Pittsburgh Here I Come!

Thrilled to share that I’ve been accepted into Carnegie Mellon University’s playwriting MFA for fall of 2018. We’ll be moving to Pittsburgh in August and I am thrilled to check out that whole “seasons” thing again. Been a while. What’s a sweater?

I will be joining 5 other awesome playwrights in the class of 2020.’

So if you’re in the area or know someone who is, hit me up!

 

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National Winter Playwrights Retreat

So excited to share that I have just been offered (and accepted) a week with the HBMG Foundation’s National Winter Playwrights Retreat! As I’m sure a lot of people know (since I won’t stop talking about it) I am from Minnesota, by way of Chicago. So I love winter, and I love snow, and I cannot wait to get up to Creede, CO for one week in February to make some art!

There will be mountains, there will be cozy sweaters, there will be cocoa, writing, and, I am told, Jeeps! As Houston settles into its 9th month of summer, this could not sound more delightful.

Montauk 4Lyfe

I have just returned from my incredible Albee Foundation Fellowship in Montauk, NY. It was more than I ever could have imagined as both a respite from the daily grind (Hello, three jobs! Oh, how I have not missed you.), and as a really wonderful setting to create. I revised 1 play, wrote two full-length plays, and began sketching out an idea for another full length play and also a TV pilot (hey, a girl can dream!)

The whole time I was surrounded by incredible artists, beautiful beaches, delicious (and maddeningly expensive) farmers’ market fare, and a wonderful caretaker, Rex, who recommended all the best places and helped me find my dog when she temporarily got lost.

I finished up my trip with a 48-hour whirlwind in NYC, where I saw 3 plays and met with 6 awesome & talented theater professionals, all of whom were encouraging and insightful about the industry.

Overall, it could not have been a better experience, and I have every intention of applying again in the future. Obviously fellowships agree with me.

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My furbaby, Bechdel, in my room at the Barn. Literally a Room of One’s Own. You know, assuming the “one” refers in this instance to my dog.

Mid-America Theatre Conference

The Mid-America Theatre Conference is being held in Houston this year and I am honored to be included as a playwright in their playwright’s symposium. There will be a development process and staged reading for my play Changeling Play, about two sisters-one of whom believes she is a changeling-who don’t know where they fit in to their community. I will also be attending the full conference, so if you’re a theater artist in the area, come say hi!

Alley All New Festival

I am thrilled and delighted to be the literary assistant at the Alley Theatre, where I have been fortunate to assist the brilliant Liz Frankel and Skyler Gray in putting together the Alley All New Festival. This will be the second year of the festival and I am thrilled about our lineup of plays. Performances of all the developmental work is free and open to the public, and a weekend pass (which includes meals, exclusive parties, and access to otherwise sold-out shows) is only $210. If you’re around Houston this is a fantastic chance to see wonderful plays and meet amazing artists! I’ll be around the Alley nonstop in the weeks ahead, so if you do come by, say hello!

The Future is Female

I am producing and writing for this fantastic festival! It will take place in March 2017 and feature local female playwrights! Dates and details forthcoming.

Here is a blurb:

“The Future Is Female Festival invites individuals and theatre companies across the US to host productions or readings this March (2017) of ten-minute plays written by women of all backgrounds on the subject “the future is female,” and what that looks like and/or means to them.

All of the readings and shows will be performed under one unifying umbrella; by joining together in a shared festival happening simultaneously in numerous places, our voices will be louder. Instead of spending the month celebrating women’s history, we’ll celebrate women’s futures.

The Future Is Female Festival is a creation of playwright Mya Kagan.”