September 25, 2015
Erin Breznitsky '06 is a New York City playwright, sound designer and theater artist. Her plays include: The Kitchen Table Plays, Sverginata and Hands. She is the recipient of the 2012 Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting. She is currently the community arts coordinator for Sing for Hope.
Unlike a screen writer, you're involved in the production of your plays. How did you find your interest behind the scenes?
I always knew I was a writer, and I always loved music and theatre but it never occurred to me to put those two things together until well after college. I started writing plays on the side, dropped everything to study at Sarah Lawrence College's Theatre MFA program, and never looked back.
How does your creative writing major interact with screen writing?
The techniques I learned at SU [are ones that I] implement constantly in my playwriting. How to create real, rounded characters with distinct voices; how to tell a story with a strong narrative arc; how to listen to language; how to manipulate language; how to read (and listen, and watch) as a writer, as opposed to reading/listening/watching as a consumer; how to give feedback.
What does it mean to you to have been a part of Susquehanna's creative writing program?
I'm so proud to be an alum of the SU Writer's Institute—it was the exact right program for me as an undergrad, and I wouldn't be the writer I am today without what I learned in my time there.