Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement



Live theatre creates empathy – especially in young audiences who are soaking it all in. A young person watching a character’s transformation is personal. In a great sense, there is no fourth wall. The characters are touchable, eye contact can be made, connections are forged. This is a hugely challenging world for everyone. I have always been buoyed by stories. Tales of young people who against all odds did remarkable things. How did 12 year-old Mary Anning – illiterate and impoverished - make one of the more significant discoveries in the world of paleontology in the early 1800’s? How did Sophie Scholl - the quintessential “good German girl” go from bystander in the Nazi era to activism against them? These are bumpy, dramatic questions that when asked onstage can hold the hands of young audiences and guide them through new territory. These stories tell them that life has always been challenging and how can we cope?

I love collaboration. I love other eyes and ears and brains working to make a play come alive. (I love it a lot when it is my play.) Today, writing feels like unlocking mysteries. There are a lot of quiet deeds and hidden stories that when unearthed could brighten our lives.