TS: As we approach the first development for the show, what are you most looking forward to? Have you worked on anything like this before?
MA: I am looking forward to collaborating with the other writers and interweaving our different storylines together. I worked on a similar project of writing for performance for the Boundless Festival in partnership with Urban Theatre Projects, however, what makes this project different is being a part of a group of writers whose characters cross over into each other’s stories.
TS: Whose writing do you really admire? Who are your main influences?
MA: I really admire the work of Michael Mohammad Ahmad and Jenny Zhang. My work is heavily influenced by the Sweatshop writers group and the Imagist poets.
TS: What is a conversation Australia needs to have right now?
MA: There needs to be a discussion about the continuing trend of telling other people’s stories. We need to talk about how we can make space for diverse writers to tell their own stories.