Are you ready to write? Start that story that won’t leave you alone? Maybe develop your personal brand? Write that solo show, Essay, Memoir. Finish those pieces that are sitting in a drawer? Start submitting or want to read at live lit events? Does the thought of taking this step excite/scare/intimidate/exhilarate you? Yay!
One thing that I am sure of is this: finding your voice and being your authentic self can change the world. I feel so lucky to have worked with hundreds of writers and performers over the last 25 years. The people I’ve worked with have had their books, articles, stories and essays published. They’ve performed their stories and one-person shows on stages at theaters, festivals, live lit events, Tedx Talks and conferences all over the world. I’ve worked with artists/people who have never written or been on a stage to experienced well-recognized soloists and writers.
I love being a supportive critical eye, your vision keeper and fan. I work in close collaboration and I am here to serve you and your work based on where you are in your process. I am a practicing teaching artist and I understand the aspects of the creative process from the germination of an idea, to the development and completion. I’ve developed exercises, materials and strategies, to help you craft the structure of a dynamic story and create opportunities to get your work into the world.
I coach writers and performers from across the country. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I hold private sessions in my studio or remotely via Zoom, Skype or phone. I work with those developing solo shows, plays, autobiographical material and fiction. I work at your pace. These sessions are designed to empower you and move to the next level. We work on all aspects of your material:
1. Generating story ideas, Universal truth. Inciting incident, Quest.
2. Cornerstones for structure. Use of narrators. Developing scenes & characters.
3. Finding your authentic voice, the voice of the story, your unique style, presentation.
4. Using construction & deconstruction techniques to push your work forward.
5. Getting drafts done and polishing final projects. Let’s get on it!
One-on-one coaching is $75 per “sloppy hour.” Discounted packages are available. If there is a pre-read on a full script, the cost is $50. Open to all levels, but I offer a free consultation ahead of time to see if you think we are a good fit. I work at your pace.
”The Writers Room”
This private class is for those working on autobiographical material, essays, solo shows, plays, novels and essays. These small classes are limited to 7 people and are designed to serve you and your project. The classes are made up of crazy talented, intuitive, funny, supportive writers. Six class sessions take place over a 18 week period to allow you time develop your material as we go along. Saturdays 2:00-5:15 pm. Investment: $250.00. All levels are accepted, but by interview, to see if we are a good fit. Info here. These classes are made up of crazy-talented, intuitive, funny, supportive writers.
Solo Show & Storytelling Classes at Chicago Dramatists Theater
These Solo & Story classes are designed for all levels, from those who are thinking about a one person show to those who are in the final stages of polishing their show. Tools and techniques are covered and applied during individual work sessions. “Upcoming Classes” at chicagodramatists.org
(ONLINE- January 28, 2020)
(April 7-21, 2020)
(May 12 - June 27 / Performance Nov 23)
Workshops for Organizations, Groups and Conferences
Integrating story is an important facet for delivering a powerful presentation or developing your “personal professional brand.” Through coaching and exercises you will find the story and style that best serves you and your goals, whether you want to perform on a stage, give a presentation, speech or just tell a good story at Thanksgiving dinner.
“I love working in collaboration.
You talk. I talk.
We both listen.
We explain. We laugh.
We try something else.
We get confused, maybe frustrated.
We try again.
We challenge. We question.
We hold our heads in our hands so they don’t explode.
We chew gum & Drink coffee
(decaffeinated of course).
We get up on our feet. We rewrite.
We reread. We listen some more.
And then it happens,
we get to the place where we say,
’Yes, that’s it! That works’”