I write stories about women learning how to belong to themselves.
Prior to starting my MFA program at Boston University, I spent the last five years living in Chicago as a playwright and accessibility advocate. During this time, I worked with a variety of local nonprofits that specialized in serving people who have experienced complex trauma, mental illnesses, substance use disorders, human trafficking, and sexual violence. Both my lived experience and my work within these communities emphasized the importance of giving nuanced, but accessible language to these topics through character-driven storytelling.
I strive to create trauma-informed theatre about trauma. This may sound second nature, but most plays that explore trauma aren’t written with the consideration of how performing in or watching the production would be experienced by people who have lived the reality of what the play is discussing. We often explore these topics by simply recreating violence and brutality onstage, sometimes using disabilities or abuse as spectacle, asking actors and audiences to relive harmful situations for the sake of appearing raw and gritty.
I believe theatre should absolutely be bold, challenging, and sometimes uncomfortable. I also believe there are more creative and conscientious ways to tell these stories.
By utilizing theatricality, incorporating design elements and nonrealistic storytelling to illuminate what trauma feels like from the inside out, I aim to create entry points into potentially triggering material that is engaging for people who don’t share that lived experience, but isn’t re-traumatizing for audience members who do. Prioritizing this artistic accountability is also important because my work predominantly features roles for female identifying and non-binary performers who often have lived experience with the themes I tend to explore. I believe it is equally important to honor the humanity of the characters I write, the people who play them, and the audiences who see my work.