Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

In Jewish tradition, a quorum of ten people, called a minyan, is required for public worship, teaching us that we cannot rise to our greatest spiritual potential alone. What excites me about theater is the notion that storytelling can foster community. Like the minyan, theater fights unreservedly against loneliness, demanding that the audience actively engage in compassion to seek meaning. As a playwright, I want audiences to feel part of a minyan—a community actively resisting the loneliness of being alive.
This idea extends to my firm belief in a theater of compassion, one that constantly drives towards empathy and understanding. I seek to create theater that speaks to the generosity of the human spirit. My plays celebrate change rather than criticizing, using aspirational storytelling to rewrite the rules of our social world.
My plays speak to the changing landscape of American history, relying on historical context to shed light on the present and future. Whether depicting Jewish refugees or sorority girls, my plays give voice to everyday, human stories that have hitherto been silenced or stereotyped. They mine and explore the daily triumphs and tragedies of the uniquely feminine American experience. I also seek to redefine and sculpt the contemporary Jewish narrative, using Jewish history and spirituality to transform our preconceptions of ‘Jewish theater.’