I don't usually write articles, but a former Theater History teacher challenged me to write something about how Theater History and Dramaturgy has affected my life and how it relates to the world today. It took me a long time to look for the words, and how I wanted to approach the topic. There's a plethora of information and plays, and cultures...and where does one begin??
I decided to start simply and come from myself and I wanted to use sources I knew most people could relate to, or at least research themselves. Then I used my life as an example, I used mental health, and my mother as a way to show the strength of women in the opressive construct of society. It became an important piece for me to write. I wasn't comparing women to mental health, I wanted to make people aware of mental health and how important it is to have a discussion about it. And women have been opressed in many ways and in different cultures, and I started to see just how far back in history through writing we see this.
Once I was done writing the article, I put it away and forgot all about it until recently when I saw my former Theater teacher, now friend and colleague, and I couldn't believe he remembered my article. He told me to send it to "The Good Men Project" because it provokes thought and is a good piece of writing. I didn't think they would accept it, but upon submiting a few days later, I received an email that they were going to publish the article. I couldn't believe it! I was very excited and honored. Now I feel inspired to write more articles, but not just on the same subject. I'm open to anything I feel I can express myself through as an artist.
Check out the article with the above link or click here, and I hope you enjoy it.