Parenting & Playwriting

A series on balancing responsibilities as a working playwright and as a parent.

Parenting and Playwriting
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Parenting and Playwriting

Boundaries, Please

25 February 2017

Catherine Trieschmann sets rules to govern her daily news consumption. 

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Parenting and Playwriting

The Lady Doth Protest (but not enough)

25 January 2017

Catherine Trieschmann attends a political rally, but has trouble not criticizing it through a theatrical lens.

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Parenting and Playwriting

The Birth of an Actor at Bethlehem

23 December 2016

Catherine Trieschmann’s daughter is mis-cast as the lead in the Christmas pageant.

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Parenting and Playwriting

How to Comfort Our Daughters

8 December 2016

Catherine Trieschmann considers how to talk to her children about the US presidential election results.

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Parenting and Playwriting

Killer Clowns, Donald Trump, and Other Ghouls

30 October 2016

Catherine Trieschmann on her children’s fears and the importance of Halloween.

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Parenting and Playwriting

No Talent, No Show

15 September 2016

Catherine Trieschmann coaches her daughter through the heartbreak of rejection from the school talent show.

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Parenting and Playwriting

Coffee Spoons

14 November 2015

Playwright Catherine Trieschmann discusses tracking her writing output as her daughter tracks her reading.

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Parenting and Playwriting

From the Mouths of Babes, Feedback

3 October 2015

Catherine Trieschmann writes about her first experience bringing her children to a production of one of her shows.

Playwriting and Parenting
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Playwriting and Parenting

The (Re)Education of Laura

16 July 2015

In this installment, Catherine Trieschmann shares what happened when her daughter became addicted to "Frozen" Radio, and a musical re-education became imperative. 

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Parenting and Playwriting

The Boyfriend Plot

19 March 2015

Catherine Trieschmann tackles what happens when she leads storytelling exercises with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, and almost all of them write about boyfriends.

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Parenting and Playwriting

The Pageant, part III

24 December 2014

In this installment, Catherine gets her dream job of directing the Christmas Pageant, only to find out her professional experience might not be too helpful with this production. 

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Parenting and Playwriting

Excuses

10 December 2014

In her latest installment, Catherine Trieschmann explores turning forty, leaky roofs, advice for parents on how to save money on childcare, and what to do when you’re working from home with your child.

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Parenting and Playwriting

Gotta Dance

31 July 2014

Nothing stirs my blood quite like the soft knock of toe shoes on a wood floor during a piqué. And so I admit, I may have exhibited a little too much enthusiasm when Laura, four, expressed a passing interest in taking a ballet class this summer.

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Parenting and Playwriting

Worksong

28 June 2014

My feelings are more complicated than merely wishing my children would share my love of theater, however, because what I really want is for my children to love the theater, to appreciate all their access, but have absolutely no desire to pursue it as a career.

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Parenting and Playwriting

In the Back Row

29 April 2014

A couple of months ago, HowlRound hosted a discussion about parenting and theater on Twitter hashtag #newplay, and perhaps the most interesting question to emerge from the discussion was simply: "Should I bring my kid to rehearsal?"

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Playwriting and Parenting

New Year, New Me

29 January 2014

Maybe it stems from the being a creative personality or being behind in writing projects, Catherine Trieschmann questions whether a renewal of occupation will uplift her creative stagnation.

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Parenting & Playwriting

While I was Gone

8 November 2013

On this week's edition of Parenting & Playwriting with Catherine Treischmann: going away to work on your art.

Multiple pencils in a cup.
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Parenting & Playwriting

School to Back

2 September 2013

On this edition of Parenting & Playwriting with Catherine Trieschmann: the first days of school.

A cartoon baby.
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Parenting & Playwriting

Unplugged

6 July 2013

On this edition of Parenting & Playwriting with Catherine Trieschmann: unplugging from the internet... and pacifiers. 

Aerial view of an airport covered in snow.
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Parenting & Playwriting

Snow in April

27 April 2013

On this edition of Parenting & Playwriting with Catherine Trieschmann: looking for optimism in the wake of the Boston Bombings, and finding empathy in the darkest of times.

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Parenting & Playwriting

Preggers by Catherine Trieschmann

9 February 2013

This week on Parenting & Playwriting, Catherine Trieschmann does not offer advice... but, rather, offers up some ideas on the very many ways to handle pregnancy as a theatre artist.

A nativity scene.
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Parenting & Playwriting

The Pageant, part II

5 January 2013

On this week's edition of Parenting & Playwriting with Catherine Trieschmann: an update on Catherine's Christmas pageant saga.

A nativity scene.
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Parenting & Playwriting

The Pageant

24 November 2012

On this edition of Parenting & Playwriting with Catherine Trieschmann: our advice columnist needs your advice! Should she stand up for her vision of this year's Christmas pageant and take the director's seat?

A disgruntled mother holds her child.
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Parenting & Playwriting

School Jitters

22 September 2012

On this edition of Parenting & Playwriting: learning how to let go on the first day of school.

A landscape of a creek next to a rocky cliff.
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Parenting & Playwriting

A Room with a View

18 August 2012

On this week's edition of Parenting & Playwriting with Catherine Trieschmann: what's a mom to do when they can't bring her kids with her on a retreat?

A cartoon spider hanging from a web.
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Parenting & Playwriting

The Spider Outside Your Door

8 July 2012

On this edition of Parenting & Playwriting with Catherine Trieschmann: the appearance of one little spider can change one's views on writing and life.

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Parenting & Playwriting

Packing for the Guilt Trip

17 June 2012

This post is the fifth column of a regular series on Parenting & Playwriting. In this edition, Catherine Trieschmann writes about the idea of working parent's guilt.

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Parenting & Playwriting

What I did for Love

26 May 2012

Catherine Treischmann's Parenting & Playwriting series continues with a question about new play development: when you're offered out-of-town production and development oppurtunities, what do you do when you're the primary caregiver to small children?

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"...and scene."

20 May 2012

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder chronicles her adventures as a mother and playwright at the Alabama Shakespeare Festivals's Southern Writers' Project.

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Why Every Working Mother (Parent) Needs a Stage Manager
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Why Every Working Mother (Parent) Needs a Stage Manager

16 May 2012

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder continues her series on being a playwright and mother at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Southern Writers' Project. This installment: developing a new play while parenting your child should surely come with a stage manager.

Several colorful bags with children's toys lying among them.
Keep the Drama on the Stage
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Keep the Drama on the Stage

14 May 2012

Playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder returns to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Southern Writers’ Project with a new play and a new kid. Follow Elyzabeth in this three part series as she tries to balance rewrites and rehearsals with the challenges of being a working mom on the road.

Diane Keaton with a baby in a chair next to her.
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Parenting & Playwriting

Having It All

28 April 2012

Catherine Trieschmann continues her column on parenting as a playwright with answering a reader's question regarding "having it all." Can anyone have it all? And who would you rather be – Diane Keaton or Sam Shepherd?

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Parenting & Playwriting

When do you write?

17 March 2012

In her latest installment, Catherine Trieschmann talks about finding time to write... when you're busy taking care of very tiny humans.

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Parenting & Playwriting

Sharing Bad Reviews with My Children

18 February 2012

Catherine Trieschmann kicks off her new advice column about parenthood and playwriting with a perplexing question: is it okay to share your bad reviews with your kids?

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Parenting and Playwriting

18 September 2011

For Catherine Trieschmann, parenthood interrupted her playwriting process by taking up time that used to be spent daydreaming.

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