1. What project(s) are you involved in that you are most excited about right now?
I’m currently directing a one-woman show called Suddenly Split and Swiping Over
for All Terrain Theater
. Written by Tracy Held Potter, it follows the adventures of one woman as she enters the crazy world of online dating. It’s going to play this summer in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley. I’m also very excited about a full-length play I’m working on, tentatively called “Drift,” that tracks the way a family has broken apart over the course of ten years. I was lucky enough to participate in the HBMG Foundation’s National Playwrights’ Retreat in Creede, CO, in February, where I finished a draft of the play. Now I’m trying to whip it into shape!!
Still from The Broken Heart of Gnocchi Bolognese
2. What has been your proudest moment as an artist so far?
My proudest moment was in early 2009, when I screened the short film I made as my MFA thesis, The Broken Heart of Gnocchi Bolognese, at USC. Making that movie was probably the hardest thing I’ve done to date, and it took the better part of two years to finish it. My family and a lot of friends came out for the premiere, and getting to show it to the people who had been supportive of me during the time was incredibly gratifying.
3. What is one thing about being a career artist that you didn’t learn in school?
You do different kinds of projects for different reasons. Sometimes you work on something for the paycheck, sometimes you work on something for the people you will meet in the process, sometimes for the experience, sometimes because you care deeply about expressing something. Any reason can be valid, but you need to know the reason for each project you work on. Otherwise, you’re liable to be disappointed if your expectations for what you’re going to get out of something don’t up with what the reality turns out to be.
Still from the performance of Lost Moon Radio’s “Mix Tape”, directed by Katherine Vondy in fall of 2014
4. How did you first start promoting your work/ building your audience? Did you use social media?