J. D. Newman — Author

NewmanJDphotoDr. John Dilworth Newman is a professor of theatre at Utah Valley University and the director of the Theatre for Youth and Education (TYE) Center. He lives with his family in Sandy City, Utah. Dr. Newman became the first recipient of the Reba R. Robertson Award from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.  At UVU, Dr. Newman has directed The Secret Garden, Princess Academy, Androcles and the Lion, The Milk Dragon, Once In the Time of Trolls, and Much Ado About Nothing in the Noorda Theatre.  He has also served as the director of the Noorda Theatre Summer Camp and has produced or co-produced touring productions including A Village Fable, The Princess and the Goblin, Honk!,Pedro’s Magic Shoes, Jack and the Beanstalk, Tamales and Roses, and Mama Tomcat’s Flying School.  As a playwright, he has adapted scripts for Newbery medalists including Avi, Paul Fleischman, and Richard Peck.  Newman taught and directed at Highland High School for eighteen years, from 1991 to 2010 with a sabbatical to Texas in 1998-99.  He served as Artistic Director of the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts during the 2009-2010 school year.  Newman earned his B.F.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Utah, his M.A. from the University of Texas, and his Ph.D. from New York University.  With Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, he co-authored Tell Your Story: The Plays and Playwriting of Sandra Fenichel Asher.  Dr. Newman chairs the Playwrights In Our Schools Project and served three years on the board of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. He is also represented by his first novel, Sandy and the Weird Sisters. Book 2, Sandy and the Dance of Faith, is due in early 2019.


OTHER Plays:

  • The Man Behind The Curtain (a one-man play about L. Frank Baum) email us if you are interested in having him perform for your organization. (See Below)
  • Whirligig (adapted from Paul Fleischman’s novel) Rights Unavailable.
  • Here Lies the Librarian (adapted from Richard Peck’s novel) Rights Unavailable.
  • A Year Down Yonder (adapted from Richard Peck’s novel) Rights Unavailable.
  • Princess Academy (adapted from Shannon Hale’s novel) Rights Unavailable.
  • The Voyage of the Bassett (adapted from the illustrated story book of James C. Christensen) Rights Unavailable.
  • The Secret School (adapted from Avi’s novel) Dramatic Publishing
  • The Winter’s Tale (adapted and edited from Shakespeare) Eldridge Plays and Musicals
  • The Tempest (adapted and edited from Shakespeare) Eldridge Plays and Musicals


Sandy and the Weird Sisters BOOK 1 in the Sandy Hunter Saga (now a play with its premiere at The Open Eye Theatre in Margaretville, NY in October 2016)

Sandy and the Dance of Faith BOOK 2 in the Sandy Hunter Saga is coming in fall of 2019

Clara and the Mermaids BOOK 3 in the Sandy Hunter Saga is coming soon to PRINT

Make-Believe Twins: A Best Friends Story


J.D. Newman has written a one-man play about L. Frank Baum entitled THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN

This is a photo of him performing his play around the country.