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Artistic
Statement

My favorite theatre is touchable. Atmosphere over naturalism - this theatre delights not just in dialogue but in composition of mood and structure. This theatre knows it is theatre; it winks at you from behind the curtain.

This theatre is queer and trans, not just through content and representation, but in its very form. Traditional, linear narrative structures feel inadequate for expressing queer and trans stories and as such I am not interested in the “Well-Made Play.”

I make this theatre to remind myself and others that theatre doesn’t have to be all stuffy, all thin, all white, all cis, 10 men/2 women, at prices its own practitioners can’t afford.

I believe in incorporating other art forms in my work, speaking with gestures and movement, color and music, pauses and silence - not just words. My words fluctuate structurally between prose and poetry, reflecting natural cadence even in unnatural situations and phrasing.

Some of my work is bite-sized, performed quickly in unexpected spaces; some is experiential and interactive. My work is not universal, but I draw on true stories, fears, and feelings, often mixing in absurdity, magic, and camp. I believe truth is stranger than fiction.

At its best my work is kind, and helps my audience feel connected, less alone, less singular - for a moment they might even feel like a little part of everything.