We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth A. M. Keel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
My favorite quote comes from Vincent Van Gogh: “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” I think it reflects the need to have various loves in your life: a mix of people and opportunities that aren’t all limited to your immediate industry. That way you can recharge your spirits elsewhere, and then return to the work that needs to be done, and give it the best of yourself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The Houston theatre community is the she-wolf that raised me into the writer I am today. I’ve been destroyed by the powerful offerings of Catastrophic Theatre and baked in the heat of Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller every summer. I’ve earned dual degrees through the UH School of Theatre and found true empowerment beneath Mildred’s Umbrella. All this to say: theatre is a team sport, and I could not hope to create it without the other players who populate our fair city. My personal brand is one of science fiction, humor, magic, strong women, and hopeful ensembles, and I’m proud to have developed those tastes here.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love a hypothetical. If my bestie Sarah were to suddenly appear, we’d spend some time leisurely browsing Brazos Bookstore, snag a fun lunch at Picnic, take a walk through Hermann Park’s Japanese Garden, and then go catch an evening show at a local theatre.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give my Shoutout to the Rec Room Writer’s Group. We are the inaugural cohort. The premise is that ten local Houston playwrights are workshopping each other’s new scripts. (Readings are forthcoming this summer!) We have been coming together bi-weekly since December, and it’s been an incredible master class to learn from so many different styles and approaches. Writing can be a lonely pursuit, but the Rec Room Writer’s Group has been a stalwart family of support.
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