Marsha Pincus

Marsha Rosenzweig Pincus is an educator and writer who has been teaching English and Drama and coaching writiers for over 40 years. The only Philadelphia teacher to be awarded Teacher of the Year two times ( 1988 and 2005 ), Marsha co-founded the highly successful Crossroads School within a School at Simon Gratz High School and was a Scholar of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of teaching. Her students have won numerous writing awards and four of her high school students have had their original plays produced off-Broadway. As an instructor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, Marsha taught Teaching Methods and Practitioner Research classes to new and experienced teachers. She has lead workshops and seminars nationally on, school reform, teaching writing and drama. Upon her retirement in 2011, Marsha began working as a Creative Consultant to writers and filmmakers while pursuing her own writing career. Small Steps, her first screenplay won recognition for Drama in Screenplay Festival 2015. She developed and performed her one- woman show about her teaching career, Chalkdust, in Santa Fe in 2015. In 2016, she moved to Santa Fe where she is owner and proprietor of Two Raven Studio: Retreats for Creative Women.

Lunch with MarshaLunch with Marsha  Painting by Tobi Zion 

 

A STORY — FROM ME TO YOU

In 2007, during my 34th year of teaching, I heard a voice which said, “If you don’t stop teaching you are going to die. I was 54 years old at the time, healthy, at the height of my career, married and with two successful launched grown children…

Something deep inside of me prompted me to heed that voice. Within months, I began planning for an early retirement and the next phase in my life.

When I became a teacher at the age of 21, I was forced to put my own creative dreams on hold. In the months following my retirement,  I began to reconnect with my childhood dreams.

My travels took me many places I had only dreamed about before—Italy, England, Greece, Spain, Israel, Peru and many places in the US I have never visited like the Grand Canyon, San Fransisco and Northern New Mexico. The very first time I walked out of the airport in Albuquerque, I was smitten by the landscape and the light… Later I was to learn that this was so common it was almost a cliché – older, creative women, feeling drawn to the land of Mabel Dodge Luhan and Georgia O’Keefe..

The most important thing that happened to me in the years immediately following my retirement was connecting to the women of AROHO — ( line about AROHO ) Magic of ghost ranch.. there among these women in the shadow of Pedernal and surrounded by the looming red rocks, I found my voice as a writer…

Returned to New Mexico every chance I could.. A chance encounter with Tanya Taylor Rubinstein… – tell the story of finding the casita and staying in it to write my one woman show — Chalkdust which I would return to perform in Santa Fe in November 2015.

The call — Victoria – to buy the very property I stayed in… My husband Nate— partner for 40 years and best friend parted ways…… and I moved to New mexico … . Two Ravens studia Retreat for Women..

It’s been quite a journey – this move into the next phase of my life as an independent woman and artist creating a life here in. Santa Fe — The City Different…

As a Jewish woman and educator I lived the  first part of my life doing the work of tikkun olam – to engage in work to heal the world. This chapter is a time for tikkun hanfesh — to go inward and heal the soul.

There is something so fresh and new and exciting about being a woman at this time of my life – when I can build on all that I have done, all my education and knowledge and lived experiences to create a vibrant life….. . This is what generativity looks like to me — and it’s my mission -?. Purpose —… project —. To share this with other women–. as a creative consultant,. as a resource, as a community builder and as a friend..

Send me a note, introduce yourself….. let me link your website to mine….. Email me and arrange free 30 minute consultation about how I might help you ride the age wave and make your transition to the creative life.