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Spotlight On: Nikki Brake-Sillá!

Playwrights’ Corner
Headshot of Nikki Brake-Sillá

Ever wonder what our Lark Artists keep near their desks when they write? Want to know more about what's inspiring them and what's bringing them joy? Well we're here to provide answers to those questions and more in our Spotlight series! 

This time, we're turning our spotlight over to Nikki Brake-Sillá, a Finalist for the 2020-22 Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship. Learn more about what she's working on, and her surprising love of laminating!

Jennifer Haley: What would be the best, most whimsical way you could introduce yourself?

Nikki Brake-Sillá: Hi. My name is Nikki, I’m a Virgo ☀️, with Scorpio 💫  and Pisces 🌕  who likes long walks on the 🏖  and 🦄. 

JH: What are you working on right now? It can be a play, or something else!

NBS: I’m directing a short play, “Scraps” by Quinn D. Eli as part of the (DG) Jam and a portion of my full length, GTFOH, will be part of Jouska PlayWorks showcase. I am currently workshopping three of my full lengths and am kicking up my short form game because it’s lookin’ kinda unfamiliar now.  

JH: What is something that is bringing you comfort/joy/laughter these days in the midst of everything?

NBS: Puzzles. ALL THE PUZZLES! And Jouska PlayWorks weekly Zoom meetings. It’s a space overflowing with Black Joy and it feeds my spirit. My husband and children make me belly laugh at least once a day. My Village, #chosenfamily #theyknow 

JH: Can you share a fun fact you learned recently?

 NBS: Greenland sharks can live for CENTURIES!!! 

JH: Who are some playwrights you love or whose work is inspiring you these days?

NBS: Anything that is read when I’m in space with the Jouska PlayWorks (Josh Campbell, Quinn Eli, Keenya Jackon, Teresa Miller and Megan Schumacher). They bring it every week! I’m pretty obsessed with Alexandra Espinoza’s new play, “Solly Dreams in Spanish.” And I’m so excited for what A.A. Brenner, Oya Davis, Jerron Herman, Tim J. Lord and Magda Romanska are cooking up. 🔥 There are several playwrights that I fangirl over, but that requires a drink and conversation before I’ll reveal all my secrets. 

JH: I don’t think you’ve experienced the extensive Lark Snack spread that we put out for all of our programs, so I’ll modify this question to ask, what is your go-to writing snack?

NBS: Ugh. I haven’t experienced it yet, and it makes me so sad. I love a good snack, and my go-to is super chunky peanut butter with Fuji apples. Sometimes I’ll be decadent and have smoked trout, cucumbers on flatbread with some stinky cheese.     

JH: Describe your workspace for us! What’s something that we’d be surprised to know you have nearby?

NBS: The wall that I see when I’m writing is covered in art, pictures of my family, and photos and prints by artists I love. Including my daughter’s drawing of two unicorn llamas playing soccer.

People would be surprised that I have a laminator that sits right beside my writing station. It makes me insanely happy to laminate all the things. Do you need anything laminated?

JH: And finally, What are you looking forward to?

NBS: I am looking forward to all of it. I’m excited by the journey and am enjoying the ride.