Podcast Episode 186 – Playwright Dominique Morisseau
Dominique Morisseau is having a moment.
You might not have heard her name before this year when she got the call to Broadway with her book for Ain’t Too Proud, but she has been sloggin’ it out in this city for twenty years and has been a writer for her entire life.
Dominique and I have been trying to have this podcast convo for a while now, and boy was it worth the wait. In a quick thirty minutes, we talked about:
- How getting a great quantity of her work out in the world as she was coming up helped her improve her skills and get noticed.
- Why not understanding the word “No” was an essential part of her becoming a writer in the first place.
- Why she’s cautiously optimistic about where we are right now and where we’re headed with diversity in the arts. . . and what still makes her nervous.
- She doesn’t read reviews. Ever. Listen why.
- How long she had to be an “emerging artist” and whether or not emerging = young. (See, I told you in last week’s blog that this was a subject people were talking a lot about lately!)
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