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  • Writer's pictureAllison Sheff

2020. Oyes and Joys.

This has been such a challenging year in so many ways, but it has also been a blessing in others, and for that, I am exceedingly grateful.

I have had a distant relationship with writing for many years, but never considered myself a writer. When the shutdown happened, I turned my attention to writing, more as a form of therapy and creative expression than anything else. After taking a playwrighting class, several friends encouraged me to pursue this writing thing further. I applied and was accepted into three MFA programs for playwrighting. Ultimately, I decided not to attend, but this whole experience gave me a newfound confidence in my writing, and has been a wonderful new creative path that I have begun exploring.

My article “When the Show Can’t Go On” was published in OnStage Blog in April 2020. In August 2020 they published my article “How to Have a Conversation With the Artist in Your Life”. I've also been working on several short plays and screenplays and I look forward to sharing them in the future.

In June 2020, my husband and I launched Anxiety and the Artist. A podcast that explores artists relationship with anxiety while offering insight and inspiration. We are now in our third season and I am so honored by the guests who have shared their stories, their insight and their vulnerability.

Also in June 2020 I was a Featured Artist with Parity Productions. Parity Productions promotes gender parity in theater for women, trans and gender-expansive artists.

In May 2020 we did another developmental reading of Starborn: A Disco Odyssey.

In September 2020 I directed Him and Her by Denis Guidone for the New Short Play Festival.

My husband and I are huge outdoor buffs and we were so grateful for the time we had to spend enjoying nature this past summer. We spent some time in Western Massachusetts, and had the opportunity to hike part of the Appalachian trail and go zip lining for the first time.

Never met a kayak I didn't like.

We were also able to spend some time on Block Island, and witness some of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen and got a surprise visit from some beloved family.

Hiking in Block Island

Looking forward to the adventures that 2021 has in store, and to a time when we can all hug, laugh, and create in the same physical space.




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