ABRUPTLY, AUSTEN at Soaring Gardens

Just got back from the wonderful Soaring Gardens Artist Retreat, where I developed my SEVEN adaptations of Jane Austen’s ouvre for puppets with my good friend and collaborator D.T. Burns. We not only developed the scripts, but also built over 80 puppets and shot videos of the plays, which will be forthcoming on your internet machine to watch in 2023!

Look what we did!

For Austen-themed jokes, follow us on Twitter!

For more info on the project, check out our silly little website!

THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING at Hollywood Fringe

I simply cannot wait to see my 5-minute opera, THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING: A LOVE STORY, composed by Joshua Brown, presented in animated form with a live singer at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.

New Opera West will feature THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING along with two other video projects at a two-night event at the Hudson Guild Theatre. Tickets are free, drinks are complimentary, and both evenings will be followed by a brief talkback with the artists (including me) – so come hang out!

This piece was animated by the talented Ankita Panda, and will have live vocals by Maria Lindsey. New Opera West will also release the animation in a digital format, with vocals by Colleen McGovern.

CMU Playwrights Featured on 3Views

So excited to share that I and my cohort from Carnegie Mellon have been featured on 3 Views on Theater, a new theater criticism website.

There is a cute little profile of us as a group and we were each interveiwed about our work and art in the time of pandemic! You can look at my profile and read an excerpt of my work here.

We spent a bit of time talking about my featured play HOW TO LIVE FOREVER, which was also my thesis workshop production at Carnegie Mellon. I’m deep in the middle of a big rewrite so get excited for that!

A Week of SPACE

I had the most beautiful week at SPACE on Ryder Farm last week working on a new play and getting fed 3 glorious square meals a day by a really talented chef.

I also got to pet a horse and went swimming and stand-up paddle boarding in a lake.

I read a lot and wrote a lot and slept a lot and met some very cool artists. Basically, it was perfect.

Kennedy Center National Student Playwriting Award

My play TOMORROW GAME won the Kennedy Center’s Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award, which comes with a big cash prize, option to publish, and the invitation to attend this weeks Student Playwriting Festival–which I did!

And I’m so happy to have met so many wonderful playwrights, directors, and dramaturgs, as well as the many incredibly talented and smart guest artists that came in to work with us on our plays and talk to us about art.

I’m also thrilled to share this video of the 10-minute excerpt of my play that was featured on the Millennium Stage! Check it out (minute 46 is me)!

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!