I create plays, musicals and dance theater on my own and collaboratively. I write out of a need to make sense of the world. I find myself worrying about our planet, our choices, our inability to unite. I muck through the damage I witness in hopes reparation is possible. My subjects include climate change, gender, baseball, justice, insurgency, friendship, love, hate, race, gender, art. Sick of being female, I write being human. Intrigued by form, my plays are structurally inventive. I write seeking an intimate connection with my fellow theatre makers and my audience. I am best known for Looking for the Pony, a finalist for the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and for the NEA Outstanding New American Play Award. It was presented in a "Rolling World Premiere" Off-Broadway at Vital Theatre Company in New York and Synchronicity Performance Group in Atlanta and subsequent productions. I am currently working on an EST/Sloan commission for a new play about the Montreal Protocol called World Avoided. I write quickly and often; other new plays include Fathers, Marrying Kind, and The Lat Jew. Recent productions include Strait of Gibraltar at Synchronicity Theatre and American Stage and Tunnel Vision at Off the Wall and Venus Theatre. I am a member of the Dramatists Guild, was a Dramatists Guild Fellow, served as the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program Director for ten years and currently teach for the Dramatists Guild Institute. M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, Carnegie Mellon University. B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic. I am a certified personal trainer and yoga teacher. I live in Maine, which means I travel on demand.
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I used to get up every day and write. I did that from 1998 to 2017. Amazing how the years pile on; I’m turning 63. Starting in 2017, I lost my steady consulting gig that paid for what royalties did not. I needed to reinvent myself. I was also turning 60. Always a mover and active exerciser, I thought that maybe becoming a personal trainer would kill two birds with one stone. It would allow me to spend a portion of my day not leaning over my computer and allow me to make money helping people. I certified and began working as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. It completely changed my writing schedule as I was more often in the gym at 8 in the morning than at my desk. And yet, somehow, and I can’t explain it, I am writing about the same amount as ever. I was always a religious write every single day type. I don’t write every day now and sometimes I can’t remember the last time I sat down and yet, I’ve written three plays and started a fourth over the last year and that doesn’t count other shorter works. I also teach dramatic writing regularly which I love and is good for keeping my mind in the process of writing. I added Yoga training in 2019 and am currently working on my 300 hours and a certificate in nutrition. And yet I write, and still I write, I have faith that writing too will happen. I am fairly introverted, more of a novelist personality, but I write for the theatre because I want to be in the room for the conversation. I write to get in the room for rehearsal and production. To debate and argue, agree and disagree, discover and grow.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
In the midst of a new long play based on Gertrude Stein's book - Quod Erat Demonstrandum Things as They Are. You can read what I'm up to at www.andrealepcio.com. Also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with my full name.
lesbian, queer, political, memoir, climate, justice, immigration, economy, Beckett, baseball, Judaism, marriage, redemption
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