KIRIN McCRORY

who is kirin?

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playwright, professor, literary manager, dramaturg, & writing consultant

 

and that’s just on a tuesday.

 

 

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the woman

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about this person whom you

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Kirin McCrory is a playwright, literary manager, professor, and dramaturg. She graduated summa cum laude from Emerson College with a BA in Theatre and English, with particular emphases in playwriting and fight choreography, and Shakespeare and violence, respectively. She received her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at UC Riverside, with an emphasis in playwriting.

Her writing focuses on challenging mediums and increasing the representation of women through stage and screen roles that demolish stereotypes and enrich the portrait of femininity. Her plays and devised works have received awards and productions across the US in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and more, and internationally. Her textual work with performance collective The American Laboratory has appeared in galleries in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

She teaches theatre at Mt. San Antonio College in CA, and is currently the literary manager for VanguardRep, a theatre company devoted to nurturing new works and adaptations.

In 2017, she helped found The Windmill Arts Center, a new arts space in East Point, GA which she co-manages and co-programs.

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the myth(s)

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about my writing which you

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PLAYS

WEAK NERVES (3W)

Hank Saulless was a master builder, but now he's dead. The three women he left behind--Eileen, his wife; Katya, his bookkeeper; and Hildey, a young woman he met many years ago--are all living in his house. They must reconcile their ideas of him, their ideas of each other, and what it means to be a woman in a man's world.

COUNTER/TOP (3F/3M)

This dark comedy takes place in a greasy spoon, run by foul-mouthed matriarch Miss Betty and frequented by regulars like the kindhearted but totally incoherent Brooks. Two pressed and prim professors, Khent and Izzie, stop in for lunch—but they get more than a bad case of heartburn thanks to Liza and Gunner, a pair of teenaged troublemakers. Part raucous societal commentary, part sinister cat-and-mouse tale, Counter/Top forces us to consider what our own upbringings say about us, and to what lengths we’ll go to hide them.

PROD: Aug 2017 - MadLab Theatre July 2015 - Endstation Theatre

CHOPS (8F/3M)

In a bizarro Victorian reality, a lot of the men are missing. Marg is the prime suspect. She has a servant, a mansion, a history, and a secret...and the women of the town will tolerate it no longer. CHOPS is a dark comedy of manners about the truths we ignore, the lies we accept, and the love we hate. 

PROD: July 2014 - NOLA Project; Aug 2013 - Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Dec 2012 - Matignon High School; Mar 2011- EmStage

TIED TO THE MAST (3W/1M)

A man wakes up in a secluded cabin owned by three young sisters who claim they saved his life. And maybe they did. Maybe. A one-act, modern-day reimagining of the Siren myth.

PROD: May 2016 - UCR New Play Festival

TV / FILM

SUBURBAN

Mo, a young girl, lives in the perfect suburb. But when she stumbles across a secret hidden in the town square gazebo, Mo is forced to confront the price of perfection and question whether her town deserves the happiness it designed.

DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO (short)

1 in 5 college females report being sexually assaulted on campus. And if college campuses aren't going to do anything about it, then Addie and Reese will--and tonight is one man's comeuppance.

AMERICAN WHOAMAN

This half-hour comedy explores golden ages of American history, but from the untold (and totally unfounded) perspective of the women behind the scenes. The first season puts us in in the days leading up to the Declaration of Independence. While the Founding Fathers are off in Philly trying to play nice, the Founding Mothers have their hands full battling the witches of Salem who hope to bring the country down before it even begins.

A.S.S.T.

Beni's just gotten her dream job: personal assistant to a Hollywood celebrity family. Well, a B-list celebrity family. But this dream job might turn out to be a nightmare. A half-hour dramedy

OTHER

 

COLLABORATIVE WORK

 
 
 

The legend

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about my consultations

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Entrusting your work to someone else is always scary, whether it's a close friend or a stranger on the internet. But perfecting a piece of writing requires an outside eye--and, with significant professional experience in editing, proofreading, giving feedback, and doctoring writing across mediums, you can trust mine. I can work with you at any stage, whether your writing is on the page or in your head, for a passion project or on a tight deadline, whether you need a soundboard for brainstorming or want a ghostwriter for your great idea.

