Lois Kipnis

Lois Kipnis is a creative arts consultant with forty years of experience as a drama teacher and arts administrator. In addition to her recently published book, Without a Script: A Caregiver's Journey, her publications include a one-act play, Things Can Always Be Worse!, and three educational books that she co-authored: Together We Can Improvise (Volume 1 and Volume 2), and Have You Ever… Bringing Literature to Life Through Creative Dramatics.

Lois's poems and stories have appeared in Long Island newspapers, and one of her stories, I Did Not Understand, appears in the December 2014 edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness.

Ms. Kipnis' educational books are the outgrowth of her experiences as an artist-in-residence and instructor of workshops that enable teachers to integrate the arts into curriculum. Throughout her career, she has directed award-winning high school productions and developed and implemented intergenerational projects and school partnerships that provide access to the arts for students of diverse abilities. Lois often reads her stories and poems at book stores and libraries, and recently conducted a workshop on improvisation and writing for the East End Arts Council on Long Island.

Ms. Kipnis received her B.F.A. in Theatre Education from Boston University and completed graduate courses in theatre at Wesleyan and University of Massachusetts. She is a member of Long Island Authors Group, Long Island Children's Writers and Illustrators, Long Island Writer's Guild, New York State Theatre Education Association, and SCBWI.

 

Published Works:

Without a Script: A Caregiver's Journey


Without a Script: A Caregiver's Journey is a collection of stories, poems, letters and vignettes that capture the roller coaster of emotions as the author and her mother are cast in new roles and set out on a journey without a script, stage directions or understudies in the wings.

From a story of the author convincing her mom to reconsider entering a national television competition, to a story where she discovers a message in a bottle from an elderly woman seeking rescue from a nursing home, you'll ride the roller coaster of emotions and cheer them on through happy, sad and funny moments.

The New Jersey Foundation for Aging included an article about the book in the Winter 2015 edition of their newsletter. The article is entitled Caught on the Roller Coaster.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness


One of Lois' stories I Did Not Understand appears in the December 2014 edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness by Amy Newark and Anthony Anderson. This new collection of 101 personal, touching stories about forgiving others, changing your attitude, healing, and compassion, inspires readers to change their lives through the power of forgiveness. Available at Amazon.com and ChickenSoup.com.


Together We Can Improvise - Volume 1 (grades K-3)


Together We Can Improvise evolved from the authors' beliefs in the importance of developing improvisational skills at an early age, and the need for accessible lessons that ensure that students of diverse abilities and learning styles can actively participate.

Perfect for arts-based or cross-curricular teaching, Together We Can Improvise creates an exciting and holistic learning experience for students as they bring fables, folktales, myths, Shakespeare's Macbeth, and other stories to life through a variety of innovative improvisational exercises.

Each unit, based on a story or theme, provides a variety of opportunities for students to improvise as actors and musicians, and ample opportunities for music and drama teachers as well as artists in residence to work collaboratively with classroom teachers. The authors take teachers through complete lessons from warm-ups to core activities to creative extensions. Each unit is written so it can be used in part, or in its entirety.

A CD with samples of vocal and instrumental improvisations is included in each book. All the activities are fully reproducible and user-friendly.

Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc., 2011, Co-authors: Lois Kipnis, Kim McCord, Louise Rogers


Together We Can Improvise - Volume 2 (Grades 4-6)


Together We Can Improvise evolved from the authors' beliefs in the importance of developing improvisational skills at an early age, and the need for accessible lessons that ensure that students of diverse abilities and learning styles can actively participate.

Perfect for arts-based or cross-curricular teaching, Together We Can Improvise creates an exciting and holistic learning experience for students as they bring fables, folktales, myths, Shakespeare's Macbeth, and other stories to life through a variety of innovative improvisational exercises.

Each unit, based on a story or theme, provides a variety of opportunities for students to improvise as actors and musicians, and ample opportunities for music and drama teachers as well as artists in residence to work collaboratively with classroom teachers. The authors take teachers through complete lessons from warm-ups to core activities to creative extensions. Each unit is written so it can be used in part, or in its entirety.

A CD with samples of vocal and instrumental improvisations is included in each book. All the activities are fully reproducible and user-friendly.

Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc., 2012, Co-authors: Lois Kipnis, Kim McCord, Louise Rogers


Things Can Always Be Worse!


Things Can Always Be Worse! is a one-act comedy based on a well-known Rumanian folktale.

One chaotic Chanukah eve, Papa teaches his family a lesson by retelling a story his father always told him. As the story unfolds, we meet Mendel and his argumentative family who live in a tiny hut. One day, bemoaning the lack of space and quiet, Mendel's wife sends him to the Rebbe for advice. Chaos and comedy follow after the Rebbe advises him to bring the chickens, a cow and a goat into the hut.

The characters that populate Mendel's village are endearing, each with his or her own problems and advice for Mendel. The script is flexible and can be performed as is (30 roles for a minimum of 8 actors), or additional characters and dialogue can be added.

Things Can Always Be Worse! can be performed by or for people of all ages, and can be performed on a bare stage with props. Running time: 45 to 60 minutes.

Publisher: Dramatic Publishing Company, 1999


Have You Ever.. Bringing Literature to Life Through Creative Dramatics


Have You Ever... Bringing Literature to Life Through Creative Dramatics includes easy to use creative dramatic lessons for 28 well-known stories, nursery rhymes and poems such as "Casey at the Bat," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," "Pandora's Box," and "Where the Wild Things Are."

The authors provide step-by-step dialogue that guides teachers through each lesson, enabling classroom teachers with no experience in drama to engage their classes in creative dramatic activities such as pantomime, role-playing, improvisation, and story dramatization.

For the drama specialist and classroom teacher who already incorporates drama into the curriculum, the material offers new ideas and approaches to story dramatization.

Publisher: Alleyside Press, 1993, Co-authors: Lois Kipnis and Marilyn Gilbert

Out of print - Some copies are available through the author


Where to Purchase:

www.alfred.com - Together We Can Improvise, Volumes 1 & 2

www.amazon.com - Together We Can Improvise, Volumes 1 & 2

www.dramaticpublishing.com - Things Can Always Be Worse!