It’s official: After 3 years of study and research, I now hold a Master of Science degree, in Applied Positive Psychology (Distinction).  My thesis was entitled

Mysterious Potential

Toward a New Understanding of Fertility as Fullness of Being in Childfree Women

and I’ll be posting it here in the near future. With a little luck, the paper will soon be published.

Graduation Day, November 2, 2017 in London.

What an honor: In July 2016, at the 9th biennial International Meaning Conference in Toronto, I received an award for, and made a presentation on, my recent research and writing on voluntary childlessness.

The academic paper on which the presentation was based— “Other than Mother: The impact of voluntary childlessness on meaning in life, and the potential for positive childfree living”—is available here for purchase and download. (If you are an associate or colleague, please contact me for a gratis copy.)

Please note carefully the copyright information on cover page. The American Baroness is a registered trademark.


My solo play, Birth of the American Baroness, premiered at the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown MA in September 2014, and had its New York City debut at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater on July 23rd 2015.

“Birth of the American Baroness” had its Boston debut at Oberon/ART on April 1st 2016, as part of GLOWBERON,  a partnership between Afterglow and Oberon.


“As lyrical as it is hilarious, Stella Starsky’s solo-stage-path to self-actualization is like experiencing Choose Your Own Adventure with the love-child of Audrey Hepburn and Carly Simon. Groovy and gorgeous, I absolutely loved it.”

— David Drake, Obie Award-winning playwright of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me


“Take a wild ride through one remarkable woman’s quirky past and aching ambitions from small-town Massachusetts to Paris, France—with the music you loved as a kid and will love all the more when you hear it filtered through Stella Starsky’s generous and slightly fractured heart. Birth of the American Baroness is a show you won’t soon forget!”

— MB Caschetta, author of Miracle Girls: A Novel


“Stella Starsky’s solo play ‘Birth of the American Baroness’ is everything she is: smartly perceptive, riotously funny, and so chic you could spit…but you wouldn’t. Go see it. Stella’s not just a celebrity astrologist, she’s a star.”

— Frank DeCaro, Sirius XM Satellite Radio


Photo credit: Bobby Miller