Nora Foster and Kaitlyn Murphy are two of seven young female playwrights whose plays will be featured in Girls Write Out!, Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT)’s contribution to the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
Nora Foster is a junior at Yorktown High School in Arlington, VA. She enjoys photography, and plans to attend college though she does not know what she will major in. Nora wrote her play, Stuck in a Fairy Tale, in 2012, while in Young Playwrights’ Theater’s In-School Playwriting Program at Swanson Middle School. Her advice to other young playwrights is to “try your hardest and believe in yourself.”
Kaitlyn Murphy is a freshman at Cardozo Education Campus in Washington, DC. She enjoys writing spoken word poetry, and plans to attend college to study writing and languages. Kaitlyn wrote her play, Ayo’s Audience, in 2014, while in Young Playwrights’ Theater’s In-School Playwriting Program at Cardozo. Her advice to other young playwrights is to “write something that you, yourself will like and enjoy.”
Why are you a playwright?
NF: I’m a playwright because I really love writing and putting ideas from my imagination on paper.
KW: I’ve always loved to write as a release in the form of poems, so writing a play was a new experience. I am excited to see what I wrote come to life!
What starts a play moving in your imagination?
NF: Nothing specifically starts a play in my mind, I’ll just be sitting there when something creative pops in.
Do you have a favorite writing place?
NF: My favorite writing place may be my room: it’s so peaceful and quiet (and it’s all mine!)
KM: I find inspiration for writing in many places, so I don’t really have a favorite. I usually write when listening to music or when I need a release.
WOMEN’S VOICES THEATER FESTIVAL
GIRLS WRITE OUT!
Young Playwrights’ Theater
at The Forum
Sidney Harman Hall
610 F Street NW
Details and Tickets
Which female playwrights have influenced your writing and how?
KM: My mother writes poems and many people in One Common Unity influence my writing.
What are you working on now?
KM: I’m working on several poems right now, and I hope to perform them soon.
Answer this: “If I weren’t a playwright, I would be … “
NF: If I weren’t a playwright, I would be a psychologist. I say this because I really enjoy learning about humans and their behaviors.
KM: If I weren’t a playwright, I would be a spoken word poet.