ARTISTIC STATEMENT: I write about things that resonate deeply with me. Hence, the theme that ends up appearing in much of my work has to do with the enduring power of love. Living in the mess, and learning what it really means to love oneself and others – this is of great import and interest to me. I believe theatre has a unique ability to convey this learning in ways that may literally help save our world. And entertain us in the process. Such a deal!
In 2016, I had my first short play (“Mind Your Own Abyssness”) produced at a local community college. That’s all it took – I was hooked. The joy of collaboration, the thrill of seeing actors bring to life the words and story I had carefully crafted… hearing the audience reaction, knowing my story had deeply touched people…
That experience inspired me to keep writing. To “sit butt in chair” and let ideas flow through me. To sit for many, many more hours while making the major rewrites and/or painstaking “tweaks” called for in the revision processes. Fortunately, I love the process of both writing and revising as much as I love sharing the end product.
And I have things to say! My background as a healing artist and performing artist combine nicely in this form of creative expression. It’s fascinating to watch words flow out and characters reveal themselves. It’s also fascinating to see how similar “messages” that I deeply believe in manage to work their way into very diverse stories.
I’ve been very fortunate to have had a number of plays produced locally and abroad in the relatively short time I’ve been writing. For one of them (“End of the Rope”), I had the joy of acting in its local debut performance, as well as creating the recorded soundscape with my crystal singing bowls! It was a richly rewarding – and fun! – experience. That play went on to be seen around the world, garnering some heart-warming awards along the way.