About Maryann P. DiEdwardo 

I am interested in art and architecture dance music and other fine arts to teach with English and writing. 

My background began as a ballet teacher early in my youth at age 11. I taught ballet in the city of Bethlehem, and also studied ballet in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. I studied fine arts such as theater arts painting drawing sculpture and singing.

Maryann Diedwardo participated in a documentary film, released in 2017. 

Maryann was interviewed by Bertrand Tessier

 for his documentary about Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey 

Maryann P. DiEdwardo, Ed.D is the author of more than 35 books and articles including “Pairing Linguistic and Music Intelligences” and The Legacy of Katharine Hepburn, Fine Art As A Way of Life. The memoir was written in 2004. My purpose was to revisit an old thesis, the potential historiography of Katharine Hepburn for educational purposes.

For “Chapter 7, I have updated my research to include the possibility of a new historiography based on the growing legacy of the infamous Katharine Hepburn. I suggest that the legacy has just begun to change our cultural views of women and education. I produce activities and goals for educators and families to use the legacy of this special actress for improvement of lives” (DiEdwardo, Maryann pasda, page 79).

My book was published in 2005 and recounts my studies from 1978 to 2005. In Chapter 7, I mention that Hepburn is also a painter. “Now, with the forthcoming auction of her estate at Sotheby’s New York, a selection of some 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings and sketchbooks by Hepburn went on exhibition at the auction house June 3-10, 2004 and hit the auction block June 10-11, 2004. Hepburn is said to have made her first painting on Howard Hughes’ yacht in 1938, and over the years completed more than 50 works, many of which depict scenes from her travels as well as vies of the Los Angeles house she shared with Spencer Tracy” (DiEdwardo).

In a review, Kathryn Price Book Editor for Women’s Radio, writes the following: “An analysis of dramatic art applies to all aspects of the production and clearly formulates a doctrine or paradigm for education of students in stage history. The Legacy of Katharine Hepburn, Fine Art As A Way of Life coordinates research by the author…refers to the past accomplishments of the late great actress Katharine Hepburn, recounts the life the author as she pursues the study of fine arts in order to follow a new paradigm for the study of stage history as an academic subject, lists research libraries and online resources, and paves a new method for education of the masses. Interestingly, the speech by Jacques acts as an outline for the legacy defined in this work as our remembrances, recollections, as well as application of past accomplishments of the great actress Katharine Hepburn, which are recounted with added personal anecdotes to create a new work that stimulates the reader to action based on following the legacy for future generations” (Kathryn Price).

Chapter One, Two, Three are the thesis which I wrote in 1978-79-80 for the Master of Arts Degree in English at Lehigh University. I was awarded the degree in 1980.

Chapters Four, Five, Six, and Seven contain research written in NYC from 2003 to 2005 to produce the book entitled The Legacy of Katharine Hepburn, Fine Art As A Way of Life.



Essay entitled Theatre Arts Integration in the Language Alternative Setting Improves Authentic Student Voice.


Maryann DiEdwardo Vitae

Works Cited

Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo is the author of the work The Legacy of Katharine Hepburn, Fine Art As A Way of Life.

  Since 1976, Dr. DiEdwardo has taught English, literature, and research in Pennsylvania colleges and universities; she co-founded Pasda Studios School of Art and co-facilitated Fine Art programs for students of all ages for thirty-two years. In 2004, results of her case study research suggested that the integration of music in the college classroom improved students’ grades and abilities to compose thesis statements for research papers in courses that emphasize reading and writing skills. In her initial study, Dr. DiEdwardo refined Howard Gardner’s 1993 definition of music as a separate intellectual competence. She currently teaches at University of Maryland University College, and Lehigh University. 

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