Nati Avni-Singer

Nati Avni-Singer is a New York-based playwright. His work has been seen at the Night at the Knife, a reading series for emerging artists, as well as the Portfringe Festival in Portland, Maine. He received his BA in Theatre Studies from Marymount Manhattan College and has trained at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

QG: What do you like most about writing?

NA: I love that writing allows me to let my imagination come to life. It’s like being a painter at an easel with the option of choosing (or mixing) any colors I want. With this freedom, I can share my views on people and society in unique ways.

QG: What aspects of writing (playwriting in particular) are especially challenging? By the same token, which are the most rewarding?

NA: Honestly, sometimes the most difficult part of the writing process is getting myself to write. Once the idea is there, the process of crafting a play can be grueling because the idea is a mere theory until it is tested with actors in front of the audience. But when it gets in front of an audience, and they enjoy it, or are engaged in it, there is nothing more rewarding.

QG: How do you cope with writer’s block?

NA: I take walks. This gives me the peace of mind to go back to the drawing board and just work through the process to overcome any interruptions in the creative process.

QG: Do you have any advice to give to people who are may be afraid to begin writing?

NA: Just start writing. Don’t worry about how good your idea is. It is good because it comes from you, and you are your own person with your own perspective.

QG: What are some of your favorite things to do in Queens?

NA: I love that Astoria has so many choices of ethnic foods. There are so many good cuisines from Greece, Morocco, India, Mexico, and the list goes on. It’s such a diverse neighborhood.

This column was originated in July, 2013 by Nicollette Barsamian.

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