The joy of learning

Back home from a fruitful trip to New York for the Dramatists Guild Conference. My first. It was absolutely wonderful. The highlight for me, of course, was having the great opportunity to be a part of Paula Vogel’s four hour Master class.

What an enormous thrill it was to be in that room. If it were an eight hour class I would have taken it. Any writers out there if you have the chance to be in any of Paula’s classes Take it. It was truly mind blowing.

Towards the end of the class we put into practice what was learned by doing a bake off. She gave us a half an hour to write a play on various themes she came up with. It was at once terrifying and thrilling. The writer geek in me couldn’t wait to get started. To create a world that before she gave us this assignment didn’t exist. It was true bliss.

I came back from the bathroom break, picked up my laptop from the table I was sitting at for her lecture and moved towards the back of the room and began to breathe. Inhale. Exhale.

The energy in the room was electrifying. Everyone internally creating at once. It was magical.

I then began to write.

Before I knew it the half hour was up. I went back to my seat at the table and listened.

Paula said we’d only have time for 3 or 4 playwrights to read their play. Immediately I could feel everyone brace. I breathed.

The first play was read. We applauded. I then raised my hand. Connected with Paula. She smiled. I stood up and read what will now be my fourth writing project. I was encouraged by the class and Paula to make it a full length.

There are no words for the joy I felt in my heart that Pulitzer Prize winning Paula Vogel loved my writing. As she puts it, my voice. I am humbled and moved.

I also had the great opportunity to connect and re-connect with colleagues who I have long admired -Charlayne Woodard, Dael Orlandersmith, Lynn Ahrens; and to see and hear other greats I love, Lynn Nottage, Lydia Diamond, Doug Wright, Christine Toy Johnson, Kristen Childs, Kirsten Anderson Lopez and Bobby Lopez. This was a week I will not soon forget.

At present I have been regularly auditioning for tv actor work, which has been intense but in a very good way. Living in Denver, I put myself on tape when it’s requested. So that’s been fun too. Getting to enjoy the process of creating a character, even if only for an audition, is always great and it’s nice to keep that muscle active.

I’m at a place in my life where whatever is meant will be. Be it my plays finding a home for a production or readings to a hopeful booking of a series regular role to simply living life at its present moment here at home with my husband, our dogs and friends. I am at peace.

Looking forward to being a part of this beautiful Denver theatre arts community.

Sending love and peace to everyone and hoping your day is good.

 with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel. 

with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel.