Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

I grew up in Pittsburgh, between houses in radically different realities. Dad was a right-wing evangelical doctor. Mom was a progressive, feminist minister. They divorced when I was 2. So one week, I’d be at a stranger’s funeral, and the next, I’d be at a Billy Graham crusade. My parents didn’t speak to each other; I was the battleground in their private culture war. Compliance was key to survival. Rules were unspoken and constantly shifting. As an adult, I’ve worked to give women and girls the room I’d lacked to inhabit themselves and their lives fully. First through education, and now as a playwright.

Straddling fundamentalist dogma and performative progressiveness has made me a playwright fascinated by boundary. In my plays, I twist genre and archetype to tease the audience away from the comfort of their assumptions while offering entertainment as a reward for not leaving (no one listens to a sermon). I write a lot about the profound difficulty women have finding safe spaces to exist in fully and the tension created when that room is denied. On stage, I aim to make art that is impossible, true, and feminist, using the interplay of humor and horror to invite a collective examination of uncomfortable questions we’re not supposed to let into the room.