Fear of Regression

I’ve always grown angry when tell me how much they rewrote the other night, or how many characters they cut out of their script after their last reading. I would always think, “Just because something is drastically different, doesn’t make it better.” And I still think that statement holds true. However, I’m realizing how I’ve […]

Fulfilling Day Jobs For Playwrights?

It’s no secret that playwriting in the American theatre doesn’t pay the bills. I’ve made peace with that fact, and in fact find that a really compelling challenge in not taking advantage of my creative free time. Here’s a question though, you great, wide, interwebbed world: what’s a decent first-job for a playwright? I’ve heard […]

Redefining, or Reclaiming, Family Lives in Theatre

I’m 21 years-old, an only child, and a single woman. I am the first woman in my family not to become a schoolteacher, not that I think there is anything wrong with teaching K-12, I just know I would be doing myself and my would-be students a disservice by teaching. I am the first member […]

A Living Experiment in Arts Funding

This marks the first live post of a living, breathing postgrad experiment. In Summer, 2018, my play Hi! How Are You! How’s Your Sex Life is going on tour throughout the U.K. Fringe Festival circuit. As a collective of four women graduating this program, we want to create expatriate theatre that still tells an American, female-driven story. […]

Massachusetts Young Playwright’s Festival

Alright, so this is a tad delayed, but about three weeks ago, I had the honor of acting for the Massachusetts Young Playwright’s Festival, hosted by the Boston Playwright’s Theatre. This festival is a celebration of high school playwright from across the state, and given a team of actors and a director, we have about […]

There’s This Piece In My Back Pocket

I read Sarah Kane’s Blasted the way I read E.F.’s Visit To a Small Planet. Not so much in the way of how to read or write a play, but in what a play can contain. I read it at the start of every semester. Reading Sarah Kane changed my life in a way I can’t quite […]

The Beauty Queen In Boston: How The Touring Production “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” Strengthens Local Ties

With the downward trend in repertory and touring play companies in America, having the opportunity to see a play, and a straight play at that, on a seven-month international tour is a rare thing, indeed. Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a seething dark comedy that is masterfully unfolded over the course of about […]

What Exactly Does ‘Early-Career’ Mean?

So, I’m spending my days going through play submission opportunities, and residency opportunities, and development opportunities. And I somehow think that early-career is a good category to describe me. I am, quite literally, early on in my career. But then I start looking at these bios of the playwrights who have received these awards/opportunities/grants, who […]

Parts of the Play vs. Parts of the Country

I’m entering the second week of rehearsals for my play, Hi! How Are You! How’s Your Sex Life? at Boston University. I emphasize that, even though the majority of readers assumably have an affiliation with the school. But I want to point out is that this play is going up in the heart of the New England […]

What Had Me Sweating Through “Sweat”

The longer I am an active theatre artist, the rarer the opportunity becomes to first experience a playwright’s work onstage, rather than read their work first. Lynn Nottage is one of those household contemporary theatre names, and yet I had the fortune to watch her work on Broadway before every cracking open one of her […]

Slow Burn

I keep hearing Playwrights tell me To think of our careers as a slow burn. Like this, Stay with me, Are you waiting…   …   …   … And all the while, You still simmering. But what if, I want to boil over? Do I dry up, Then, After the fact? … … … I’m […]

Theatre Is Why I’m Still Single (Or, Is There Such A Thing As A Date Play?)

Well, Valentine’s Day came and went again, and while some of you may have enjoyed heartfelt gifts or candlelit dinners, I learned that eating chocolate after 11pm now gives me heartburn. Oh, the joys of adulthood. As fellow theatre practitioners, we can all acknowledge that finding free time can be tough. So when I am […]

Reflections on KCACTF

This past week,  I had the honor and privilege to stage a reading of my (former) ten-minute play, Life Could Be A Dream, at the Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as part of the National Playwrights Program. Here are some things I will take away with me as a playwright and wanted to share: […]

The Art Of Falling Behind

We’re two days out of the fall semester. Finals week is behind us, the spring semester and graduation looms. But enough about that. This semester I fell behind. I fell so on my ass so hard that I made an imprint. I was balancing three playwriting classes, an overloaded course schedule, a dramaturgy gig in […]

A Playwriting Podcast

To those who have ever engaged with me on the topic of the accessibility of theatre vs. film, I will tell you that I do not think it is film we have to worry about, but the growing trend of podcasts. Podcasts allow for listeners (for free or for a very low cost or donation) […]

To Those About To Go Abroad…

…travel alone. I know that can be a frightening concept. I know, especially as a solo young woman, that is a potentially dangerous thing to suggest. But I can also tell you that as someone who has traveled for a cumulative month alone, I was anything but that. I think, as theatre artists with varying […]

Demystifying the Dramatis Personae

It’s a sound that every performer has heard, be that a dance recital or a Broadway show: the inevitable folding and refolding of a program. Let’s make one thing clear: I am not out to get rid of programs altogether. Our entire midterm was spent creating program notes. Programs are an artful craft, an opportunity […]

On Returning To A Play

When I was younger, back when I lived in St. Louis and thought ravioli should be toasted, waaaay back before I had ever set foot in New York City, I remember watching the documentary, Every Little Step. The documentary details the massive audition process necessary to revive A Chorus Line on Broadway. One moment in particular stuck with me […]

Theatre That Makes Me Forget About Trump

The college freshman in me would slap me in the face for writing this. The college freshman in me also didn’t know she would graduate under a Donald Trump presitocracy. But I understand the need for escapist theatre, with the caveat that the term “escapist” is contingent upon the times. During The Great Depression, audiences […]

The Net Doesn’t Exist, But You Have To Leap Anyway.

“Leap and the net will appear…” Sometimes, scratch that, many times in your life, you will fall on your ass. Hard. And when that happens, many times over, don’t blame the lack of net. There wasn’t a net to begin with. Where’s the fun in a cozy landing? Here’s the thing: mantras are absolutely necessary […]