What inspires you? Telling brave, bold, stories that reveal human truths. As a director, I write plays that I would want to direct. Plays that I feel are challenging and exciting for both actors and directors to work on. I’m usually inspired by real-life stories that have a sense of mystery or intrigue. My first play, You Are Perfect, was inspired by the story of Manson follower Susan Atkins. My newest play, Broken Story, was inspired by the brutal murder of an LA novelist. I think all plays should have an element of suspense–it moves the story forward and keeps the audience engaged. I love plays that have an “ah-ha” moment.
|Photo collage of White Horse Theatre productions. Original photos by John Robert Hoffman and Ruth Albertyn Levan TK|
What are your goals? To reach as many people as possible with my new play, Broken Story. Another goal is for the White Horse Theater Company to outlive me.
Do you have any advice for your fellow artists? Work to live. It does not matter how you make a living, as long as you have the time and money to make your art. Don’t be afraid to ask for money. I think artists today have to be entrepreneurs–meaning we have to find a means to an end–a way to support ourselves and the work.
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