playwright, professor, literary manager, dramaturg, & writing consultant
and that’s just on a tuesday.
about this person whom you
probably don’t know
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.
In the realm of fun facts, she:
about my writing which you
likely have not read
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Persephone's Watch - Production at Skirball Cultural Center, LA, Nov 2014 & Dec 2015; developed with VanguardRep
If (Or When) - Devised with Rescue Agreement; production at CAP21, NYC, June 2013; work-in-progress showing at 440 Studios, NYC, June 2012
Electric Eden - Devised with Rescue Agreement; production at the Norwood Club, NYC, November 2011
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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)