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North Carolina by Kim Stinson

North Carolina by Kim Stinson

Gabrielle Sinclair, a North Carolina member, has been keeping busy. In addition to having her piece Good Morning, Baby Dragons appear at the 2017 Greensboro Fringe Festival, she has had her full-length piece, The Resolute, read by two different theatre companies with an additional workshop production by the Wyoming Theater Festival in September 2017. Additionally, she has started The Storyhound Theatrical Detective Agency (Storyhound), along with Jini Zlatniski.

According to their Facebook page, Storyhound is a, “Pop-up theatre company…investigating the creative process and growing new ways to craft, nurture, and share brand new theatre in Greensboro, NC.”

Their first project was a collaboration amongst various types of artists, The Greensboro Grapevine. The venture started with a song from a musical group that led to new works by poets, visual artists, and, ultimately, playwrights.

Sinclair’s website states that, “The project engaged in new work with a great crowd and 27 local artists – musicians, poets, painters and actors in one communal and super fun night and also kickstarted the beginnings of The Storyhound Theatrical Detective Agency.”

The site goes on to offer, “The Greensboro Grapevine is an experiment in art made simultaneously solo and through collaboration, and in the surprising results of profound misunderstanding.”

The misunderstandings must have created meaningful works as the event was so successful that they had their third iteration of The Greensboro Grapevine on September 23, 2017, at Scuppernong Books in downtown Greensboro. The event included music, poetry, and plays that were created based on the inspiration of the same piece of sculpture by a local artist.

In a Facebook message, Sinclair talked of her reasons for starting the company, “in spring 2016 to investigate theatrical process, collaboration, and genre in the pursuit of dynamic new theatre in Greensboro.”

They have three upcoming projects this season. They are developing theatre for young audience pieces for infants and toddlers through an eight-month residency at City Arts in Greensboro, titled “Play Dates.” They are to produce plays with a tie to physics which will be monologues, short scenes, and one-acts. And, they are holding a reading series of short plays, poems, and flash fiction.

Sinclair holds an MFA in playwriting from Actors Studio Drama School. Her plays have won awards, such as the Mark Gilbert Award/NC New Play Project and the 2017 Georgia Theatre Conference One-Act Play Competition. She has also participated in a residency at The Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris, Maine.

“My plays were meant to be layer cakes and instead became casseroles,” she says of her works. “Neither neat nor tidy. They are like pineapple and cheese casseroles. And they are sublime and ridiculous and no matter how far I run, to the other end of America or the other side of time, they are fiercely, absurdly, painfully Southern.”

More information on Sinclair’s works can be found at her website, http://www.gabriellesinclair.com. More information on these various projects can be found by emailing thestoryhounds@gmail.com.