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Reflections on Directing for Eastside Queer Stories Play Festival #ESQS2017 & A Word About Growing up Christian

This past summer I directed for Eastside Queer Stories Play Festival. When I received the pieces I would direct I jumped for joy! I was entrusted with two pieces: Bloom(dot)org (written by Veronika Shulman) and Genderprocity (written by Matthew Benjamin Ramos). The actors in this festival were incredible. They had multiple characters for eleven different plays, and they gave it their all. They brought their best selves to the table and worked so hard to honor all of the stories in the festival. I learned about the importance of personal pronouns, and challenged my directing style to smooth through beats in both comedy to drama. As a collective, we pushed ourselves to make the worlds come to life for all audiences to enjoy.

Theater proved to be a great platform to inform audiences and give them a window into the successes and struggles in the LGBTQIA+ community. Stories honored everyday lives, people falling in and out of love, individuals dealing with gentrification, fairy tales, and…

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