nora louise syran
Nora is a first generation Norwegian-American writer and a teacher of literature, theatre arts and music which has allowed her to travel, write and produce plays and, above all, learn from her students the world over. She is a member of the SACD (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques) and the Dramatists Guild. She studied under poet Brigit Pegeen Kelly at the University of Illinois.
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MORE ABOUT ME
What play or production changed your life? Seeing Beckett's Happy Days at the Goodman decades ago...as a teenager. It was my first real serious, professional piece of theater. I marveled at it all: the set, the acting, the lighting, the absurdity. It all felt right. Not absurd at all. I feel most like myself when I .. I feel most like myself when I am creating; from designing and building a set, to writing a play, to cooking dinner... If you could bring one change to theater, what would it be? That audiences could afford to see any play they like, in the same way the cinema is accessible. And if the audience were there, theatres would produce more...and more...and more... What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not writing? I love to walk/hike and I adore listening to stories read aloud. Prefer it to reading. Always have. Why do you keep doing theater? I have no choice. I've finally worked out what I want to be when I grow up: a playwright.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I'm finishing up 20+ years of projects I've written and produced and never sent out into the world.... and I am currently working on a play about the Impressionists from the perspective of the female artists: Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot and Suzanne Valadon. It will be an adult departure from my play for all audiences: IMPRESSIONS OF PARIS
Family, Children, Mystery, Thriller, Equality, Pandemic, Climate, Environmental, Historical, Adaptations, Fable/folktales, Immersive/site- specific, satire, biography, fantasy, science fiction, radio plays, verse, musical, period, Young Audiences, holida
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