I am most interested in New Works of Theatre and creating them – whether as a writer, designer or performer. Theatre is, in essence, a radical act of empathy toward the other, whether that be from artist to artist, artist to audience, or vice versa. In today’s world, where differences often divide, telling our stories in an honest and innovative way can create platforms for discussion, connection and change.
There is also a recent surge of well-deserved attention to telling stories with integrity, specifically geared towards giving power to the people whose stories are being told. Are we allowed to tell stories which do not directly reflect XYZ in our identities? I am invested in wrestling with the concept of responsible storytelling with students while still providing platforms for students to step into shoes of persons different than themselves, for what better way is there to empathize than to find parts of a character or playwright, actor or designer that are like us when we thought we were completely different?