Ellen Steves

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NAME:  Ellen Steves

HOMETOWN, COUNTRY:   Colorado, USA

NAME OF THESIS PROJECT:   HATE/WATCH

MENTOR:  Sheila Callaghan

Can you provide me with a brief synopsis about your play or project that you are presenting as part of your thesis?

Hate/Watch is about a group of old friends who agree to participate in a documentary about addiction. When an intervention fails, they take things into their own hands.


Can you tell me a little bit about the origin of this play? Where did the idea come from? Did you work on it in class?

I was watching Intervention, and then I felt sick to my stomach. Sick because of the obvious exploitation of addicts and their families, and sick because I like it.


Who is your mentor? Why did you want them as your mentor?

Sheila Callaghan is my mentor. I chose her because I love her work, and she has created a life in which she can write for television and write for the stage, without having to sacrifice either. She is also just the coolest lady around town.


Is there a question that your play is asking, or that you were seeking to answer when you started writing this play?

Nope. I just want to torture some people.


What has been most challenging about this process?

Plays are a joy to write. I’ve been having a great time!

 What would you like to be doing in 10 years?

In ten years, I will be 38. I hope to be a workaholic.

Anything else you would like to say?

Everything is a mess. I don’t know what’s real and what’s entertainment anymore.

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Ellen Steves is a member of boom!, a production company located in bedstuy, brooklyn. www.boomtheater.com