Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

Raised in the cornfields of rural Michigan, I'm an NYC-based playwright, composer/lyricist, and performer. I write with a commitment to radical empathy, joyful collaboration, and with a sense of lyricism. As a creator, my work explores what we owe to each other as people and how our responsibility to one another manifests in our interactions with strangers as opposed to people we love. I’m inspired by my own experience as a queer woman who grew up surrounded by poverty to use my art to challenge oppressive systems and diversify the way women and female relationships are portrayed onstage. I believe that theatre is a uniquely qualified vehicle to get audiences to care about the people and stories they might not otherwise listen to, and I want to use it as a tool to ask people to practice empathy outside of the circles they normally would.

I want to navigate these questions of empathy and collectivism while caring about my characters and audience along the way. Much of my work uses outer space and magical realism as a context and an anchor to tell these stories of compassion and responsibility. I write about people affected by poverty and kids with relationships to welfare systems because I want people to look at the things we find easier to ignore.