Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

I am a workhorse. I use all the spare time I have to either write, submit my work for consideration, or read. The rest of my time is devoted to my wonderful family, as I’m a part-time writer, and full-time stay at home parent.

I’m inspired by questions that don’t have answers. I love tackling a complex issue or subject and giving the that messy and complicated world back to my audience. I don’t believe as a theater artist it’s my place to tell an audience what to think, but instead to put work in front of them that forces them to question what they believe. Our world is far from black and white, I don’t think we serve anyone by creating art that sticks to that dichotomy. I am often drawn to the stories of women and girls. I acted for many years before I started to write for the stage and found myself disappointed again and again at the lack of roles available to me. So in addition to writing plays that challenge the status quo and make my audiences think, I also want to write plays complex roles for women. Not strong women or weak women, not evil vixens, or innocent virgins; flesh and blood women who have agency but may not use honest means for reaching their goals, and conflicted women who don’t have a clear path to “right” or “wrong”, and scared women that must muster bravery they didn’t know they were capable of to continue on their journey, and wrong women who want terrible things, and everything in between. I want to write female characters like the tragic heroes of Shakespeare. I want to show the world that the stories of women are human stories, and you don’t have to identify as female in order to benefit from being immersed in one.

The types of plays I write vary quite a bit; I have a full-length TYA sci-fi play, a full-length about male friendship and body image, as well as a non-linear play that explores consent and date-rape. And while I enjoy exploring and experimenting with many different genres, I always find myself drawn to both the personal and the complex. I believe that by using complex characters to tell specific stories you can not only give people the time to relate and have an emotional response, but also the space to question their own values. For me the power in theater is that we bring people together, in one place, to share breath and to walk in the shoes of others. And that today, right now, in this world and in this country, empathy is a muscle we all need to be exercising. The ability to put ourselves in the lives of others and allow ourselves to imagine what those lives might be like. As all the terrible politics try and separate us as human beings, theater aims to bring us together. If I can encourage any use of empathy within my audience, or give them the space to look at the world differently, I feel like my job has been accomplished.