“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” -Joan Didion
Our brains create narratives whenever they can. From watching clouds to observing strangers to the experience of eating or walking into a store, we make stories so that we can organize information and make sense of the world. When we listen to a story that engages us, more regions of our brain activate, and we both retain information and form emotional connections more deeply.
My background in storytelling comes from the theatre world, where for the last decade I have been working with artists to help develop narrative for the stage. I currently serve as the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg at Signature Theatre, where I have been the production dramaturg for over twenty shows in the last four years, including world premieres by Annie Baker, Will Eno, and Martha Clarke, alongside revivals by Suzan-Lori Parks, Edward Albee, and Arthur Miller.