Has script writing always been an interest of yours, or were you initially more focused on other areas of theatre and film?
It has but I didn’t have any idea that’s what I was doing. I was writing dialogue in journals for years before I made any type of attempt at structured storytelling.
How has your time as a professor at Loyola impacted you as an artist?
Greatly. First and foremost, it forced clarity on my own work. I never impose process in the classroom because my own process is unique to me as an artist. I think you can teach structure and storytelling fundamentals but leave the individual voice to the individual writer.
Your credits are vast and encompass all areas of production; including acting, writing, and directing. What made you want to become a professor of theatre?
I always thought I end up teaching after a long and illustrious professional career, you know, when I was in my sixties. I was very fortunate to be given an opportunity to teach well before that. I also realized early on that teaching plays into the curiosity that makes creativity happen.
Where did you find the inspiration for your piece in Illuminating Voices: “On The Horizon”?
I snuck up to the empty upper floors of Mundelein well before the renovation began. I knew I’d have something to say about how that space made me feel.
What were your thoughts when you were approached about taking part in the Illuminating Voices project?
Great! I’m in. Thank you for the opportunity.
How do you think that the opening of the Newhart Family Theatre will affect the arts at Loyola?
Oh, I’m beyond hopeful. I can’t imagine a fine university NOT having a strong and vibrant performing arts program. Look, Loyola’s mission is transformation – reflection and seeing God in all things. What better way to express these ideals than the Arts?