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!