ABOUT ME!

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I am a a rad, awkward jew-friendly chick from an obscure area of Pennsylvania!  My plays use comedy to expose the societal pressures on young women to be impossibly good looking as well as ridiculously intellectual, humble, kind as can be, but also sexy. 

I first got into playwriting at Bennington College when I was selected to write a short play in 24 hours and binged oreos all night while writing and just had way too much fun.

My summer camp play “Are You Ready to Get PAMPERED!?” had a reading at 59E59 with Less than Rent and also was part of Dixon Place’s Bingo Lounge.  Some of my other plays include: Pineapple Upside Down Cake (KCACTF:national semi-finalist), Janis and the Big BAD World (Semi-finalist at Wide Eyed Productions), A Roller Rink Temptation (NOLA Fringe), This Car Trip Suckss ( Piper Theater Productions Emerging Artist Reading Series), Karate Hottie (OU Seabury Quinn Play Fest) Love Potion Number Slut (Tiny Rhino) and You Looked Hot When You Stole that Dress from Walmart (Fresh Fruit Festival.) 

I have been a member of Abingdon Playwrights Group as well as New Perspective’s Women’s Work Short Play Lab.  I am the recipient of the Scott McPherson award given to a graduate playwright at Ohio University that is a kind and supportive collaborator in the program.

I am currently a member of the Bobcats writer group as well as Greenhouse Ensemble's writing group. I also am under commission from Less Than Rent to adapt "The Decameron" in a trashy way.

When not writing plays, I like writing perky body positive blogs, heating up soup (which she is getting pretty good at!) and watching "The Bachelor".

BA: Bennington College MFA: Ohio U

My work is published through Applause! yay!

 

Little bit more about my work!

In my work I aim to create a feminine world where young women are at the forefront, and heartbreak and feminine expectations are fully explored. My plays use comedy to comment upon the societal pressures young women face to be impossibly good-looking as well as ridiculously intellectual, humble, kind as can be, but also sexy ;) My plays usually include some hot fantasy sequences which help attract the common man into the theater :)  I love writing about fun, popular topics that tap into an audience’s hopes and dreams. But buried underneath the play are deeper, scarier questions about settling and the reality of our lives.

I ask questions like: How is true love depicted in pop culture vs. How does it feel in real life? Can you ever be in a couple and not give up something of yourself? Can men and women ever understand each other enough to date or are they doomed?  

As a writer I am forever obsessed with exploring female friendship, obsession, gender roles, obese cupcakes, romance, dieting and taboos. I want going to one of my plays to feel like going to a glitter themed kids birthday party, but sexier than that.

Some of my influences include: Sherry Kramer, Samuel D. Hunter, Wendy Macleod, Christopher Durang and Wendy Wasserstein

My plays are like getting sketchy love potion in your face, kinda romantic, but maybe not!(you might die!)

My plays are like getting sketchy love potion in your face, kinda romantic, but maybe not!(you might die!)