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Meet Marcia Eppich-Harris, the Artistic Director of Southbank Theatre Company, as well as the playwright in residence. Marcia is also a founding member of the Indiana Playwrights Circle, and her writing includes plays, fiction, poetry, and reviews, to name a few. The bottom line: This Maven really has a way with words. Take it away, Marcia!
My Maven Superpower is … I love talking to people and brainstorming creative solutions.
A fun fact about me is … I’ve been to London five times, but never New York, and I’m going to London AGAIN for spring break with my family, making that six trips to London! (It will be the first time for my kids, who are 16 and 12, and the second time for my husband, Aric.)
My first job was … as a cashier at Target.
The skill I most want to learn is … Patience. And playing the piano, about which I am far too impatient.
Best book I’ve read lately is … Gosh, so many! “What the Wind Knows” by Amy Harmon, James Acaster’s “Classic Scrapes,” “When Stars Rain Down” by Angela Jackson-Brown, “Women and Power” by Mary Beard, “The Voltage Effect” by John A. List, and many more! (I’m an audiobook addict.)
Self-care habit I swear by is … Journaling. Sometimes you just need to get out whatever is inside you, and writing it out helps me to recenter and focus.
I feel most confident when … I’m putting my heart and soul into a project I believe in.
My favorite nonprofit to support is … Comfort Cases.
The best career advice I can offer is … Surround yourself with people who support where you’re going in life. You’ll doubt yourself enough, but it doesn’t help having people around who also doubt you. Instead, find a group of people who believe in you, even when you’re having a bad day. Having that supportive community makes all the difference.
Favorite purchase lately is … The things I buy the most are theatre tickets, books, and yarn for crocheting! I can’t recommend these things enough. But a more specific thing I’ve bought recently that I absolutely love is Venetian Rose Peach Bellini tea from Sips By.
My favorite local restaurant dish is … Chef Featured Tour Boards at Divvy in Carmel. Each one is delicious!
Some things I am excited about are … Southbank Theatre Company has lots of amazing productions coming up, including a musical adaptation of “Twelfth Night” (April 28-May 8 at IndyFringe) and “Marie Antoinette and the Magical Negroes” (June 17-26 at Fonseca Theatre Company).
The advice I would give to my younger self would be … Don’t listen to people who say that “women can’t write.” I wasted a lot of my life thinking that women writers couldn’t be successful or profound. I wish my younger self knew that.
The thing I think every person should do for themselves at least once is … I think every person should take a vacation by themselves. I love my family and friends, but I also need a significant amount of alone time to recharge. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, and traveling alone is totally refreshing to me. If traveling is too expensive (or like during the height of the pandemic, not possible), then just taking time to be alone and present for yourself is something I think is crucial.
Stephanie Groves is the Executive Editor of Indy Maven.