Amy Escobar Portrait by Yuliya Rae Photographer

Amy Escobar is a writer, performer, and creative raised in the Pacific Northwest. She weaves communal spells with practical magic and conscious language, telling stories that tend toward the dark feminine, uncanny, and dumb.

Her work is influenced by her background as a professional puppeteer with Thistle Theatre; trained in a tabletop modification of the Japanese form, Bunraku, as well as object manipulation, rod, hand, and shadow puppetry.

She is the recipient of a 2018 GAP Award from Artist Trust and a 2019 CityArtists Award from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture for the development and production of her new play We Go Mad and a 2018 4Culture Art Projects Grant for When You Wish Upon a Pizza; a commission with the 14/48 Projects as a part of their Parks Program which creates free summer theater for families in King County.

She was chosen to attend the HBMG Foundation’s 2018 National Winter Playwrights Retreat as the Rain City Projects sponsored playwright and has received support from Hedgebrook as a VORTEXT scholarship awardee. Her first play Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine (Annex Theater) was a 2017 Gregory Award nominee for Outstanding New Play.

 

Artist Statement

I seek to create work that heals, that is openhearted, and relevant; to approach dark subjects fearlessly in fantastic realms with humor, heart, and a touch of madness.