This is from the hike we went on on our very first day! How beautiful!
I'm still in awe that I got to attend my first in-person Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas conference in the beautiful Banff, Canada. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity, and truth, I wish to honor and acknowledge that the townsite of Banff is located on traditional Treaty 7 territory. "These sacred lands are a gathering place for the Niitsitapi from the Blackfoot Confederacy, of whom the Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani First Nations are part; the Îyârhe Nakoda of the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Goodstoney First Nations; the Tsuut’ina First Nation; the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III within the historical Northwest Métis Homeland, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to enrich their vibrant community." -Banff's Land Acknowledgement
Since there is often only one dramaturg in a rehearsal room or on a project, it is rare to have this many dramaturgs in the same room! I still feel joyful about the conversations I was able to be part of and the wisdom I was able to soak in during my time at Banff. I can't wait for next year's conference in Kansas City!
I spent the spring and early summer with Amphibian Stage in Fort Worth, TX. (I adore them. Be sure to always check out their programming if you're local because you're in for a thoughtful and fun time always. Sometimes fun means crying your eyes out, sometimes it means laughing your guts out.) This year's 2-week arts festival centers around Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian (MENASA) artists in an effort to better acquaint the theatre industry at large with MENASA artists. This festival, like the whole season, is a beautiful celebration of artists across disciplines and how profoundly new work can affect the future of performing arts.
I transported artists, read plays, selected sides for the first-ever SparkFest Acting Competition, saw great theatre and theatre-in-progress (hot topic: isn't theatre constantly in-progress? more on that later), and mostly met the amazing people involved. I will be forever grateful for this time and am a forever fan of these actors, artistic staff, musicians, playwrights, and singers.
I'd love to continue to uplift these artists. If you would, please take a look at the links below, take some time, and love on them, too!