brooklyn Publishers, Smith and Kraus, Lazy Bee Scripts, Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, and Youth Plays currently publish her monologues, scenes, and plays, which have been performed worldwide. Her website is youththeatreplays.net.