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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 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...

This weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in the Chalkboard Theatre Project, and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Being put in a room with two actors, a writer, and a director, and take on the task of creating a play in 24 hours, isn't somet...

We left this past experiment with so many kind words and testimonies that we decided it was time to start sharing them. 

Our first, from our Light Board Operator Shannon Valora. She joined us in our process about half in and has a lovely perspective to share!

"I was a pa...

April 6, 2016

Hey Experimenters of the CTP world!

We are just getting back from our Hayden Experiment and we are on top of the world. Well we were literally on top of the world there for a bit, being a mile high in Colorado, but now we are coming back down to reality and still reelin...

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