In short, I can offer informed, enthusiastic, and transformative help with whatever writing project you've got going on.

 

My approach to ANY writing consultation is built on three things:

  • understanding the rules of the genre (and knowing when to break them!)

  • extracting and refining the writer's intentions and vision

  • revising with clarity and transparency so writers become self-sufficient

I have suggested prices that are competitive and reasonable to give you an idea of my price range--but to ensure that both your work and my time are equally valued, I price every consultation on an individual basis. Fill out an inquiry form, and I will work with you to craft an agreement that we both feel good about.

I accept Chase QuickPay, PayPal, Venmo, and Cash App.

 
 
“Kirin is a dynamic writing teacher and peerless provider of insightful feedback and constructive critique across multiple genres and disciplines of writing. Her approach is dialogic, supportive, and rigorous: she listens effectively, builds trust, and then offers articulate, effective strategies and suggestions to not only improve a particular piece of writing, but help those she works with to become better writers on their own.
— Hilary Jenks, PhD

To help combat systemic inequalities in our education, economic, and artistic systems, I am always happy to negotiate with marginalized writers and provide assistance at significant discounts.

 

SCRIPTS - theatre, film, television

 

brainstorming

For the writer who's got a great idea and just needs a soundboard with a knack for drawing out the important points and organizing them. These sessions can occur over email, phone, or Skype, and you'll receive compiled notes after the session.

$50/hr; one hour minimum

pre/post-writing

Make your pre/post-writing materials (outlines, beat sheets, treatments, summaries, loglines, blurbs, etc.) as air-tight as possible to ensure that your next phase of writing will be that much easier, or that your promotional materials represent your script and catch people's attention. You will receive in-depth questions, confusions, and suggestions via email, with an option for a phone or Skype summary discussion.

$25 per every 500 words

Script Pages

Receive high-quality professional feedback on a play, episode(s), or screenplay. Make sure your script is the best it can be based on YOUR vision--not the best version of a script someone else wants you to write. Depending on what stage your script is at, you'll receive big-picture notes to get your next draft on track, meticulous observations and helpful suggestions to take a later-stage draft from finished to polished, or overall formatting and proofreading to get your script submission-ready. You'll receive detailed notes via email with an option for a phone or Skype summary discussion.

$100 per short script or half-hour TV episodes

$200 per full-length scripts

 

MANUSCRIPTS - SCHOLARLY, LITERARY

 

before & after materials

Brainstorming, outlines, summaries, blurbs, etc.

For the writer who's got a great idea and just needs a soundboard with a knack for drawing out the important points and organizing them, or for the writer with pre/post-writing materials that need to be as air-tight as possible to ensure that your next phase of writing will be that much easier, or that your materials represent your work and catch people's attention.

Brainstorming sessions can occur over email, phone, or Skype, and you'll receive compiled notes after the session. $50/hr; one hour minimum

Pre/post-writing materials will receive in-depth questions, confusions, and suggestions via email, with an option for a phone or Skype summary discussion. $25 per every 500 words

academic

Papers, articles, lit reviews, dissertations, etc.

Get detailed feedback on your academic work, no matter what stage the draft is in--big-picture notes, suggested edits, structural feedback, and even close, academic-level proofreading. You'll receive notes over email, with an option for a phone or Skype summary discussion.

$50/hr; one hour minimum

Literary

Short stories, personal essays, novellas, novels, non-fiction, poetry, etc.

Put your work through a high-level MFA workshop without the in-fighting, egos, or institutionalized bigotry! Receive reader responses and critical feedback that helps align your work with your vision, or get in-depth, detailed edits and proofreading to make your work the strongest it can be. You'll receive a notated manuscript OR a one-page critical response via email, with an option for a phone or Skype summary discussion.

$50/hr; one hour minimum

 

employment materials

 

basic materials

Resumes, CVs, cover letters, etc.

Get experienced feedback on the tried and true employment components that you need time and again. Make your materials as clear, concise, efficient, and attention-grabbing as possible, whether it's punching up your language, streamlining the look of your document, or writing a successful cover letter. You'll receive an edited document via email.

$25/page

statements

Personal, artistic, teaching, etc.

