Andrea Stolowitz is a 2012 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient in drama.
Andrea is a graduate of the
MFA playwriting program at the University of California San Diego. She
currently teaches at Willamette University and the University of Portland, and
has served on the theater studies faculty at Duke University and UC San Diego.
She is a founding member of Playwrights West and is the Portland Regional
Representative to the Dramatists Guild. Andrea’s plays, Bad Family, Seascapes, Playing the Course, Berlin Circles, Hotel
Traumbad, and Geological Disturbances
have been finalists or winners for numerous awards and prizes.
asked what’s in the works, Andrea says: “The next play I intend to write
centers around women soldiers. I have been very interested in the experience of
women soldiers both in terms of what they experience during their military
service, but also once they return home. Currently women veterans have a
significantly higher suicide rate than their male counterparts. I am interested
in interviewing women veterans and hearing about their combat experience and
their civilian experience.”
In his judge's comments, H.L. Hix wrote: “We the
audience are not suspended between events,
as is most typical… In Antarktikos,
Stolowitz suspends us instead between two conditions. Are we in Antarctica or in Oregon? Are we with [the character] Susan in
the present time, or with the Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott in 1913…
The power of this form of suspense is that we are not released from it. Stolowitz’s Antarktikos will continue to haunt its viewers long after a
performance of it ends.”
We asked Andrea if she had any advice for this year's fellowship applicants. She replied:
Don't take any
rejections personally. Remember to open the champagne for the smallest positive
development. Don't forget to remind yourself you are good at what you do.
Develop a thick skin and decide what you need to live your life and make your
art and don't divert from that until you your heart tells you to.
Applications for the 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowships
are due June 29, 2012. There is no charge to apply! Fellowships are
awarded in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama and young readers
literature. Fellowships are also offered for independent publishers.
Fellowships will be awarded in the amount of $2500.
Fellowship applications can be found online at: http://www.literary-arts.org/oba-home/apply/fellowships/
Or email Susan Denning, she will send you an application!