Writing

Writing

Both as a staff member at Sideshow Theatre Company, and as a writer for Scapi Magazine, I have taken on the task of interviewing artists and creating articles that discuss their work, their philosophies, their lives, and their personality. The results are always colorful, understandable, and fascinating glimpses into the minds of fellow artists.

SCAPI MAGAZINE (SINCE FEB. '18)

"As the murmur of the audience grows, Tanner stands alone backstage with a guitar. In the dark of the wings, lit only by the dim glow of a down-facing light, she sways lightly back and forth, tuning the guitar again. At her feet are three more instruments, leaning against the wall in preparation of being picked up by the actors.

It’s a quiet moment in a tumultuous process. With all the tasks in progress before the first preview of Haymarket can begin, the corner is a secluded place where an actor can mentally prepare to embody another person for two and a half hours. "

Read the full article here.

Haymarket by the Minute: One Day in a Chicago Storefront Theater

(PUBLISHED JUL. '18)

 

 

 

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"Other musicals in the festival were developed alongside family as well. Musician and bandleader Vi Tran was on a Megabus, discussing his next album with his wife, Mackenzie Goodwin, when she suggested he switch mediums. 'I’ve been carrying with me the two albums of my life,' Tran said.

Born in Vietnam and raised in Kansas, he expressed his 'love letter to America' first, in the 2013 album 'American Heroine' by the Vi Tran Band. 'The Spiritual companion piece to that was going to be an album about my parents’ story,' Tran said. 'And my wife, she’s like, 'you’re a theater artist, why don’t you write a musical about it?'"

Read the full article here.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: THE VARIED REHEARSAL PROCESSES OF THE CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

(PUBLISHED FEB. '18)

 

 

 

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"Even when ATC closed down, the staff still provided her with support. 'The fact that [Associate Artistic Director] Sarah Slight and [Artistic Director] Will Davis reached out to me and said, ‘this is the situation, how can we make your project happen,’ is the most generous, unbelievable, overwhelming thing that’s ever happened to me.' Wieder said.

She removed her glasses as she recounted the moment—something she did often as she spoke.

'They did not have to do that,' Wieder continued. 'This is a staff in the process of losing their jobs and they’re still supporting the season that they programmed. That is remarkable.' The rescheduled workshop took place at the Prop Thtr in March 2018."

Read the full article here.

MAKING NEW STORIES FROM OLD ONES: A PROFILE OF DIRECTOR AND WRITER DANI WIEDER

(PUBLISHED APR. '18)


SIDESHOW THEATRE COMPANY (SINCE SEPT. '16)

Isaac Gomez and Wally World

(published Jan. '17)

"The play, set in a fictional superstore modeled on Walmart, is inspired by the life of [Gomez's] mother, a woman who has spent the last 25 years working in a Walmart in Gomez’s hometown of El Paso, Texas. Beginning her career as a cashier, she worked her way up the corporate ladder to Store Manager. 'By the time we were all grown up and gone,' Gomez says, his eyes lighting up, 'she now makes six figures. As a Latina woman who doesn’t even have a high school diploma!' He laughs, his internal pride for his mother spilling out. 'Like, that’s so impressive to me,' he adds. 'The play is like an homage to her.'"

Read the full profile here.

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J. NICOLE BROOKS AND HELA

(PUBLISHED JUL. '17)

 

 

 

"As for what HeLa will be like stylistically? 'I don’t even know how to answer that question,' Brooks responds, shrugging it off. She described her frustration with people asking the question 'what do you write about?' 'I just feel like it’s an unfair question, because it’s almost like a weird litmus test to whether or not they’re gonna engage with you.' While she hopes that young black women, and perhaps individuals in the medical profession, will come to the reading, she leaves the interpretation of her work up to the individual – without dictating the 'takeaway.'"

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BEATING HEART:  THE MUSIC OF TILIKUM

(published MAY '18)

"'Drums are very communicative,' Colón explained. 'In the same way that you can watch a foreign language film and gather what the story is based on the intonation of the characters and their body language and facial expressions.' While the text may get lost, Colón stressed that this ambiguity was always intentional. In the same way that real whales communicate in 'dialects' that vary between pods, 'these whales are from a different region than Tilikum – the South African or Zulu region of orca whales. Therefore, they speak in drums.'"

Read the full profile here.

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Building on her success with one student, Brettschneider and her co-worker started a small support group for adolescent refugees, which eventually ballooned into the organization known today as GirlForward, with headquarters in both Chicago and Austin – and more to come, she added.

“It’s been a lot trying to figure things out, with this administration and all the slashing of the refugee resettlement program,” she said. “We’re just trying to strengthen the three main programs that we do have. Hopefully moving to a bigger space in Austin so we can do some after school tutoring, and just go from there.”

Read the full profile here.

PACKING A PUNCH: CLLAW'S PARTNERSHIP WITH GIRLFORWARD

(Published May '18)