Barbara Bottner, New York Times best-selling author of over 40 books, is a screenwriter, TV writer, and writing coach, who began her multi-hyphenate career as an artist and actor. Designing off-Broadway sets in the ’60s led her to performance. As an actor in New York, she worked with Sam Shepherd in the downtown troupe, Theater Genesis, and was a member of Ellen Stewart’s ground-breaking troupe (where Hair originated) La Mama Plexus, directed by Joel (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) Zwick. The troupe toured Europe, appearing in London’s West End as well as playing in New York City and colleges around the country.
Following her career in theatre, she began writing and illustrating books for children as well as designing, directing and producing award-winning short animations (CINE Golden Eagles, and the Festival D’Annecy Price for Best Film for Television) for Sesame Street and the Electric Company. During this time, Bottner also contributed collaborated with Phillip Namanworth on the Fair is Fair album for the Muppets, writing lyrics for Jim Henson and his troupe. Barabara Bottner.
The author of over 40 books in all areas of children’s literature, including Young Adult, Middle Grade, chapter and I Can Reads as well as her award-winning picture books, several of which have been animated (with voice-overs by Zack Braff and Rhea Perlman) translated into multiple languages including French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hebrew amoung others. Wallaces Lists ahs been also performed as children’s theater in Stockholm, Sweden. One of her recent titles, Miss Brooks Loves Books, a New York Times Bestseller, has a sequel slated for this August.
Feeling drawn to children and young adult audiences, she wrote after school specials with Arlene Sidaris and also staffed on a prime time CBS sit-com, Scorch. She worked for Disney as a writer on the Winnie the Pooh and Miss Piggle Wiggle series. Eventually, Bottner and Sidaris wrote Mama Said, a feature that has been often optioned for various directors and producers, including Larry Pie-
rce, Renee Taylor, Joel Zwick, Dan Rissner, and others. Bottner has contributed to the Miami Herald’s Tropic Magazine, writing about men and women in the Can’t Live Without ‘Em column as well as features. She was a Contributing Editor for the LAWEEKLY, writing both humor and features, notably interviews with outstanding figures such as Jerzy Kosinski and ex pat director Joseph Losey. Her editorial art was used in the Op Ed section of the New York Times and in MS. Magazine. She has reviewed books for children both in the New York and LA Sunday Book Review.
Her short stories have been published in Cosmopolitan and Playgirl and anthologized in two collections. She has taught and won the Distinguished Teaching Award from the New School for Social Research, Parsons’ School of Design, UCLA, Miami Dade College, and lectured on children’s literature around the country as well as being asked to present in Bologna for the SCBWI, and staffed various conferences, judged national contests on children’s literature. Some of the most well-known in the field have thanked her publicly, as many of them wrote their first books under her direction, including Caldecott Winners, and New York Times Bestsellers Peggy Rathmann, Lane Smith, Laura Numeroff, Bruce Degan, Antoinette Portis, Laurie Friedman, Alix Flinn, April Halperin Wayland, and Barney Saltzberg, Denise Doyen, Robin Preis Glaser. She continues to consult privately and facilitates a Master Class in writing for children. Her papers are collected in the Arne Nixon Center for Children’s Literature at Fresno State. [/one_half]