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May 2, 2019

This past weekend, my husband and I were joined by several other exceptionally devoted and available family members on a trip to Minneapolis for a production of "Handled" at The Wildwood Theatre, a company whose central mission is to encourage discussion of mental heal...

November 3, 2018

The Omaha World Herald published this article about the show and the technological elements that were designed by a programming class at Creighton to extend the theatrical experience.

October 25, 2018

I have been officially "in residence" for two-and-a-half weeks, and I feel like the days have been well-spent. I've seen a  bunch of local theatre, read 15+ plays, generated a lot of rough pages, finessed a piece I hadn't touched in almost a year and watched (mostly qu...

October 9, 2018

If you went away to college, you have fond feelings for your college town. It's just how it works.

This past weekend, I arrived in Omaha to participate in the last half of the rehearsal process for the world premiere of my play "Handled," at Creighton University. Both t...

January 25, 2018

The accessibility boom keeps a-booming, which is wonderful for me, and, I think, for the community at large. I had my first gig of the year at the Chicago Women's March--a little bit colder than last year, but bright and full of a wonderful energy. And this year--the c...

October 4, 2017

When I started doing Audio Description in Chicago, over ten years ago, there were only a few theatres readily providing the service and I would book 2-4 gigs per year.

The last few years, I've noticed a serious and wonderful uptick in the number of theatres including AD...

September 19, 2017

Last week I had the opportunity to revisit a full-length play that is near and dear to me. "Handled" was workshopped here in Chicago in the summer of 2016 and, at the beginning of this year, I reached out to Creighton University, my alma mater, to ask if they'd be inte...

June 22, 2017

Several years ago, at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, I summoned the guts to approach Romulus Linney (after a not-soft nudge from Wil Eno--magical night, that) and ask him about his approach to adapting novels for the stage. Linney had done this successfully sever...

March 14, 2017

In late February, I was contacted by the Music School at DePaul University and given the opportunity to provide audio description for their production of two short operas: “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi.” My contact person was the Music School's director of marke...

January 25, 2017

I’m waiting to feel like the dame in this picture here. Jumping up from the water—“Jones! Bring me my Smith-Corona! I’ve got to get this down!”

I haven’t written anything new since before Christmas. In early December, I reached out to some trans and non-binary friends t...

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