Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

I came into writing plays while pursuing a career as a stage actor, from a place of feeling a deep disconnection to this world and only feeling "safe" and "part of it" when diving into the exploration and performance of a character in a play.

In January 2019 I launched the Santa Fe Playhouse Young Playwrights Project, a free creative writing program for at-risk, underserved and unheard kids and teens. I facilitated workshops for these students because I passionately believe in the healing and educational power of finding one's voice, having a safe and brave space to nurture one's voice and the importance of having a platform to share it, if desired.

In APRIL 2021 the independent YOUNG CREATORS PROJECT was born out of the need to no longer be under the umbrella of an institution, and the range of creative expressions that are now nurtured include Video-Creation, Animation, Radio Drama, Poetry and Music.

My life's journey has often taken me away from performing and/or writing for theatre for years at a time, but the politics and pandemic of 2020 has re-taught me that I MUST write. Playwriting is the form that speaks to me as the language of hope, transformation and possibility and I believe theatre is still a medium that has great potential to help inspire positive change.

My plays tend to be about subjects that pain me, frighten me or enrage me and are inhabited with characters that seem to try to teach me something: about myself, about the world we live in, and about possibilities.

Writing plays helps me to communicate in ways, often surprising and mysterious even to myself, that the everyday communications fail to achieve.

Theatre helps me to stay here in this crazy word and try to find meaning, messages and hope. And humor. My plays often tend to be on the "dark-comedy" spectrum and I have found, from experience, the humor comes alive when it transcends the limitations of the written page.

December 2020 I have committed to finally putting my work here on NPX. It is a safe, brave space filled with brave, extraordinary writers and I am grateful for the opportunity to share my work here in this community.

I'll be adding pieces a bit at a time as I dig up older works and refine newer works.

I am a proud member of the Dramatist Guild as well as a member of HONOR ROLL!: an advocacy and action group of women+ playwrights over forty - and our allies - whose goal is our inclusion in theater. We are the generation excluded at the outset of our careers because of sexism, now overlooked because of ageism. We celebrate diversity in theater and work to call attention to the negative impact of age discrimination alongside gender, race, ethnicity, faith, socioeconomic status, disability, and sexual orientation in the American Theatre and beyond.