No matter what you are writing – Memoir? Solo Show? Great American Novel? Screenplay? Full-length Play? A TV Pilot? Webseries? –
there are certain tenants that apply.
These are the elements that can generate a new piece, inspire you to do a rewrite, or remind yourself:
If not now, when?
Michael Kearns creates a safe, nonjudgmental space that allows me to color outside of the lines and find my true voice. As a writer and solo performer, he encourages me to be daring and plumb the depths of my emotional reservoir to create work that’s intimate and exciting.– Dave Trudell
Whether while sitting around a table in the pre-COVID days, or looking at each other’s faces in the zoom world, Write and Shine got me past every writer’s worst enemy, the fear of reworking every word on a page to reflect the true intention of what we have to say; I wrote a book in this class that people told me for years needed to be written. Listening to Michael’s coaching and each other’s work has made all of us writers in the truest sense because every session sharpens us in the practice of putting words together to tell a story, make a point or expose a larger truth.– Darya Teesewell
Working with Michael Kearns changed my life. I came to him, stuck on a project, and in nine months he helped me write an all new, off-Broadway solo play.– Lan Tran
During the Twenty-First Century, it is teaching that has informed Kearns’ career.
Even after teaching acting for well over two decades, it didn’t occur to him that he could teach writing. When he began directing a number of solo performers in the Nineties, delving into the dramaturgy of their pieces, a real sense of being capable of teaching the art of writing emerged.