A Creative Shift – Writing Resolutions for 2018

2017 felt like a year of creative shifting for me. A year marked, of course, with feelings of helplessness and darkness, but also with the spark of an idea. My fellow artists:  We are the ones who’ve been invited to see the world deeply and poignantly and it is our job to set it down, to set it all down,…

“How do such things begin?”

I just closed a production of Our Town, in which the Stage Manager asks, “How do such things begin?” of Emily and George’s eventual marriage. This question has been echoing through my mind a lot, lately, as I embark on a new writing project. It all feels so familiar: the empty pages of the beginning of a novel filling me…

What We Talk About When We Talk About Publishing

It is rare for someone to ask me about my writing. It is so rare, in fact, that when it happens, I feel suddenly tongue-tied, and speak in sweeping statements that are likely confusing, and lead the other person into thinking that I don’t want to talk about my work. After a lot of introspection, I think that this happens…

Let Me Show You

I had a recent conversation with someone who was shocked to find out that I’m an actor. But you’re so quiet, this person had said. I usually think of performers as being narcissistic and hungry for attention. I bristled at this, of course. I felt immediately defensive, as many of my friends are people I met through theater. I had…

Waiting for Magic

The most common question I’m asked (and the most common question I ask of writer/parents in return) is: HOW?  How is it possible to be a primary caregiver and work in the arts at the same time?  What’s your secret? Do you spend approximately eleven million dollars on babysitters? Do you get up and write at 4am? Do you ever…