Surel’s Place, Garden City, ID, Feb. 2018
I spent a creatively nurturing and productive month as a writer-in-residence at Surel’s Place.
While I was there, I taught a workshop titled, Tackling the Ten-Minute Play.
Synopsis of Workshop:
Ten-minute play festivals, produced by many theatre companies, provide an opportunity
for playwrights in all stages of their career to share their work with an audience and create community with other theatre artists. In Tackling the Ten-Minute Play we explored the various components of a strong ten-minute play including: play structure, creating conflict, crafting characters, and developing dialogue. This workshop will also explore tips for editing and refining your final manuscript and navigating the submission process when you are ready to submit your work.
There also was a reading of my dark comedy, The Black Triangle on Feb 22nd at the Visual Arts Collective. The staged reading was a collaboration between Surel’s Place and Alley Repertory Theater, for their series “The Age of Women.” We received a great write-up in Boise Weekly.
There additionally, was a reading at Surel’s Place with Treasure Valley Children’s Theatre of two of my new plays for young audiences.
The Bead Project
UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY Sept.-Nov. 2015
The Bead Project is a scholarship program for women. Over the course of ten classes at the UrbanGlass studios, students learn the art of glass beadmaking and simple jewelry fabrication techniques. After successful fulfillment of The Bead Project curriculum, students receive a kit containing the necessary tools and equipment for continuing to produce their work. Ongoing advocacy is provided to graduates by The Bead Project and UrbanGlass.
March 2015 Alternative, Environmental Art, Raumers, Rauma, Finland
Letter Press Publishing Seminar for Emerging Writers
The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY, Nov. 2014
I was 1 of 8 participants selected for the Letterpress Publishing Seminar for Emerging Writers at The Center for Book Arts in New York City, November 4-9th.
Participants heard lectures from various professionals in the field – printers, fine press publishers, book artists, and dealers, to get a practical overview of letterpress printing and small press publishing. They will learn the basics of letterpress printing, both traditional typesetting and options with new technology, by collaboratively printing a small edition of broadsides or other projects.
Bang Phra, Thailand, May 2014
I created puppets and devised a production with elementary students.
Enigmata Treehouse and Ecolodge
Camiguin, Philippines, April 2014
I created masks, props, and costume pieces at a local arts camp. I also led a writing workshop with young artists.
My deep, heartfelt gratitude to healer, activist, visual artist, dancer, and force for good, Rosalie, for sharing her community with me.
The League Residency at Vyt
Sparkill, NY, March 2014
Sponsored under the auspices of the Ruth Katzman Scholarship (Thank you!).
Many cultures, past and present, had spirits and deities as part of the natural world. They saw the world as sacred, worthy of stewardship, full of stories and that affected their relationship or understanding of natural places.
“Personifications,” explores how our relationship with an environment changes when the space is personified.
Costumes: Christine Samar
Photography: Nina Berlingeri and Lavinia Roberts