Getting To Know: Abby

Hi guys, I’m Abby and I’m the new Artistic Associate/Community Manager at Dark Matter! I’m a born and raised New Yorker so I’ve basically ate and slept theater since my mom took me to see an eighteen year old Laura Benanti in The Sound of Music when I was five (talk about a #tbt.) I’m primarily a director (companies include Exquisite Corpse, The 24 Hour Plays, Ugly Rhino, and ESPA)  but have worked in many off-Broadway theaters in various administrative capacities including Second Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, New Dramatists, Atlantic Theater Company, Young Playwrights Inc., and Primary Stages. I’m also a sketch comedy writer at The Upright Citizens Brigade and work for Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.

My favorite plays are written by currently living female playwrights who create strong roles for women and actually write how people talk, which are harder to find than you would think. My leftist Upper West Side upbringing and my schooling at the small liberal arts college that often gets in the New York Times for its decisions to take on social justice issues has gotten me to the point where I couldn’t not care about activism - I love using theater for social change because I have learned so much about other people and issues by seeing plays and want to provide the same experience for others.

Fun facts about me:

I cannot drive or ride a bike.

I am left handed, and attribute that to my lacking abilities in the handwriting drawing and using sharp objects department.

I was once alone in an elevator with John Krasinski.

If I tell you something random/specific/interesting it probably came from listening to NPR One.

I have a “strong women” bookshelf which includes plays and books written by people like Nora Ephron, Hillary Clinton, and Mindy Kaling. It is flanked by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler action figures.

I am always hungry.

When I was 13 I had a word document with google images of all of my celebrity boyfriends, and I would probably still marry those people if given the chance.