Writer, Editor, Playwright, Director, Coach
Writers passionate about their novels, plays, memoirs, business writing, and essays will find Spain a champion, cheerleader and tough editor.
Providing services from line edits to content, style, and form discussions, she works with you so that your writing is clear, direct, expressive and of the highest quality. Your goals deeply matter to her, she is finished when you are happy. With 20+ years teaching, editing, and writing, Spain has experience in copy editing, design and communication with creatives. Her work in theater has taught her the process of bringing work from the page to the stage and back. Dialogue, character development and plot-making using the Susan Zeder method are among her strengths. After playwriting workshops with Mark Medoff and Ntozake Shange, Spain understands the need to draft and redraft to completion.
A playwright, director, and actor who teaches at the University of Nevada Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College, her plays include Killarney Sabbatical (she was the Playwright in Residence at Good Luck Macbeth Theater in Reno, NV where the play was produced in 2014), No News which was produced by Bruka Theater), No Lasting Harm (original title Street People and produced at the San Francisco Fringe Festival), Up On Deercreek (produced at the Noh Space Theater of Yugen) and To Whom Should I Complain? (winner of the Purdue University playwriting award).
Spain has a Master of Fine Arts in Theater from Purdue University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Boise State University. Owner of 2nd Act Scriptorium, Spain has written and edited plays, business plans, programming grants and private foundation requests for her client list at federal, state and local levels, and has been successful with private foundation and corporate asks. Her career also includes work as the Executive Director of Sierra Arts Foundation, Public Art Specialist for the City of Reno, Grants Program Coordinator at the Nevada Arts Council and as Executive Director of the Nevada Alliance for Arts Education.