Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

I write plays about learning how to belong to yourself.

As a queer woman with a disability, representation is always core to my work. But I want to write complex, intersectional characters who aren’t solely defined by the boxes they check. Instead, I try to build feminist, character-driven windows into these identities that explore the ways we grieve and grow inside them.

My work resists the urge to dismiss anyone as a monster, instead holding everyone accountable to their humanity and examining the ways we fail to honor it. I like to experiment with time and memory, contrasting fantasy with grounded reality to turn people inside out and illuminate invisible truths. I don’t want to settle for showing what something looked like– I want people to know how it felt.

Before starting my MFA playwriting program at Boston University, I worked with a variety of Chicago nonprofits that serve people who have experienced complex trauma and sexual violence. This chapter of my life solidified my belief that nuanced, trauma-informed theatre is not only possible, but also more dramatically satisfying. This approach also creates space to explore how violence and oppression are internalized instead of simply recreating them onstage in ways that alienate audiences or actors who have lived experience with it.

So that’s what I try to do.

Embrace bold theatricality to dig deep and find the hidden light in dark topics.
Create characters who can see what’s broken and still fight like hell to make it better.
Write to reflect a world where radical empathy is an act of rebellion against hopelessness.