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songmaker / playwriter / gamewright

Hi, I'm Devan Wardrop-Saxton (she/her)! I'm a writer making plays, songs, games, and poems in the woods just outside Portland, OR.

 

My work is rooted in the American folk traditions I grew up in: songs transmuted through generations of singers; ghost stories that tell us more about the storyteller than the ghost; the vibrant necessity of simultaneous, contradictory accounts. It often explores questions related to intergenerational memory, the intimate complexities of determining identity by ourselves v. in relationship with our communities, and what true reconciliation asks of us. I'm inspired by emotions in our lives that aren't easily untangled and relationships whose importance to us is so much larger than what cultural norms expect. I love language, especially when it fails, and am always trying to pin down the miracle that is a moment of being fully, truly seen.

Past work includes writing One Without the Other, a national semi-finalist for the John Cauble Short Play Award, composing the original score for Anon it Moves' The Winter's Tale, co-devising for the Drammy-award nominated ... And the Great Refraction!, collaborating with writer/performer Ames Miyako Williams on their solo piece Metaxuand releasing my debut EP of original music, The City Where You Live, in 2015. In summer 2022 my poems "soup song" and "I I I wish" were published by the lickety~split.

I'm a proud associate artist of new works lab String House Theatre, and am grateful to have received artist residencies with D'Clinic Studios (Zalaegerszeg, Hungary), Shaking the Tree Theatre (Portland, OR), and Sou'wester Arts (Seaview, WA). I'm a graduate of the Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington Teaching Artist Studio, and have been on the teaching staff at California Coast Music Camp, Northwest Women's Music Celebration, and Northwest Writers' Weekend. B.A., Theatre & German Studies with a Distinction in Dramaturgy from Lewis & Clark College.

+ drop me a line at devankws@gmail.com to say hello or be added to my mailing list!

+ listen to my music on Bandcamp

+ play my games on itch.io

+ check out my CV (.pdf)!

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