It seems like forever since I started working for Exile in September, but it also feels like no time at all has passed. When I got here in the fall, intoxicated with the insanity of the Fringe Festival and ready to dive right into The Aliens, I had no idea what would be in store. Now, having closed A Behanding in Spokane and thrown a wild party of a Benefit, I’m getting ready to leave Exile, to leave Philadelphia, and to make the next big step in my career as an artist. But wherever I go and whatever I do, I know I will be taking the experiences of this past season with me.
This year with the company has been exhilarating, challenging and exciting, and I don’t just mean the plays we produced. Working with Joe, Deb, Bryan, Brenna, Clara, Dani and Matt, as well as all of the other artists and theater workers who’ve come in and out of our office in the last year has been a learning experience, to say the least. These are not easy times for theater companies, but the determination and ingenuity of the people around me has made it clear that theater lives and dies by the passions of their participants, not by the whims of funders.
This is a time of opportunities, a time to make theater that matters deeply to it's audience. I'm glad to have been a part of that here at Theatre Exile, and I know that the company will continue to make significant theater in the season to come. I’m sorry that I wont get to be a part of that theater on a practical level, but I know that I will always be a part of Theatre Exile, as are all who support this work and this company.
And while I leave, I'm taking all the things I've learned here with me, and keeping a desire to make boundary breaking theater that defies the imagination close to my heart. So when I leave the office for the last time at the end of June, I know I’m carrying a piece of Exile with me.
Thanks for letting me in, for helping me along the way, and for wishing me the best as I move on.
NYU-Tisch Class of 2014 MFA Dramatic Writing