Grace Mertz ’19

St. Cloud, Minnesota

My residency at Open Wabi was a refreshing time to experiment with my craft and just make a lot of work! The setting is beautiful, and the people I met were inspiring. Thanks so much for the opportunity!


Grace Mertz (b. 1996) is a writer and performer based in central Minnesota. She grew up writing fanfiction, poetry, and novellas but found performative writing when she received her B.A. in Linguistics and Communication Studies from St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN). She completed her M.A. in Communication Studies and Performance at the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA), where her Master’s thesis was a one-woman autoethnographic show focused on the experience of practicing faith while in an academic environment. Grace’s performance work is centered on the ideas of interfaith dialogue, religious metaphors in daily life, and art as an avenue for knowing God and others.

"Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere."

— G. K. Chesterton

Where to find

Work from the Open Wabi experience

Hi God

"Hi God" was a one-woman performance for my Master's thesis. While at Open Wabi, I dug into the second draft of the script and had the opportunity to workshop with other artists.


Places I've Been

While in residence at Open Wabi, I worked on an EP entitled "Places I've Been." These are only field recordings, but I appreciated the authenticity that the Open Wabi space brought to my writing.