100 Creatives

100 Creatives 2014: Kendall Kaminsky, Playwright

What did you do last weekend? Laundry? Dinner with friends? Last weekend, University of Houston theater student Kendal Kaminsky had the world premiere of her play The End of Side A. The 22-year-old was selected from several other playwriting students to develop a full-length play. Working with UH Professor Rob Shimko, who directed the premiere, Keminsky wrote The End of Side A. The play, Kaminsky says, focus on a college-age brother and sister who discover some tapes their father recorded years before. She first began thinking about the project after seeing a documentary on the audio vérité movement; that gave her the idea to use found sound.

Kaminsky came to playwrighting "late" she says. "I was a senior in high school. I had been acting but I knew I didn't want to continue acting. I liked writing but I knew I wanted to write dialogue not prose. It took me a while to put two and two together, but I finally did my senior year. Along with The End of Side A, she's written two short works that she entered in the UH 10-Minute Play Festival.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez