Before co-founding A Traveling Jewish Theatre, Ms Newman was a concert singer, television actor, improvisational theater director, and psychotherapist.
For over three decades with ATJT she changed hats between director, playwright, and performer, winning awards in each field. For her contributions to the cultural life in the Bay Area, Ms Newman has received a Tikkun Award*, Mill Valley Creative Achievement Award, and Theatre Bay Area’s Community Leadership Award. A book containing an oral history of her life and career is now part of the Legacy Collection of The S.F. Performing Arts Museum.