Reductive statements are hard but necessary--make yours stand out from the crowd! Benefit from extensive experience in the academic, professional, and artistic hiring worlds, and ensure whatever statement you need is original, logical, cohesive, and polished. You'll receive an edited document via email.

$50/statement

full application

Jobs, fellowships, grants, etc.

Make sure your application tells a story, from start to finish--and get that opportunity you've got your eye on by submitting a package with complementary, concise parts! You'll receive detailed feedback on every element of your application via email, and a phone or Skype summary discussion after review.

$150/total package (depending on length)

 

ALL PRICES LISTED above ARE STARTING ESTIMATES AND ARE NOT GUARANTEED—

EXACT PRICING WILL VARY BASED YOUR PROJECT AND NEEDS.

TESTIMONIALS

Kirin McCrory is truly a play-whisperer. With an effortless honesty, her notes are always based in the existing text. She mines the play for what is there before inquiring what wants to be there or what is missing. In this way, a dramaturgy session with Kirin is almost a conversation with the play itself. She has a real gift, and my work is better because of her!
— Jiréh Breon Holder, playwright
Kirin has the exceptional capability of helping with both the technical elements of writing, as well as the aesthetic/stylistic aspects. As a result, she is able to do something extremely rare: unlock and refine a writer’s vision, rather than re-write from her own perspective.
— Matthew Kellen Burgos, playwright/director
I’m very protective about my work and don’t like to share it with many people but I instantly felt comfortable working with Kirin. She’s very calm and honest. I also really like brainstorming with her because she asks clear questions and can follow me along in my jumping all over the place. Most importantly, I really appreciate her unwavering belief in me and in my work.
— Xiomara Forbez, PhD student
Kirin’s helped me develop nearly every script I’ve written in the past decade, and there’s no one I trust more to put eyes on something I’m, in its development, so protective of. Her feedback is always to the point, but never harsh. Thorough without being indulgent. Not once have I felt threatened by a note she has given me, but rather, felt that she always had the script’s best intentions in mind.
— Joshua Mikel, actor/playwright
An editor who honors the voice of the writer while energizing the author to activate their language through succinct review is both balm and provocation – and should you be fortunate, Kirin McCrory.

Within two sessions I not only received revisions that honed and elevated my narrative, but came away with more sureness and approaches to self-edit and compose stronger methodological writing.

Kirin’s ability to craft edits that guide an artist through self-evaluation and thoroughness are career changing.
— Ebony Blanding, screenwriter/director
Kirin has a professional and responsible demeanor, is committed to working hard on the behalf of the writer, and has demonstrated profound cultural sensitivity in her work with writers diverse in race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and ability levels.
— Hillary Jenks, PhD
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— EB, artist
Kirin McCrory is a phenomenal script analyzer and enhancer. She delves deep into the world of the play and focuses on the story the writer is telling. Her feedback cuts away outlining elements that may distract from theatricality and plot, encouraging the characters to shine through. She truly allowed my work to uncover its authentic voice so that the revision and refining processes were much easier to walk through.
— Amina S. McIntyre, playwright
Kirin is one of the most intelligent readers I’ve encountered as a writer. She has a keen eye for detail and the ability to identify patterns within a script or piece of prose that are often invisible to others. Not only does she diagnose problems within a text, but she also provides workable solutions that fit seamlessly into the larger work. I can not recommend her highly enough.
— Jessica Chiarella, novelist
Kirin is a brilliant reader with a deep understanding of writing and story structure. She has an uncanny ability to not just identify underlying issues in a text, but provide potential solutions that align with an individual writer’s sensibilities. I have never once sent a project to Kirin that did not become stronger thanks to her constructive, comprehensive, and insightful feedback.
— Sean Dennison, screenwriter
Kirin has this ability to cut to the core of your story, pinpointing strengths and weaknesses with precision. I’ve found myself gaining a greater understanding of my work and its potential when working with Kirin.
— Elford Alley, playwright
English is not my first language, and Kirin’s editing, sentence-structure, and summarizing has been extremely helpful. She edits my 15-pages papers very fast, which is perfet for my tight deadlines. She is also great with brainstorming. Sometimes, I struggle with knowing what to write because I have too many arguments/ideas in my head—but Kirin is great at helping create outlines and extracting what is in my head which I cannot explain with words.
— Maïko Le Lay, PhD student

 

 

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