You probably read part of this on my homepage, but here is some more about me in the semi-awkward, 'traditional', 3rd person bio format.
Surrey Houlker (she/her) is a Queer, Massachusetts-based theater maker who aims to explore the intricacies of the LGBTQIA+ experience through belonging, community, honesty, and humor. Surrey is additionally drawn to stories that examine grief, loss, and neurodiverse ways of connecting with others.
She is also a big crier. And (shameless plug) she has an Etsy with her mom.
Surrey's first full-length play FOR THE FISH was originally workshopped at Moonbox Productions' first-ever Boston New Works Festival in 2022. FOR THE FISH has been further developed at Great Plains Theatre Commons in Nebraska, The Depot for New Play Readings in Connecticut, and TC Squared (TC2) Theatre Company in Massachusetts. Her other plays include THE DEAD DADZ CLUB (reading: TC2 Theatre Company), ten-minute plays: LINDA'S DONUTS, SEVEN MINUTES, UNTITLED TURKEY DAY PLAY, BRIDGET & LIZ, and EVERYTHING MUST GO (performance: Emerson College). Surrey holds a BFA from Emerson College.
In addition to writing, Surrey works at the intersection of arts education, trauma-informed teaching, and advocacy. She currently works at a cheese shop and at an educational non-profit and has worked with A.R.T., ArtsEmerson, The Gamm Theatre, and as a teacher with Tiverton RI Public Schools. She is passionate about giving young people the space to start conversations with their personal and collective histories regardless of societal factors that may tell them otherwise.