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”

Focus On What You Know

We can easily let our minds get carried away. We confabulate and fill in the blanks with completely fabricated information. When we are uncertain we become desperate for certainty, entertaining absurd notions in an attempt to make sense of the chaos. Creative minds can often get anxious. Sometimes it’s comforting to focus solely on theContinue reading “Focus On What You Know”

Focus on the Horizon

“Keep walking, and don’t look at the ground. Focus on the horizon. Listen for new sounds. Be aware of the birds.” On one of our first rehearsals, a director I worked with took us on a hike through the forest. The play was about birds, so observing them for research made sense, but the thingContinue reading “Focus on the Horizon”

Morphing Imagination

I’ve been angry with myself lately because I’m spending a lot of my time and energy on one specific life problem. It often feels like my creativity is sucked out of me and I can’t concentrate on anything else. My mind is filled with questions, reflections, and concerns. I try distracting myself with what wouldContinue reading “Morphing Imagination”