I like smart, creative people. I especially like collaborating with them. My approach is to embrace their idea, proposal, or text, understand their intention, and work with them to shape it until its final, most effective form is revealed. My ultimate aim is to help build stronger connections between the production, whether book, play, spoken address, or film script, and the people who are experiencing it. I read often and widely. I write daily. My interests span theatre and film, social and environmental issues, nutrition and health. I am a curious person with an intelligent appetite for exploration.
As co-editor-in-chief of Intermission, a Toronto-based online theatre magazine, I work with a small team to curate the creative work we publish. Through written and visual content, including essays, opinion pieces, arts journalism, podcasts, and videos, our intention is to establish and strengthen the connection between theatre-goers and the artists and productions they experience.
I work with clients as a substantive, line, and copy editor. As necessary, I reorganize content for flow, ensure clarity and consistency through grammatical and syntactic edits, tighten wordy sentences, and make suggestions to create a stronger work. Projects include novels, memoirs, short stories, cookbooks, business books, coffee table books, speeches, and marketing and communications materials.
Since September 2015, I have been a key player in the creation of Intermission, a Toronto-based online theatre magazine. The development phase, which took place over six months, included defining our goal and creating our pitch, building and designing our website, and establishing and promoting our brand. As the website’s co-editor-in-chief, I curate and edit all content, write articles, and publish everything that gets posted. I’m also a relationship manager, where I approach and develop relationships with artists and theatre companies; project manager, where I create the production schedule, monitor the budget, and hire freelancers; and art director, where I choose or commission illustrations, photos, and other media to accompany each piece.
My previous work as a writer for WE Day, a youth empowerment event, allowed me to work closely with the production team to produce show segments. I pitched content ideas and structure, including speeches, panels, and interviews; researched and booked guests; interviewed speakers; and provided all talent with speaking points to help build out their speech. I have also produced events, which has included booking talent, creating rundowns, running rehearsals, and executing the event.
As co-editor-in-chief of Intermission, a Toronto-based online theatre magazine, I pitch ideas and write content, including letters from the editors, features, interviews, profiles, and news pieces.
I collaborate on and write features, essays, scripts, interviews, jacket copy, speeches, marketing and communications materials, and film synopses and filmmaker bios. I also write fiction and creative non-fiction, and am presently researching a historical novel about everyday life under the Nasser regime in Egypt in the 1950s and 1960s. I previously wrote motivational and educational speeches for WE Day, a youth empowerment event.
May’s organized, tireless work at the Banff Centre Press enabled a major phase of transition of book production and digital storytelling for us as a small press. She’s an intrepid editor: the diversity of her observations and corrections fosters a well-rounded edit. She’s someone who does not look at text and just see text, but sees the gaps, sees the way the constituents—words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs—need to be styled, tweaked, trimmed, and ordered to make a text that’s delectably readable.
– Dr. Robyn Read, Managing Editor, Banff Centre Press
May has been a tremendous asset to the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, where she edits communications materials for our Conversations event series. Her work includes liaising with event organizers to put together high-quality marketing materials and strategies. She is able to edit and write in a way that accurately captures the spirit of our events, and her materials have consistently drawn in audiences to the Couchiching Conversation series.
– Aisha Silim, Communications Chair, Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs.