Issue 28 (July 2022) - Publication
Magpie, a novel
Publication by Unleash Press
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Volume isn't Accuracy
GRASP Journal - Fall 2022
Accepted into the Honors Writing Graduate Program
The New School - NYC
Beatrice Terry Directing Residency
2022 Book Award
*publication date TBA
Dramatists Guild Institute
Award Recipient - Fiction
Bread Loaf Writer's Conference
Sundance Co//ab 2021-22
Bridges, thresholds, and liminal spaces. They tell us what is now is not what must always be. They are a transition, acknowledging both history and possibility. Transitional realms are hopeful. Hope can elicit curiosity in the most clenched of minds.
Over the years, bridges became a metaphor for how I approach my work. Perhaps because they've always made my heart race. They also always made me a little uncomfortable. They have a language all their own. A liminal threshold from one place to another, hovering over untraversable space. A span both magical and practical. I believe if time is taken to understand the chasm between the points to be bridged, the means and method of what, where, and how to build will reveal themselves.
The arts have an opportunity to play a powerful role in social justice and cultural change. We must step bravely into that which is unknown or uncomfortable if society is to be inspired to follow suit. Stepping onto a bridge is an act of faith. I believe if artists create works of beauty and courage, those works might become both the bridge and the act; inspiring humanity and bravery in our audiences.
That last thing I'll say here is that I've clocked enough time on the planet to have learned no one changes their mind because they're told their deeply held beliefs or identity is stupid and wrong. We have to find another way out of our societal stalemate. A story, powerfully told...one that steers clear of lecturing, shaming or inevitably bleak dystopias...has the potential to bridge us. Give us a means back to one another towards, perhaps not necessarily shared beliefs and choices, but shared humanity.
a sensorially immersive world of performance art, large scale puppetry, installations and soundscapes to examine how the human mind gathers, processes and decides truths.
co-created and produced with TÉA Artistry
a mini documentary following the development of a full length movement play about an isolated young woman trying to build a life for herself in New York City.
MMDG / Ailey Center workshop footage
a short film about disconnection and loss.
Executive Produced by Duke Films
premiered at OIFF 2017
Magpie uses the lens of a quirky, oddly soulful first-person narrator to explore the roots of apathy, identity plasticity in women with undiagnosed autism, and the far-reaching ramifications of appropriating the cultures and traditions of others in our search for meaning and belonging.
*recipient of the 2022 Unleash Press Book Prize
Feature film in development in partnership with LaWanda Hopkins.
"Truth like death, kills what came before."
Full length play inspired by Nawal El Saadawi's Woman at Point Zero.
(Finalist, Doug & Victoria Ross Foundation - Playwriting Award)
Hybrid physical theatre play about gender shaming and purity hazing of young females in church youth groups.
One act play