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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New York City: Day 96

Nov 19, 2014 by

On Day 96, you have your brightest day since moving to New York. You present the first public reading of your new play, your first...

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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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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.3 :: Margot Bordelon is Mak...

Feb 6, 2014 by

In this episode, I talk with director Margot Bordelon, who currently lives and works in New York City. We chat about why she calls herself a “new play director,” what we love about Chicago, how quickly we’d sell out (within reason), making theatre that is aggressive yet accessible, and how what we do is becoming as important to us as how we do it. Plus, of course, much more.

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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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Songs That Were My 20s: 6-17

Jun 27, 2013 by

Recap: I’ll be 30 years old in a mere 11 days, and to commemorate this milestone, I have compiled a list of 30 songs that were my 20s. Here, I give you songs 6-17.

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March Madness

Mar 31, 2013 by

Yes, I have spent 10 of the previous 30 days travelling out of state, which is both exciting and exhausting. For added kicks, Miles and I decided to start the process of purchasing our very first home this month as well. Yowza. It’s been real, March ’13.

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The Next Big Thing

Mar 3, 2013 by

I was recently tagged by the all-around amazing Megan Stielstra in the Next Big Thing blog chain, in which writers answer ten questions about a project-in-progress. This seemed like a pretty good idea with which to hop on board — process is fascinating. Also, as we know, Chelsea loves an interview.

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Under the Radar 2013

Jan 16, 2013 by

I’ve just returned from the 2013 Under the Radar Festival at The Public in NYC. The festival bills itself as “tracking new theatre” from all over the world; I can attest that I’ve seen some of the best AND the worst theatre of my life on its stages, which I think speaks to its eclectic and risky curation.

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