I started out in California doing research at VA hospitals from Palo Alto down to Long Beach. I received an Ohio University SEA Grant that allowed me to spend 20+ days doing research for my thesis project on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma. In total I spoke with 23 three amazing professionals all over the West Coast and Boston, who work tirelessly with patients recovering from PTSD and MST. It was eye opening and inspiring! Now to the writing!
My travels also took me to NYC to see friends, family, and a TON of new theater! Also a quick stop at the NYC Lincoln Center Arts Library for more research.
I rounded my two months out with a whirlwind 12 day fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill New Play Conference. I was one of five writers (during my session) invited to partake in the New Play Festival process. I watched works in progress, met with playwrights like David Auburn and Sam Hunter, and did tons of my own writing. Not to mention I got to watch Eisa Davis and Frank Wood perform six times.
Lastly, I recently found out that I have been awarded the TRI Fellowship at OSU to complete research on my Porgy and Bess play. Seriously...I feel like one lucky duck! Life has been very very good this summer.