Speaking with Open Ears

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s inspirational tweets are written because he needs them. Of course there are others out there who need his encouragement, but he needs the words himself, so he writes them. I felt like an outsider growing up so I started turning to books. I found something magical in the words of authors: a placeContinue reading “Speaking with Open Ears”

Coming Home and Calling Out

I think it’s fair to say that for many of us, returning to our hometowns over the holidays can be challenging. We go off and live our own experiences in other towns; experiences that are different from those who have stayed around. We surround ourselves with people with different opinions (a great variety of opinionsContinue reading “Coming Home and Calling Out”

Towards Queer Creation

I’m interested in creating theatre that isn’t necessarily about queer issues, but that makes all involved recognize their own queerness. “Queer” was a word taken up by non-heterosexual and non-binary people after the messy, minoritizing identity politics of the 1970s. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick writes: “‘Queer’ can refer to the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps,Continue reading “Towards Queer Creation”

The Mythological Creature of Identity: Becoming indifferent to difference

In her book Indifference to Difference: On Queer Universalism (2015), Madhavi Menon exposes the queerness that exists in our day-to-day lives. She uses the term “queer universalism” to recognize that desire cannot be restrained or designated to a finality of any kind. “Queer” because it’s about the impossibility of fully acquiescing to state-designated categories ofContinue reading “The Mythological Creature of Identity: Becoming indifferent to difference”

Tourism & Queer Politics

In the second podcast episode, I discuss the importance of tourism in my work and its possible parallels with queer theory. In the midst of the Women’s March across the world, I raise some questions about intersectionality, and ultimately lay out possible connections at the core of my thesis. These thoughts will lead into aContinue reading “Tourism & Queer Politics”