Name: Lonnae Hickman
City/State: Originally from Milwaukee, WI, but now in Chicago, IL
Racial / Ethnic Identity: Black/Native American
Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: Cis Queer Woman
Why do you want to write for Rescripted?:
I want to write for Rescripted because I’m dedicated to reviewing all types of theatre, not just the ones in the loop. Rescripted’s mission is working on giving honest and appropriate reviews for shows that are normally left out – shows that I believe are fundamental to Chicago and the theatre world.
What are your artistic disciplines?: Prop maker, Writer, lover of all things techy
What “lenses” do you bring with you when you go to a show?: My racial identity as Black and Native American, history lens, being a Black woman in America, my technical and scenic background, and my interest in puppet theatre and film.
Who is your favorite theatre artist and why?: I’m inspired by so many different artists; too many to name. I’d love to someday find a tech/props artist in the American theatre landscape to admire. I do have favorite playwrights though: Tarell Alvin McCraney, Ntozake Shange, and Amiri Baraka. Although I’m not a fan of Baraka’s principles and moral thoughts, his plays have such hard hitting truth about race in America that I can’t ignore them.
Bio: Lonnae Hickman is a sophomore at DePaul’s Theatre School studying Theatre Arts. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but she has adopted Chicago as her new home. Lonnae is a prop maker and has an interest in puppet theatre and diverse theatre for POC. She has worked with First Stage Children’s Theatre, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre on their teen council, and recently finished a summer props internship with American Players Theatre.