Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

As an artist, I strive to create universal stories that are nuanced, populated by people with eclectic identities, and true to myself. While all of my characters don’t possess the specific traits that make me who I am--after all, how many plays could I write about half-Ukrainian, half-Dominican, socially anxious queer men--my vantage point of observing the world from a few different liminal spaces informs who and what I choose to write about.

The betweenness that is characteristic of my identity is present in the characters I create. I am biracial and often find myself hesitant to claim a seat at any particular cultural table. Similarly, I find myself struggling to define what it means to be part of the queer community, feeling apart from stereotypical “gay male culture.” While my life experiences sitting on the sidelines of already marginalized communities have, at times, compounded my feelings of being an outsider, they have also forced me to find truth and empathy for more humans than I might have felt otherwise. I am attuned to the narratives of people who live at the fringes of various communities, and my goal is to represent those intersectional voices in my work.