We Don't Know What This Is Yet: From Pandemic to Provocative Theatre

Company Artist Stephanie Lazenby is a writer, performer and teaching artist. Collaborating is her creative power and she uses the medium of comedy in all of her creative endeavors. As a teaching artist she leads students through the writing process to create and perform an original play or skit based on the subject they are studying. She uses songwriting, choreography and humor in her workshops. The best is when years later she runs into a student at the Market Basket and they can still sing the rap they wrote about a smack down between the planets Jupiter and Pluto from the play they wrote about the Solar System. Here’s a sample:Jupiter: You were done because you didn’t pass the planetary test. You were always just a little pest. Messing around with Neptune’s orbit. These are the facts, you just gotta absorb it. She has performed as co-host of TedX Portsmouth and host of the Pecha Kucha series at 3S Artspace. She created, facilitates and hosts the Couch to Mic program and performance at NHTP. Students spend four weeks writing and rehearsing their comedy piece and perform for a live audience on the 5th week. She is currently launching her one person show, which is about memory and time. Her writing has been published locally and nationally. She had a monthly column in The Herald called Mom’s in the City which ran for five years. She was thrilled to interview Anne Rice and they talked about Bon Jovi and writing while listening to heavy metal. (Anne can do that. Stephanie cannot.) "NHTP is important to me because it is authentic and everything that flows from NHTP is rooted in that principle. That clarity is crucial to a theatre and anyone who comes through the doors -as an audience member, artist or plumber - feels it and knows it. Creatively, I thrive being a part of a group and I love being a part of this group."

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