What is your name and where are you from?

Grant Shaud, and I’m from New York City.

What are you working on at SPACE?

I’m workshopping a Maggie Bofill play called Winners with the Ensemble Studio Theatre.

The first three days that I was here, we read four different plays, which was amazing. There was one by Amy Fox, one by Jeanne Dorsey, one by Laura Maria Censibella, and one by Lucas Hnath.

What has your time at SPACE been like for you?

It’s really been amazing. Just getting out of the city opens up creativity in ways that I wasn’t expecting. I even decided to break out a screen play I had started five years ago, but had never had a chance to finish. In the city, it’s always one thing or another that I allow to keep me from doing that. Just being up here relaxes you and there’s also just something very creatively stimulating about this place. 

What do you think is coming up next for you and EST?

Well for me, I think it would be doing this play that is potentially being produced in December. What’s great about EST is that you never know when somebody’s going to call you for a reading, so it’s hard to say exactly what’s coming next.

If you were to be reincarnated as a farm animal, what would you be and why?

It’s been wild watching these ducks. I love their sense of community and the way they watch out for each other.

I find myself wondering what they’re thinking a lot of the time. I know they don’t have high cognitive functioning…

It seems like they do! I know what you mean, they seem like very alert animals the way they warn each other when someone starts walking down the path. I’m going to go with duck, I was thinking rooster but I’ve really fallen in love with the ducks.

Interviewed by Stella Gibson.