Who are you and where is “here” for you right now?
I am a playwright and actor and improvisor. I also work with The National Theatre for Children as a production associate creating educational comedy shows that tour around the country.
What is your creative practice and what have you learned from it?
I work best when I have a lot of things happening. You know that saying that goes something like “if you want something done, give it to a busy person”? Well, that is how I have recently realized I work best. So I fill my time up pretty well and then give myself short deadlines to produce work. I also find that improv is like working out, it keeps a lot of gears and muscles in shape for both the actor part of me and the writer part.
Where do you find inspiration?
Eavesdropping on strangers.
How do you overcome the creative barriers you encounter?
Usually, I just push the cat off of my laptop.
How do you regenerate when feeling artistically depleted?
Doing other things. Like entering a cake into the MN state fair (I did not win a ribbon) or learning hula-hoop tricks. I also have a blog that I self-indulge all over the place on www.cultureofdoingthings.blogspot.com
What does success look like to you?
I like when people remember my name after I meet them.
What do you want people to know about you and your work?
Usually it’s concise and a little funny.
Thanks much, Heather! In case you’re not a Minnesotan, her MN Fringe show – Your Responsibility for Sex Failure – was a total hit this summer. Congrats!