WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO....

So I haven't posted in 3 months.
  1. In October I took on a new arts admin job. It's part time, but it's an organization that I'm really committed to, so it's definitely not a job I leave at the office.
  2. I've been co-producing a web series that I created.
    I wanted to create a TV show inspired by my experiences working at a domestic violence shelter. i wanted to employ a lot of women and people of color (the actors for our pilot are predominantly women and ppl of color, and our crew was all women except 2 dudes).
  3. Producing is really really hard. It does not come naturally to me.
    But if I want to make these stories come to life, I have to be a producer, at least for now. It's draining and time consuming and I think about it 24/7.
  4. A small theatre company in Chicago offered to do a reading of one of my plays.
    This is great, and since one of my former students is talking about doing a small fringe-type production of the play in London this Spring/summer, it's well-timed for me to do work on it, but wow this is not where my head's at right now. (Reading went well, but I haven't had time to incorporate changes into script.)
  5. Theatre in Boulder included a different play of mine into their new play festival.
    This is also great, but involved a big rewrite that I'm not sure I'm happy with. I guess I'll find out on Wednesday when I fly out there for our first rehearsal.
  6. Last Tuesday I had a table reading of the next three episodes of my web series. I wrangled 20 actors into one room. Only 2 of them were men. Half the women in the room were people of color. One disabled actor, one gender non-conforming actor, who even knows how many LGTBQIA folks (at least 3). Age range 20s-70s.
    This may be the most impressive thing I've done in the past year. What an amazing group of talented people.
  7. On Friday, after months of post-production, we released our pilot. You can see it here:
  8. Now we need to raise $60,000 to shoot the next 3 episodes (I almost fainted when my associate producer sent me the projected budget).
    If anyone feels inclined to support an artistic project meant to employ and tell stories about women while subverting assumptions about domestic violence, we can use every penny. And all donations are tax deductible. https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=15125
  9. This is our logo.
  10. Today is my first day off in a long while. I'm trying to savor it.