On What You Know

To add to yesterday’s post on being in the middle of the process: when I’m confused about what’s going on or can’t quite see the full picture, I try to focus on what I do know: This character wants to break up with his boyfriend but doesn’t know how. The next scene likely won’t happenContinue reading “On What You Know”

In the Middle

I often discover, part way through a creative process, that I have no idea what I’m doing. The only current example would be this play I’m re-writing. I can’t seem to focus on it all that well, but when I do end up writing a page or two of dialogue, I have absolutely no senseContinue reading “In the Middle”

Sit with It

Our imaginations can be overwhelmed by too much stimuli. I’m the type who gets easily distracted by shiny objects. Having my phone near me while writing is a huge no-no. And doom scrolling is a real thing, where I thoughtlessly read through hundreds of posts and come out the other end hours later. We haveContinue reading “Sit with It”

Being Likeable

For both my work and my personality, I often find it freeing to remind myself that some people just won’t like it. No matter what we do, we’re bound to rub up against some form of pushback or distaste. If we’re always trying to satisfy the needs of everyone encountering our work then we areContinue reading “Being Likeable”

Happiness Is?

Be wary of what others claim should make you happy. I’m re-reading Sara Ahmed’s The Promise of Happiness: a book on how happiness enters feminist and queer-centred discussions. Happiness is often used by oppressors to say “this is what you should be doing to feel good about yourself.” The “sentimentalization of heterosexuality as ‘domestic bliss’,”Continue reading “Happiness Is?”

From Where We Are

I’d like to be working in Paris or Berlin, surrounding myself with avant-garde artists, delving into deep discussions about theatre theory, building a career centred in the intersection of queerness and storytelling, engaging audiences in innovative ways and helping artists from around the world. But I am currently in New Brunswick, Canada. And I loveContinue reading “From Where We Are”

Letting Go

I’ve more or less written about this before, but the more I reflect on it, the more I realize the importance of simply letting things be. When I’m caught in a maelstrom of emotion that distracts me from my creative priorities, I convince myself that I have to try to resolve the issue. It’s fixableContinue reading “Letting Go”

Confronting Discomfort

It’s much easier to avoid a difficult conversation than it is to have one. But too often we miss out on a discomfort that will ultimately heal us. Challenging confrontations of messy situations are an inevitable part of any collaborative process. Conflicts arise. Tensions mount. Clear communication, especially in the face of misunderstanding or disappointment,Continue reading “Confronting Discomfort”