Category MFA

Tweed Skirt, Long CV

Aside from working on an MFA, one of the reasons I was looking forward to university life was the prospect of meeting academic women. After all, smart is sexy. What I failed to consider was that most of my fellow students would be twenty-somethings, which means they’re about half my age. Not wanting to be […]

A piece of paper wasn’t sufficient

At the graduate banquet, where all the new MFAs have a chance to read from their work and make a few statements, I joked that going through the writing program was a little like being the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. You make new friends, have adventures, dance and sing with people who are […]

The small pleasures of DIY theatre

Today, among other things, I created two puppets, edited some music, created a (fake) company logo, and cobbled together a “tail” out of fake fur and rope. None of these things are jobs that I normally do, and it’s one of the creative aspects of play-making that I find enjoyable. Using Photoshop and Audacity give […]

Eugène Ionesco, Honorary Python

As part of my MFA comps (comprehensive exams), I’ve been reading Eugène Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano, and have been startled by how much it resembles the comedy of Monty Python. A little research shows that this is not a unique observation, and troupe member Terry Jones has mentioned it as a foundational element of Python humor. Mr. […]

Critic: friend or foe?

“Don’t be a critic,” is a common expression, but one that writers should probably avoid. Not only should we welcome critics, but we should be critics as often as possible. Good criticism exercises a necessary writerly muscle. I came to this realization as I was explaining the workshop process to my new group of undergrads. […]

DIY Theatre

Many of the schools I considered when applying for my MFA include production of the thesis as part of the process. UNO, unfortunately, does not. Because of this, I’ve been finding myself more involved with the local community and engaging with theatre-makers all over the city. In particular, I’ve been working with Southern Rep, which […]

Synergy

Most of the time, I get annoyed with people who treat education as a business venture. Schools do not exist to turn a profit, and there is a huge societal benefit to having thoughtful, knowledgable citizens that can not be measured in quarterly sales figures. It’s similar to medicine, where an ounce of prevention is […]