Oh, hi!

I'm Kara. I'm a journalist, playwright, and lyricist living in Brooklyn. Here's how I spend my time...

I write.
My stories, essays, and articles about culture, creativity, travel, running, books, and food have appeared in/on NewsweekRunner's World, Fitness, Esquire.com, The Daily Beast, TIME.com, Vulture, Women in the World, DuJour, the New York Post, Fusion, and other venues. I'm drawn to stories about people who take risks, whether that's starting their own business or running a million marathons. 

I edit.
From 2008 to 2012, I was the culture/back-of-book editor at Newsweek and a homepage and features editor at The Daily Beast. I'm currently an editor at MONEY, and have been a consulting editor for Tasting Table, Billboard and DuJour, and wrote social video scripts for The Weather Channel.

I make theater.
I also write screenplays and plays which have been performed around New York. My short film script "Strangers in the Night" was a second rounder at the Austin Film Festival, a semi-finalist in the BlueCat competition and a quarter-finalist in the ScreenCraft contest in 2015. I turned it into a one-act play, which was performed at The Secret Theatre's One-Act Festival, where I won the award for Best Director. My brother Eric Cotti and I also produced and directed my X-Files themed play "I Want to Believe (in Love)" in December 2016. My Gilmore Girls spec script "Four Gilmores and a Funeral" was a Second Rounder at the 2017 Austin Film Festival. (You can read it here if you'd like!) My full-length play “Old Hollywood” was a semi-finalist in the ESPA Drills series in 2018.

I make musicals.
I’m currently a lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.

I connect.
Every month, I host a get-together called the Brass Ring Summit where writers, editors, and creatives talk about big and small ideas, side hustles, and projects they'd like to tackle. This group spawned my news-free newsletter Brass Ring Daily, where I share career, productivity, and writing advice. Check out the archive and subscribe!

I meet new people.
If you'd like to talk to me about anything, from how to be a freelance writer to which bakery has the best almond croissants or something that falls in the in-between zone, I'm at kara dot cutruzzula at gmail dot com. You can also find me @karacut on Twitter and Instagram. Let's chat.