Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

Originally from Boston with a bi-coastal sensibility, I am an LA-based playwright/screenwriter whose work explores complex social issues through intimate relationships. I observe characters and situations closely, mining humor in darkness, and finding moments of levity in discomfort. I excavate my characters deeply, so my audience will be invested in their journeys, ideally making a lasting impression long after the lights go up.

In my work, I explore big themes, yet I illuminate them on a human level. Relationships, identity, trauma, betrayal, mental illness, grief, disability, choice-making, female empowerment. These are some of the subjects I’ve explored in my work. I don't write only female characters, but complex women are at the center of my work. I am drawn to situations without easy answers – messy scenarios that inevitably get messier, with truths that must be unearthed before they can be understood.

In some form, healing is always at the center of what I’m writing, although it’s not always obvious. My work is a blend of the dramatic and the comedic, with some magic and a few curve balls thrown in. I aim to offer poetry and theatricality in my stage directions, as well as moments of stillness and silence. People have shared that my writing has so much emotion, so much heart. To me, this is a great compliment, because in writing for the theatre, my goal is to make people feel in a new way and to leave the theatre changed. Maybe that change is something that can be vocalized in the lobby after the show, or maybe it's ineffable…something that hits you days later; in the shower; walking the dog. Either way, my writing is a means to emotionally connect with an audience, with the hope that we all feel more connected than when we arrived.