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Writers’ Rough Drafts – Episode #63 With Audley Puglisi

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Audley Puglisi is a playwright and poet. Cutting his teeth on the acting side of theater, he decided to step away from the stage when he started studying at Oberlin College, where he majored in Africana Studies. After a particularly insightful course on African and black performances, and some encouragement from his professors, he decided to look into playwriting. After school, he worked at community theaters like the Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, while also working diligently on his own scripts. 

Eventually, he took the leap and applied for The Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (or VONA) fellowship, and was awarded a coveted spot. Since then, he has landed a residency at the Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, and a Lambda Literary Fellowship. He currently is studying for a Master’s in Fine Arts at Yale University, and he had his New York City workshop debut with his show “Blues for Miss Lucille,” a Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award finalist.

What You’ll Learn About Writing This Week:

  • How you can love something—but that doesn’t mean you have to do it in “that certain way”
  • Making the mental leap from acting to playwriting
  • Why it matters so much for people to see themselves in writing and art
  • The value of mentors when you’re figuring out how to pursue your dreams
  • Why you should find the intersection between the traditional stuff you love and the new stuff you’re intrigued by
  • Ways to build your own community of writers and creators, even if it’s outside of a program
  • How the specific reveals the universal
  • What happens with a script after you share it with the rest of a theater team

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About the Author Elisa Doucette

Elisa Doucette is a writer and editor who works with professional writers, entrepreneurs, and brands that want to make their own words even better. She is the Founder of Craft Your Content, and oversees Client Strategy and Writing Coaching. Her own writing has been featured in places like Forbes, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Yahoo! Small Business, and The Huffington Post, among others. She also hosts the Writers' Rough Drafts podcast here on CYC. When she isn't writing, editing, or reading words, she can usually be found at a local pub quiz, deep in a sun salutation, or binging TV shows for concept ideas and laughs.

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