20: The Non-binary Monologues Project
T-20 DAYS to Kickstarter Launch! Today we reveal the first article in our Pilot Issue...
THE NON-BINARY MONOLOGUES PROJECT
Interviewing Woodzick Interviewing Writers
Devised by Kathryn Lynn Morgen
Interviews with K. Woodzick, creator of The Non-binary Monologues Project, and four writers featured on the site: Grace Carmack, Marcus Gorman, Ayla Sullivan, and Brittany Alyse Willis.
This meta-interview piece covers the story behind the project, artists' inspiration and evolution, gender expression and performance, rehearsal bag essentials, and who's coming to dinner...
K. Woodzick is an actor, director, writer, producer, community organizer, and host of the Theatrical Mustang Podcast. They are finishing their MFA in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University in May 2018. They are passionate about making the theatre industry and training programs more inclusive of gender diversity. Their piece, A Genderqueer Cabaret, premiered at the Boulder International Fringe Festival this summer. The Non-Binary Monologues Project has been featured by both HowlRound and PBS NewsHour Weekend. Woodzick is collaborated with Ayla Sullivan on their MFA thesis project, Trans/Actions, which premiered as part of the inaugural Theatre Made in Boulder Festival. Learn more at www.woodzick.com.
Grace Carmack is a Seattle-based performer, playwright, and poet whose work focuses on queerness, trauma, and the various ways love manifests in our lives. Grace graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2014 with a BFA in theater and a focus in Original Works. Prior to Cornish, her training consisted of ballet, jazz, tap, modern dance, and Irish step dancing. She most recently performed as Molly in Forward Flux’s production of Las Mariposas Y Los Muertos and her plays Insufficient and The Other Side of Silence were produced as staged readings in 2016 by Parley Productions. While her website is under construction, you can glimpse some of her writing at gcarmack.tumblr.com.
Marcus Gorman is a Seattle-based writer and performer originally from Berkeley, CA. His original plays include Deers, Natural, and the upcoming Peggy: The Plumber Who Saved the Galaxy (co-written with Jacob Farley), all produced at Annex Theatre. He has worked on devised plays with interarts gang The Libertinis (Gone Wild!, Atomic Falls USA, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes) and physical theatre troupe DangerSwitch (Mad Scientist Cabaret, Big Bad). He is the author of the novels Triceratops and Sky Masterson: Private Detective and the editor of Ten Years Ago, a website where contributors review films on their tenth anniversary. He currently works at the Seattle International Film Festival as a film programmer and publications associate editor. For more information, visit marcusgorman.com and tenyearsago.wordpress.com.
Ayla Sullivan is the second Denver Youth Poet Laureate and current student at CU Boulder. Ayla's most recent CU credits are "Twelfth Night," "Peter and the Starcatcher," and "The Adding Machine." You also may have seen Ayla at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in "The Taming of the Shrew," "Julius Caesar," and "Henry VI, Part 3." As a playwright, We Are the Wake is Ayla's first workshop production, but you may have seen Ayla's ten minute play "WHITEWASH" in the New Play Festival or "Trans/Actions" at the Dairy Center.
Brittany Alyse Willis is a Washington, DC-based playwright, actor, and graphic designer. They have written plays produced in Chicago, DC, Massachusetts, and Texas and published poems with Apropros Literary Journal and shufPoetry. They like theatre that winks at you from behind the curtain. You can catch Brittany tweeting about process and thunder thighs @feelingfickle and find samples of their work at brittanyawillis.com and New Play Exchange.