Goodbye Pittsburgh, Hello LA!

I’m excited to be embarking on yet another big adventure: I have just just moved to Los Angeles, CA!

With the Coronavirus Pandemic still in full swing it’s an extremely weird time to be moving to the home of crowds, drought, earthquakes, and wildfires! Nevertheless I’m pumped to be here and looking forward to getting acquainted with the theatre (when it revives), film/TV, and most importantly, tacos, that call this gigantic city home.

I’m confident next time I post it will be a selfie with Blake and Ryan at a casual dinner/drinks thing in their totally understated mansion. Blake and I had the same high school Show Choir choreographer so I’m sure she’s planning to give me a ring any day now.

ICKipedia Theatre – MacBADth

So delighted to be working with some of my fave collaborators Joshua Brown and Lauren D’Errico on their brand-new project: The ICKipedia Theatre Podcast.

You can learn more at their website, but it’s basically a podcast designed to feature new work inspired by old work, and to poke fun at Classic Theatre by performing radio play versions of the Wikipedia article about the play!

I am proud to be the director of the spoof portion of the first episode: MacBADth, a very bad (but so so good) Macbeth adaptation. The play will be paired with an excerpt of a really actually great play, beth by Alex Lin.

The podcast will be airing sometime in September, so stay tuned!

And if you want to support the artists who are making this pristine piece of Very Serious Art (including me!), you can do that here.

Mid-America Theater Conference HOW TO BE A PERSON

Was delighted to attend the Mid-America Theater Conference to develop my short play HOW TO BE A PERSON with dramaturg Matt Fotis and director Tyrrell Woolbert, starring Andre Garner and Julia Moriarty.

I learned a ton about the play and next steps for its development, and had a blast visiting my old stomping ground of Chicago!

PTC Playlab at Actors Theatre of Louisville

Had the most glorious and productive weekend in Louisville workshopping my play EVERYBODY’S DEAD: A COMEDY at Actors Theatre. Directed by the brilliant Nora Gair, with dramaturgy & curation/casting by the divine Joshua Brown, I learned a ton about the play, added several scenes, and can’t wait for my next opportunity to share it!

Performers Gabriela Llarena, Germainne Lebron, and Kat Pena were delightful to work with and embodied the characters super quickly.

Bourbon Trail Immersive Research

I was so delighted to get a GUSH grant from CMU to help support my travel to Kentucky to research the historic bourbon industry for my upcoming alt-history science screenplay!

The screenplay is still in the research/development process but I know that I want it to be set in the early days of American Whiskey production around the 1830s, which is a time before a lot of the industry was documenting everything they were doing for posterity. To try to get a sense of Kentucky around that time, I visited 10+ distilleries (I seriously lost count) as well as a barrel-manufacturer, a historic house, the whiskey museum, and spent a night in the historic Shaker village!

How to Live Forever at CMU

Very excited to share that my graduate thesis play, How to Live Forever, will have a workshop production at City Theatre’s Hamburg Studio Theatre next week! The play is directed by the fantastic senior CMU director Nora Gair.

The event is free and open to the public, and tickets are first-come first-serve on the day of the performance. See the show:

Saturday, Nov. 16 – 4:00 PM

Monday, Nov. 18 – 630 PM

Tuesday, Nov. 19 – 9:00 PM