San Diego Decameron Project Anthology and Book Launch

My essay, Such Vitality!, is included in the newly published The San Diego Decameron Project Anthology. Along with many of the authors, I will be reading a brief excerpt on Monday, March 21, 2022 at 6:30pm to celebrate the anthology launch. Copies will be available for purchase at the event. I resisted and resented takingContinue reading “San Diego Decameron Project Anthology and Book Launch”

Purple Waves

I finally finished this painting of my son riding the waves. In “Such Vitality!“, my essay for The San Diego Decameron Project, I talked about being stuck at the beach while he surfed. I found nature at the mouth of the San Diego River, which led to The TAG Project. My work with Creative AlchemistContinue reading “Purple Waves”

Honor Roll!

Ageism and sexism in theatre? Meet Honor Roll! The mission of Honor Roll! is as follows: HONOR ROLL! is an advocacy and action group of women+ playwrights over forty – and our women+ over 40 allies – whose goal is our inclusion in theater. We are the generation excluded at the outset of our careersContinue reading “Honor Roll!”

United AAPI Artists

Over the past year, with support from The Old Globe Arts Engagement Breaking Bread Program, San Diego AAPI artists working in any field have been gathering, connecting, and imagining. We asked ourselves what we need and what we have to offer. We chose the name United AAPI Artists. We created a vision statement and missionContinue reading “United AAPI Artists”

Philippine Fright Night

I’m joining Marivi Soliven and San Diego Public Librarian Azalea Ebbay (Skyline Branch) for this frightful evening of scary Philippine folk tales. I’m a big fraidy cat, so I’m probably going to be a wreck afterwards. Especially when I go to bed that night and it’s quiet and dark and… Sign up here to joinContinue reading “Philippine Fright Night”

Taking Space and Making Space with Kasama

“Take space/Make space” is a community agreement that I am drawn to. Those who are quieter are encouraged to participate, and those who tend to express a lot are encouraged to make space for others. By temperament, I prefer to sit back and observe, so I definitely need encouragement to take space and speak up.Continue reading “Taking Space and Making Space with Kasama”

Dramatists Guild Southern California Season In Review

What is time? (This lead in could be a cop-out to a very tardy blog post, or it could be relevant. Let’s see where this goes.) Dramatists Guild Southern California Regional Rep Diana Burbano invited me and playwrights Jennie Webb and Luis Alfaro to participate in a conversation about our season in review. It wasContinue reading “Dramatists Guild Southern California Season In Review”

Pacific Media Expo (PMX)

Thelma participated in the Writers Panel for the PMX Charity Livestream on July 17, 2021. She and fellow Pinoy playwright Jeffrey Lo talked with Bobak Peyman about their journeys in Asian American theatre. She and Jeffrey discovered they have a lot in common. A Table Read of Thelma’s One-Act “Wild Adventure Tour–In 5-D” starts atContinue reading “Pacific Media Expo (PMX)”

Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive 2021

In July, Thelma has the honor of attending the Kennedy Center 2021 Summer Playwriting Intensive. This session will mark the launch of “a designated track for playwrights identifying as Black, Indigenous, of Latinx or Asian heritage, and of Mixed Race,” which is something Thelma has been searching for. (As in, her heart wanted it.) TheContinue reading “Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive 2021”

End of Play

Thelma participated in the Dramatists Guild’s End of Play program during the month of April. She received daily writing prompts and participated in silent writing sessions, group e-mails, and check-in events . In truth, it was more like “beginning of play” as she developed ideas to transform her one-act version of “Penumbra” into a full-length.Continue reading “End of Play”