Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

My first memory of live theatre was Peter Pan at Philadelphia's Playhouse in the Park in the round. At age five, this was life-changing - to be able to help save Tinker Bell with collective applause. I'm compelled by the power of theatre to confer healing and agency on audiences.

I try to create timeless yet relevant, queer, feminist work that engages on multiple levels. I build from my own experience as a trauma survivor w/chronic illness, a parent and citizen of the world. I've documented human rights abuses; war/occupation informs my work. I write female experience as if it matters. My plays are rarely naturalistic but what I consider Real, inspired by visual artists, philosophers and forever Gertrude Stein. I use myth (making new/deconstructing known), metaphor, and language/composition. I expect a strong collaborative approach. Though I've broken the 4th wall, these days I'm extending the 4th wall to include the audience in new ways.

If theatre is the Seeing Place where diverse communities can come together to experience how language makes story in the mind of the audience, then I want a theatre where everyone is able to speak and be heard with compassion. I want a theatre of collaboration where new plays are developed in a brave space where we can all be inspired to face our demons, manifest our dreams and envision new possibilities. I want a broad theatre of transformation where an audience can see what cannot be experienced in any other medium anywhere. With actors transforming live before our eyes, theatre provides more possibilities for us all.

I write from a beginner's mind and approach creativity as a birthing process. I don't work in straight lines, I enter sideways. I seek new forms. I'm attracted to language/storytelling, song, circus elements, the unexpected which may seem absurd (life-ish), beauty beside grime. My theatre is one of provocative yet imaginative often lyrical play through which life can become bearable.