Directing Co-Opera with CMU & Pittsburgh Opera

Excited to share that I’m directing LANGUAGEMACHINE, a new opera by Lauren D’Errico and Ramin Akhavijou.

LANGUAGEMACHINE is going to be one of three new operas written by CMU MFA playwrights, with music by graduate students from the school of music.

It will be presented at Pittsburgh Opera on Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, April 14 at 5:30 PM.

KCACTF National Student Playwriting Award

So excited to share that my play TOMORROW GAME is the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award!

The award comes with a cash prize, membership in the Dramatists Guild and the Playwright’s Center, an offer of publication from Samuel French, attendance at the National Festival at the Kennedy Center this April, and a professional development residency this summer.

I am looking forward to joining my fellow student playwrights at the festival in April!

Tepper Women’s Leadership Conference

Had a lovely time today at the Tepper School of Business Women’s Leadership Conference!

There were two really wonderful and informative keynote speakers and I also attended a breakout session on negotiation. Really great to meet a bunch of driven and smart women leaders and eat chicken together! (also a rare/lovely chance to talk to people with non-art jobs. So different and yet so not.)

Looking forward to attending again next year!

Houston: That’s a Wrap

Thanks to everyone over at Mildred’s Umbrella for a wonderful reading and post-show discussion!

The entire Consenting Bodies series was rad, and I was impressed with all the in-depth discussion of the themes brought up by these three awesome plays.

Here’s a candid of me looking Minnesota Fancy in my favorite plaid shirt at the talkback:

That’s me on the far left! With the wonderful director and festival coordinator Bree Bridger, Dano Colon (Bryan), Callina Anderson (Monica), and mediating the talkback, Danielle Bunch who directed THE MORNING AFTER by Erica Saleh, and played Bree in BULLY by Amina Henry.

And here’s a pic of the second most-important thing I did while back in Texas:

Nobody makes a Julep like they do in the south, and nobody makes a cocktail like they do at Anvil Bar & Refuge!

Consenting Bodies a “Must Do”

Houstonia Magazine published this great feature of the Consenting Bodies Readings. The article includes some fantastic quotes from Bree Bridger, who is curating the festival, as well as directing my play, KRAV MAGA!

Equally excitingly, they’ve included the reading series as one of their weekly “Five Things You Must Do This Weekend” in Houston!

I am so very excited about this reading, and can’t wait to see all my Houston buds this weekend!

KRAV MAGA!: Mildred’s Umbrella’s Consenting Bodies Series

I will be heading back to warm(ish) winter Houston this January for a reading of my play KRAV MAGA! at Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre.

I loveĀ Mildred’s, as they put on great work by women artists, and Collective 48 co-produced the Houston outpost of The Future is Female festival with them in 2017, which was so awesome.

The reading of KRAV MAGA! is going to be part of a new reading series run by co-literary manager Bree Bridger. There will be three plays about women/bodies/consent and KRAV MAGA! will be the final one, followed by a reception. Bree is the director and I was able to Skype into the first read-through–the cast is awesome and I can’t wait!

Get tickets to KRAV MAGA! and the other plays here.

(Also can’t wait to get a little authentic Tex-Mex in me. Pittsburgh is great at a lot of things, but alas, not tacos.)