Category Archives: storytelling

Life of Art interview: Heather Meyer

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?

Heather. Chicken. Cat. Comedy gold.

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.

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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!

Father and daughter time

Cell phone tweets from Cooperstown, NY. Read from the bottom for chronological order.

My dad isn’t so much a baseball fan as he’s a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers fan. Today, whilst driving back through upstate New York on the way back to Chicago from Montreal, QC, Canada.

I learned more about Jackie Robinson and the integration of Major League Baseball and Brooklyn, NY in the 1950s and his grandpa’s farm on Long Island and all his cousins than I ever thought I’d know. My dad is a great storyteller. I haven’t seen as animated as he was today in a very long time.

Plus: I got a Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers jersey. I’m sure I’ll be wearing it around Mpls over the next few weeks.

That was fun.

The last few weeks have been pretty intense. I’m in the final stages of Yearbook production at work and got to do the previously blogged about live readings over the last two weekends. I had a good time getting out in front of an audience with a manuscript of my own crafting in my very own two hands. And it was hard. I’m not a very practiced live storyteller yet, and while I’ve got decent instincts, I’ve got a lot to learn. In addition, I realized that I’ve spent most of the last two years focused on learning scripted performance and improv with the energy from my creative bucket, and my writing skills are feeling pretty rusty.

So. Puzzle: How do I distribute the small amounts of creative time I have during the school year to work on both writing and storytelling and performance?

I’m not sure. It doesn’t help that I want to do everything.

Two live readings coming up

I am a lucky girl. I’ve been invited to read at TWO events in the next two weeks. New, original, and NEVER BEFORE SEEN stories will be told by your very own Voix at the following events in Minneapolis:

Paper Darts Launch Party: Volume 3 Super Mega Dope LP!

On Saturday, March 5th from 7-10pm we’ll be hosting the swankiest swankfest of a lit mag launch party ever at Honey in NE Minneapolis. The night will feature readings by local heroes John Jodzio, Matt Mauch, Michele Campbell, and Robert Voedisch, live tunes by the lovely trio The Chord and the Fawn, a full scale digital art slideshow, some super badass giveaways, and, most importantly, the first chance to get your grubby little paws on Paper Darts Volume 3. Stay for the readings, art, music, and lame 90s pop culture references, then come out to the Red Stag Supper Club afterwards to take official after party shots of milk.

Location: Honey in NE, 205 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.

AND:

Rockstar Storytellers “Doing It Our Way: Cover Stories!

It’s the storytelling version of Sid Vicious doing a Sinatra tune! The Rockstars put their own spin on classic stories like a cover band in a crappy bar. Except our bar isn’t crappy. It’s cool. With, like, imported beer and s#!t.

Featuring:
Curt Lund
Allegra Lingo
Joseph Scrimshaw

Guest Performers:
Michele Campbell
Andy Sturdevant

Hosted by:
Courtney McLean

Sunday, March 13th at the Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis

Doors at 6pm, show starts at 7.
Tickets $12 / $10 with a Fringe button or Rockstar Trading Card for March

Purchase tickets here! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/156695
OR call 612-825-8949 (no service charge!)
No same day reservations; tickets available at the door day of the show!

If buying tickets at the door, come as close to 6:00 as you can: General Admission (first-come, first-sat)  BLB’s full food and bar menu is offered in the theater, so have dinner with us!

I’m so excited I might piddle. Please come see me read my words and make the funny.

nestling in to my new space

Intrepid teacher, Bayonne, 2010

It’s taking me a while to figure out how to use Word Press, so this website still doesn’t yet have all the bells and whistles I want. My desire is to have an online container for all of the creative directions I’m exploring. A life of art is a messy one, so I’m not sure how I want my site to function just yet.

Just for a start, I have added a new set of pages here to contain some of writing from my old blog.  A brief explanation is HERE, and all the blog writing I’ve reposted is underneath that tab. They’re primarily the stories and blog posts that I miss having around, if that makes any sense. I’m a romantic at heart, and rather attached to some of my words.

I’ll also be adding a page of links to other places you can find my work on the interwebs, and probably a tab devoted solely to book reviews.

Check it out and let me know what you think!