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January 21, 2017

Our 8th Non-Annual Eastern Experiment was happening again. This time on a monumental weekend, while members of our country were marching all across America we were shoving artists in rooms to create for 24 hours.

Our experimenters took the challenge on as always and con...

August 23, 2016

This was our first professional experiment and we pulled out all the stops, and decided to get the producers back in the room. What that entailed was a lot of trust from our experimenters and we were so thankful to take that plunge with them all. 

Through curveballs tha...

June 29, 2016

At my first 24 hour new play workshop, I was asked to write a 10 page play. I wrote 25 pages instead. I don't know how to cut things. 

My director took a dodge-ball and threw it at the actors until they learned all 25 pages. They were off book in under 12 hours. Ev...

For the 24 hour experiment in Winter of 2013, I had the opportunity to work with Steve Norris as a writer. I was the Director, and Hanz and Jahbria were the actors.  When I look back at that 24 hour experience, what made it  truly exhilarating, creative, and worthwhile...

June 23, 2016

Come, come, whoever you are,

wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving.

This is not a caravan of despair.

It doesn’t matter that you’ve broken

your vow a thousand times, still

come, and yet again, come.

-Rumi

Dear Friends,

When I brought this project to Eastern in 2008, it was rea...

June 18, 2016

To me, CTP starts with a pair of scissors and clippers.

For the past few years that I have done Chalkboard Theatre Project, I radically cut my hair to drastically contrast the usual comb over.  I consider this ritual as a physical expression of the CTP mentality: Trust...

I am what you would consider a veteran of the Chalkboard Theatre Project, participating in every Eastern University experiment from the very first year we started. It’s hard to put into words the magic that happens over the course of a CTP experiment, though I can easi...

June 13, 2016

I groggily grab my phone to stop my alarm. It's 8 am, and the sun is pouring through the classroom windows. With 3 hours of sleep under my belt, I stumble to the public bathroom and brush my teeth, cursing over my bloodshot eyes and waiting for my second wind to kick i...

June 10, 2016

I’ve participated in two new play experiments, and I was a director both times. I also write and act—and am much more experienced with both of those—so when I found out I was directing I was simultaneously relieved (How on earth could I write a play in 24 hours, or eve...

June 8, 2016

I'd never written a play before.

I'd barely written dialogue at all. When I write stories, I fill them with exposition and 

description — and conversation when necessary, but perhaps owing to my journalism

background, dialogue has never been my strong suit. It's a story e...

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