Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

As a deeply skeptical child, I was loath to believe in magic. The first moment I remember being positively convinced of its existence was during a production of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by the Minnesota Children’s Theatre. From the moment Mr. Toad took his wild ride, I have believed in magic and have wanted nothing more than to create it. I want to conjure moments where unbelievably beautiful or terrifying things happen, where people do the impossible, where the world is at her best or worst. I believe that the closest thing to magic in the real world is in the telling of stories and in bringing them to life. As such, ​the stories I enjoy telling –for TV, film, and stage- are those that exist in a heightened theatrical space. From this slightly altered reality, I can explore social issues that rattle, disturb, and intrigue me (internet trolling, violence against women, sexuality etc.) while also incorporating fantastical, magical elements that elevate everyday human struggles and emotions into the realm of the epic and mythical​.

My writing is borne in the intersection where my anger and frustration with society/humanity meet my awe and curiosity about the planet’s inhabitants. As such, a large focus of my work is giving voice to women dealing with life-shattering upheavals or who live outside of societal norms or expectations. I am eager to tell women’s stories and find a way to fight against the demeaning and minimizing idea that those types of stories constitute a ”women’s” or “women’s issue” play, movie, or TV show. These stories and characters are universal and important and relevant to both sexes, and I try my hardest to create plays that challenge the idea that only women can relate to other women or to certain subjects