There are times in your life where you just want to pinch yourself because everything around you is so unbelievably amazing. I just experienced that with the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival in Washington D.C. where my play Battle Cry received two amazing awards. But, awards aside, I spent five days with some of the most brilliant young career artist exploring different aspects of theater. We had intimate conversations with world renown artists like Kirsten Greenidge and the ever amazing Moises Kaufman. We spoke with Artistic Directors, Literary Mangers, and Agents about how they view the current world of theater and paving our own ways into it. Several amazing actors from D.C. read an excerpt from Battle Cry for my fellow artists and professionals around the country. I spent several hours working with Jocelyn Clarke, who is probably one of the coolest and smartest people I have ever met. The fact that he’s irish just sweetened the pot. I don’t know when I will come down from this high but, I will be getting an awesome fellowship this summer as well. There will be more information to come on that one. Next up: Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights Festival on Friday!!!
April has barely started and it’s already turning out to be an AMAZING month! Besides celebrating another year with the love of my life...yay! I am also celebrating receiving a SEA grant which will allow me to conduct research for my thesis project on Military Sexual Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have been working with the amazing Dr. Umana all year, and I will be expanding my research to also visit facilities that specialize in PTSD and MST treatment. This is all quite exciting! Secondly, in two weeks I will be traveling to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to participate in the KCACTF conference as Battle Cry has won TWO second place prizes at this annual competition. I will be accepting for both the Lorraine Hansberry Award and Rosa Parks Award. I am beyond excited to meet so many amazing artists over the five day conference. And if that was enough excitement for me, Battle Cry will also be taking part in the Seabury Quinn Jr. Festival of New Plays on Friday April 16th at 2 PM in Kantner Hall. My cup runneth over.
ABOUT MY WORK: I create lyrical investigations of found stories that force audiences to face their own love affair with misery.