Pandora Scooter

Playwright

Pandora Scooter has dedicated much of her career to serving playwrights.  In 1999, she co-founded the Hallie Flanigan Women’s Play Series with fellow playwright, Rosemary McLaughlin.  She served on the play reading committee at New York Theatre Workshop.  And she also served as Literary Associate for George Street Playhouse as well as a script reader at The Goodman Theatre (Chicago), Delaware Theatre Company (Wilmington), Writer’s Theatre of New Jersey (Madison) and Arena Stage (Washington DC).  

As a playwright, Pandora’s writing has been seen nationally.  Two of her solo plays, I Am Enough and OUTwordlyFabulous toured to more than 45 cities in 2011 and 2015.  In 2016, her womanist, punk-rock musical Wretch was featured at the Fresh Fruit Festival (NYC) where it won the year’s Best Musical award.  In 2017, Pandora was awarded a residency with Hypatia-in-the-Woods (OR).  In 2018, Pandora’s play Annotation was recognized as a semi-finalist in the Bridge Initiative’s Bechdel Festival 2.0.  Her play Masks, about a fictional meeting of young Tennessee Williams and Yukio Mishima, has been optioned by  To & Fro Productions and is in pre-production, pending the end of quarantine.  Most recently, Pandora completed a play about the bystanders in the #metoo maelstrom, which is currently being considered by several theatres.

An avid and constant fan of process, Pandora is happy to be a member of a play development group in Princeton called The Witherspoon Circle.  She can be found there reading other playwrights’ works and offering suggestions or asking questions to help with its development.  In fact, Pandora has served as a script doctor for many writers including Velina Hasu Houston, Kirsten Childs, Alex DeFazio, Kore Alexis, and Robb Badlam.  Her favorite aspect of this work is helping writers get re-invigorated by their own work.

Trained at Mason Gross School of the Arts where she earned her MFA in Directing, Pandora learned from Hal Scott to always serve the play with respect, insight and passion.  While she did not decide to pursue directing, Pandora did apply this philosophy to another great love of hers: script analysis.  

Introduced in 1992 to David Ball’s Backwards and Forwards, Pandora found herself smitten with analyzing plays and, ultimately, started teaching script analysis and resolved to compile her own method to analyzing scripts.  “The Bunseki Method” (both a class and a book) is Pandora’s contribution to the study of script analysis.  It is the result of 30 years of study and has been taught at New York University, Maggie Flanagan Studio, Terry Knickerbocker Studio, and at Pandora’s co-owned boutique atelier, Working Actors Studio, which she runs with producer/filmmaker Cedric Hill.

Born in New Haven, CT, Pandora grew up outside of Washington DC and has lived in Highland Park, NJ since 1992.  She serves as the Chair of the HP Arts Commission and lives with her daughter, Z, who will attend University of the Arts in the Fall.  Pandora Scooter is the nom de guerre for H. Fujiki DeVorkin.

Highlights

Semi-Finalist. Bridge Initiative's Bechdel Test 2.0 Festival. 2018  for Annotation.

Best Musical. Fresh Fruit Festival. (NYC) 2017. for Wretch.

Playwright in Residence. Hypatia-in-the-Woods (Portland, OR). 2018 for Selfish.

2015 National Tour of I am Enough

2011 National Tour of OutwordlyFabulous.

Newark City Council recognition for work on behalf of the LGBTQ+ Community (NJ). 2007.

Arts Grant award, Puffin Foundation. 2005 for Samuraization.