Before co-founding A Traveling Jewish Theatre, Ms. Newman was a concert singer, television actor, improvisational theater director and psychotherapist. For more than three decades with TJT, 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 received a Tikkun Award, A Millie, 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.