Judy Rothman Rofe
Judy Rothman Rofé (aka J.D Rothman) is a screenwriter and lyricist specializing in comedy and literary adaptations for children. She won the 2002 Emmy for Best Animated Program for Madeline (based on the classic books by Ludwig Bemelmans), for which she was writer, lyricist, story editor and supervising producer on over 70 episodes. She is also the recipient of the Humanitas Prize, two Ace awards and was nominated for four additional Emmys. She was an executive at the Disney Channel and has written dozens of specials, DVDs and series, including Sesame Street’s Guide to Life, Arthur, Nickelodeon’s Ni Hao Kailan, Rainbow Fish, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures, and the animated feature film The Trumpet of the Swan. She was supervising producer of the PBS Kids CGI animated series Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, and lyricist on Jim Henson's Pajanimals and Word Party. She has written over 200 songs for kids released on four Rhino and Sony CDs. She is currently a staff writer on Julie’s Greenroom, a Jim Henson Company live-action/puppet series for Netflix, starring Julie Andrews. Additionally she is working on an original animated pilot for Amazon Studios.
Before working as a writer/producer, Rothman served as the Latin American liaison for the Sundance Institute, taught linguistics in Venezuela, ESL in Mexico and remedial freshman composition at Hunter College, NY. She is a visiting professor in a Masters of Screenwriting Program at the Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile and a guest speaker at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Rothman is married to Peter Rofé, a bassist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. They live in Santa Monica, CA and have two sons. An avid traveler and adventurer, she was a relatively calm person until her oldest son started the college admissions process. At that point she began blogging anonymously about the absurdities of the process as The Neurotic Parent (www.theneuroticparent.com). The satirical blog went viral and became a favorite of parents, high school counselors and college admissions officers alike. Several essays from the blog were published in the anthology I’m Going to College Not You (St. Martin’s press), edited by Jennifer Delahunty, Dean of Admissions of Kenyon College. In 2012, The Neurotic Parent’s Guide to College Admissions was published by Prospect Park Books, instantly became a Los Angeles Times bestseller and was optioned by Gil Netter, producer of Life of Pi.
Rothman is now a featured speaker at college nights, book events and educational podcasts, sharing her humorous musings with fans across the country.