Workshop Ahead

Workshop Ahead

Every playwright I know is excited by the idea of a workshop, and I’m no different. Getting a script off of the page and into actors’ mouths is crucial for a play’s development. I’m currently lucky enough to be anticipating a week-long workshop at the University of Tulsa as the 2017 winner of WomenWorks. As […]

Taylor Mac and the Whole World

In this article, the director of HowlRound interviews Taylor Mac, starting with judy’s current project: Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus (working title). The play is about “cycles of mess, cycles of revenge … from the perspective of people who are responsible for the cleanup, but who don’t get any of the benefits of the mess […]

Why heightened text is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea.

Why heightened text is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea.

THE PLACE OF HEIGHTENED TEXT IN TODAY’S WORLD Heightened text is present in a lot of the world’s best-known stories, from the ancient Greeks to Shakespeare to…who was the guy who wrote something that was kind of like Shakespeare, but with more blood?*    Source:, Feb 2016 Heightened text is pretty omnipresent whenever we […]

Dramaturgy: Chicken Soup for the Soul

This afternoon, in our New Play Development class, we video chatted with dramaturg, theatre-maker, and all-around lady boss Catherine María Rodríguez. Hearing her speak passionately about how she defines dramaturgy, how her work intersects with activism, and her all-around joy to be doing what she does illuminated something within me. Ideas simmering below the surface began […]

Help Me Help You Help Me

I recently came across a HowlRound article that I can’t seem to get out of my head. It’s titled What are We Watching? What are We Teaching? Preparing Acting Students for the New Golden Age, and was written by actor-director-teacher Welker White. Here is one of my favorite passages: Right now, students at hundreds of MFA […]

It’s Happening Here: Berkeley Rep’s Production of IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE Still Relevant

I thought I’d check out what leading theatres in my home state of California have been up to, and I came across Berkeley Rep’s late 2016 project “It Can’t Happen Here,” a timely play co-adapted by Berkeley Rep’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen. The piece is based on Sinclair Lewis’s novel “It […]

Color Conscious: 50 Shades of Yellow

It’s 2017 in America, and the cultural representation of Asian Americans is dominated by the white imagination. This isn’t news. It’s been actively fought for decades, and lately has entered the mainstream with more frequency thanks to the efforts of a horde of bloggers and Aziz Ansari. If you’re reading this blog, you probably have […]