Playwright Georgette Kelly took some time out to talk to us about theaters responsibility to a diverse community, her childhood and advice to aspiring writers. She was apart of the 2015 list for The Kilroys Organization. (http://thekilroys.org)
Tell us about your childhood growing up. Could you tell us what your family is like?
What is your earliest memory of theater? What was the first play you read/specific playwright's work you admired? Did this inspire you to pursue a playwrighting career or was it something else?
What has inspired you to write any particular piece of work? Could you give us a few examples of your earlier work and compare it to more recent work. How does it differ or relate?
A couple of your plays feature LGBT relationships. Could you reflect a bit on that dynamic and what diversity in theater means to you? (Content, casting, etc)
Tell us about your education at Northwestern University and Hunters College! Was there a particular instructor or experience that was especially crucial to your creative development as an artist?
What advice would you share with an aspiring playwright?
Congratulations on your recent recognition by the Kilroys Organization (among your many accolades)! The list of recognized playwrights featured a wide variety of diverse plays from female and transgender writers. Do you have a criticism or praise of the writings you have seen emerge from contemporary writers?
Are you working on your next project already and if so, could you tell us a little bit about it?
Some personal favorites: what is your favorite movie, book or TV show?
Favorite place to write? Do you do any creative exercises to get in the writing zone?
Could you tell us about your teaching career and how past experiences have shaped your teaching style. What do you hope your students take from your classes?