The only child of old parents I was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City (New Jersey) with an active imagination from day one, that often got me in trouble, but thankfully not arrested. When my mother realized this wasn’t a phase, she decided to support her daughter’s dreams. As a result, I started taking acting and playwriting classes in middle school and never stopped. I did school plays and delved into my creative writing classes discovering love for poetry. My high school poems were the foundation for what has since become Babygirl which I decided I would eventually develop into a solo work right before I graduated from Howard University with a BFA in Drama. After graduation, I worked behind the scenes in Hollywood for several years but after getting burnt out, moved back to the east coast and fell in love with being a substitute teacher and arts-educator with pre-teens and adolescents in New Jersey and Brooklyn. In the midst of these teaching adventures, I developed my autobiographical solo play, Babygirl the coming of age sitcom/drama of a media-codependa-lova-holic. It was during this time that I “accidentally” discovered MY story resonated with youth. It has been my passion to share my story with them ever since.
This story is not just about me being bi-racial, it is a universal story about a young person coming into their own who is overly attached to tuning out the painful things in life and eventually learns how to face reality and find herself. Young people today are media-holics and don’t even know it. The media has changed: There are more tv channels then ever, and texting seems to have replaced actual conversations, so this story is more timely then ever.
In addition to my autobiography Babygirl Uncensored, I am working on a multi-character play about Saturn’s Return and a screenplay about ACoAs. I also work as a literary editor doctoring stories in all genres, with a focus on life stories.
I recently finished my 80+ mother’s Autobiography I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW: A SOUTHERN WHITE WOMAN’S STORY ABOUT RACE and am releasing it independently. You can buy your copy at www.dorothystory.com. I will also have copies on sale in the lobby.
For further info on Kaypri and her literary adventures go to www.kaypri.com or email her directly at [email protected]
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