Janice is a poet and composer. Her writing has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including Callaloo, The Hat, In the Tradition, andAmerican Poetry Review. Her articles on teaching fun and innovative creative writing lessons have appeared in Teachers & Writers Collaborative publications, including From Medusa to the Sky, Sing the Sun Up, and Old Faithful.
Janice is passionate about new musical theatre and mentoring young writers. She co-designed White Bird Production’s popular Summer Musical Theatre Workshop for youth in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, now in its ninth year. With playwright Melanie Maria Goodreaux and fourth-graders at Brooklyn’s PS 156, Janice composed I’m Searching the Universe for a New Friend, a new musical set in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and fusing the R&B, reggaeton, hip-hop and dancehall sounds of the neighborhood.
Janice has taught creative writing and music workshops in numerous schools, public libraries, and community programs. She is ever inspired by the boundless creativity of New York City youth and the stories they are bursting to tell.
Janice holds an MFA in composition from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and was a recipient of the Dramatist Guild’s Jonathan Larson Memorial Musical Theater Fellowship. She is a co-founder of The Dark Room Collective.