Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

Over the last five years, I’ve had fifteen mailing addresses, from a basement in Sioux City, Iowa to a dorm in the United Kingdom. From a resume perspective, this can be perplexing, but I take a journalistic approach to playwriting, trying to immerse myself in unique situations to gain a better understanding of the stories around me, whether that means moving to Iowa with the Hillary Clinton campaign or living in Glasgow working with international collaborators at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Whether illuminating the verisimilitude of campaigns or the nuances of the U.K.’s relationship with America, these experiences strengthened my scripts for both the election satire DREAM TICKET at the Players Theatre off-Broadway and ATLANTIC: AMERICA & THE GREAT WAR for the Edinburgh Fringe. For my master’s thesis at the University of Oxford, I also was afforded the opportunity to dive headfirst into 150 American cities and towns while driving to all 50 states to hear stories from elected officials and voters from all walks of life. This experience gave me a broad scope of new stories and challenged my preconceived notions about the country I live in. I want to use playwriting to tell individual stories that shed light on greater social trends in America, and this is why one of my proposed projects is “50 Plays for 50 States,” a series of plays that seeks to uncover regional issues through stories of the diverse states across America. There are so many misconceptions and mischaracterizations about different places in our country, and I think theatre can be an active tool in combatting that.

I’m a strong believer that theatre can serve as a forum for constructive conversation about the issues that face us in our municipalities, states, and democracy. I want to write plays where people recognize themselves. My writing is focused on regional experiences and issues, creating stories about people from all walks of life that aim to illuminate new understandings of the cultural moment we live in.