Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

What fuels my writing? Urgency. In my early 20s when I was working as a professional actor, I was thrilled to be hired for a part—any part. But as I edged towards my 30s I got frustrated auditioning for roles that weren’t wholly developed or even particularly interesting. In the scripts I was reading, nine times out of 10, a one-dimensional female character existed merely as a foil to the more dynamic male character. When I was called in to audition for a stereotypical role of “the nosy neighbor," I realized I had reached a pivotal moment in my life. I could be passive and grateful, or I could reject this questionable “opportunity” and take meaningful action.

With blinding clarity I knew in my heart that if I wasn’t part of the solution, I was part of the problem. So I turned down the audition, quit acting, and enrolled in film school. I committed myself to creating television, film, and stage projects that showcased the stories of fully realized, multi-dimensional women. Today, nothing makes me feel happier than when an actor, who has been cast in one of my plays, tells me how rewarding it is to portray a female character with substance, depth, humor, and humanity. That's why I write what I write, and why I will continue to do so with passion and conviction. So damn the nosy neighbor and the blandly smiling mom and the "hot" woman defined solely by her sexual attractiveness. Now is the time for our real voices to be heard and our authentic stories to be told.