Nothing can stop me.

Feb 13, 2016 by

It’s been a long time since I have written a blog post. I’m not going to apologize, because that would be weird and pointless. It’s my blog. I’m busy. You know all that. But I am writing today, because this is the virtual space where I feel comfortable being vulnerable. I guess it’s because my name is in the URL. Who knows? I have something I want to express today, and this feels like the correct place for it to live.

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Juilliard. I got into Juilliar...

Jun 5, 2014 by

I am beyond proud to announce that I, Chelsea Marcantel, have just been granted a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School, under the direction of Christopher Durang and Marsha Norman. I’m soon to be a fellow at my dream school. Studying with two of my heroes. Living in New York City. And that is enough to be in awe of for one day.

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Ep. 7 :: Trish Harnetiaux is M...

Apr 20, 2014 by

In this episode, I interview Brooklyn-based writer/producer Trish Harnetiaux. We talk about the early internet, self-producing work, her hilarious short comedy films, and leaving playwrighting to become firefighters, among other aspirations. Tune in!

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Ep. 6 :: Levi Petree is Making...

Apr 7, 2014 by

We’re back! In this episode, I chat with my good pal Levi Petree about his band The Radio Publica, who have just released their debut EP. We discuss our families in Louisiana, our time in Chicago, and his recent transition from actor to songwriter/musician. We also lament that life is long and real, and discus our growing appreciation for savings accounts. Listen in!

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My Husband is Internet-Famous

Mar 19, 2014 by

Miles has been working on a new project for over a year, and it’s kind of strange to see it in the William King Museum instead of a corner of his office. It’s called the MASHine and it’s outstanding. It’s nice thing to be married to someone you love, whose talents you’re also occasionally in awe of.

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Ep. 5 :: Evan Linder is Making...

Feb 20, 2014 by

On this episode of Making Conversation, I chat with Chicago playwright/actor/director Evan Linder. We talk about the vibrant way his theatre company develops new work, his current project (part of Steppenwolf’s Garage Rep), what teaching playwrighting to students has taught US about writing, and a whole lot more.

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Ep. 4 :: Sheena LaShay is Maki...

Feb 13, 2014 by

In this episode, I chat with Sheena LaShay–photographer, videographer, dancer, stage manager, businesswoman, etc, extraordinaire. We talk about knowing and standing up for the value of your art, the artist as advocate and activist, the beauty of abundance, and much much more. And we get a little gooey at the end.

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Ep. 2 :: Erin Parker is Making...

Jan 26, 2014 by

In this episode, I chat with actress and singer Erin Parker. We discuss the theatre scene in Nashville, where she has lived and worked for a decade, as well as the “rules” that artists live by, and the importance of making your own work and opportunities. And Jon Hamm, etc.

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Ep.1 :: Danielle O’Farre...

Jan 18, 2014 by

In this first episode of “Making Conversation,” I speak with my good friend, actress Danielle O’Farrell. We discuss making storefront theatre in Chicago in our 20s, the pros and cons of joining a union, the importance of beauty and aesthetics in personal presentation, why she moved to New York from California, and much, much more.

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Making Conversation: The Creat...

Jan 1, 2014 by

I remember yesterday, loves, and it was glorious. Long nights, low budgets, grand ideas, and big loves. I wouldn’t trade those years for anything, because they made me who I am and they gave me everything I have. But how are we making art TODAY? What has changed, what have we lost, and how far have we come? These are the questions I am asking myself, and for the next year, these are the questions I will be asking my 30-something artist friends.

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Just a quick end-of-May update

May 30, 2012 by

This is what’s going on with me: I’m learning about what goes on in the marketing department of a production company in the weeks before a premiere, and editing plays about divorcées, immortals, and lobbyists. Just another day in the life.

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Virginia is for Summer Lovers

May 20, 2012 by

To ensure that we don’t waste the GORGEOUS Appalachian spring and summer of 2012, we have instituted a mandatory 1 Day off Per Week policy around this house. Luckily, I have had time to pull together a master list of places in Virginia that I’d like to see, and plot them on a Google Map. As you can tell, there may be too much here to reasonably expect to finish in the next few months, but man’s reach must always exceed his grasp!

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BLOGATHON : Prize #1 Announced

May 4, 2012 by

Announcement, Reader-Friends! The first of the four BLOGATHON prizes is herewith revealed!

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Day 2 in Chicago — First...

May 3, 2012 by

I’ve had a lot more time to myself on this trip to Chicago than I did during my March trip. I didn’t overbook myself, I’m not trying to workshop four plays at the same time, and OH MY GOD THE WEATHER IS PERFECT. This is weather that makes people want to move to Chicago — the seasonal siren song. I’m so glad to be here at this time of year, opening a show that I’m excited about and proud of.

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BLOGATHON! May Project!

May 1, 2012 by

The month of May begins today, and with it a little self-set project I like to call BLOGATHON. Lots of people are always telling me I should blog more. And by “lots of people” I mean I think someone told me that once, and I tell myself that all the time. So here’s the deal: I’ll blog more, and you’ll win prizes. Intrigued? Read on.

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