We had the good fortune of connecting with Germaine Shames and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Germaine, what do you attribute your success to?
In a word, tenacity. Success, a term I use, not as an end, but a dynamic evolving process, usually takes longer to achieve than one anticipates or wishes. The ongoing challenge of holding a vision and keeping the fragile spark of inspiration alive is one that I embrace and have made a way of life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a former novelist, story is at the core of all I create. I write listening for the still, small voice and trust it to deliver a message at once gut-honest and ennobling. I tell stories that open hearts and minds, make issues achingly and inescapably personal, and don’t let go. This has been true the whole of my writing career, whether reporting from a combat zone, crafting a novel, or writing for the screen. Theatre has given me a creative home and caring community where I may realize my vision of a possible world. Nothing stirs me as deeply as the current of shared excitement that runs through a live audience when a play is working its magic. These past seven years, I have created a body of work consisting of dozens of plays, eight full-length musicals, and five operas, and have had works produced in such cities as NYC, Chicago and Minneapolis. My goal is to earn a place in the American theatre repertoire for these and future works by engaging audiences with barrier-breaking stories that challenge, inspire, and bring about positive change.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would head into nature—and stay there, drinking in the majestic desert sunrises and sunsets.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Claire Beckman, Producing Artistic Director of Brave New World Repertory Theatre
Other: New Play Exchange: https://newplayexchange.org/users/2551/germaine-shames