Playwright Spotlight: Isabela de Campos

Dinner Party Foul, [Quickies 16, June 2015]

Where did the idea for Dinner Party Foul come from?
It came from an actual dinner party. My lovely friend spilled wine on herself and proclaimed, “Ohhhh, dinner party foul.” My imagination just kind of ran wild from there.

What was your favorite moment in working on this piece??
I felt, as a playwright, that I really had to know the feelings that would arise for my characters so I drank A LOT of wine while writing the show. I think the strength of that writing technique can be felt in the dialogue/wine-stains on my scripts.

What projects are you currently working on?
Northern Belles! I’ve co-created an original comedy series with my writing partner (and LG company member!) Maddie Downes. We’re releasing seven episodes on Vimeo ranging from 8 to 15 minutes come 2016. We’re both starring in it as well and, not to brag, but I’ve been told that I have “an excellent face for radio.”

Finish the sentence- “I love theater that…”
Makes me want to do theater. I think good art, of any kind, is inspirational. It makes me sit in the audience and think, damn, why didn’t I create something like that?

Who is your current artist crush (any discipline)??
Toni Collette, Nora Ephron, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey always. Adelaide Clemens (Rectify) right now.

What was the best advice you were given as a theater artist??
Don’t be afraid to work so hard on art that you lose your day job. Your day job is just that – a day job.

What is the one thing you know as an artist now that you wish you could tell your younger self?
If you build it they will come. You’ll be surprised how many people will support you and want to work with you once you start creating your? own work. They will often believe in you more than you believe in yourself.

Outside of theater, what are you really into right now?
Hookers and blow.

What is your favorite and least favorite word?
Kerfuffle & squirt (which sounds like a GREAT detective show).

Any other thoughts you’d like to share? (About Live Girls! Theater, Love, Life, Puppies, …really – anything at all?)
I have the biggest crush on YOU. Yes, you. You reading this right now. Let’s run away together! Ferdinand doesn’t even know that the baby is his! Let’s maroon ourselves on Turks and Caicos and spend the days sipping Franzia on the veranda that overlooks our tapioca & lobster farm.

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Isabela de Campos is a writer, actress, and comedian hailing from Ohio. A first generation Brazilian-American, she manages to routinely mispronounce words in both English and Portuguese. She has studied theatre at Pepperdine University’s Center for the Arts as well as Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Young Actor Institute. In addition to performing in shows such as Romeo and JulietThe PersiansThe Clean HouseTartuffe, and Bus Stop at Pepperdine, she has been seen regionally with Live Girls! Theater, Ghost Light Theatricals, and Theatre Battery.

As a writer, de Campos has had her work debuted at Sacramento State’s Lenaea Festival (2007 Gold Medal for Best Original One Act Script) and LG’s Layer Cake Reading Series (Quickies Vol. 16 selection), along with serving as a staff writer for the Pepperdine original series, The Beacon.

In less than a year as a practicing stand-up, she has featured as a special guest at the Comedy Womb, the Good Fun Show, Wine Shots: Comedy’s Happiest Hour, and the Couth Buzzard Monthly Showcase. She has performed in five different cities along the West Coast as a part of the inaugural Comedy Womb Tour and has opened for comics such as Heather Thomson, Elicia Sanchez, Emmett Montgomery, and Derek Sheen. In her spare time she enjoys merlot, romantic comedies, and being a cliché.