Monday, October 16, 2017

Salon Feature: PREformance with Allison Charney

International Women Artists' Salon Presents...

PREformance with Allison Charney, celebrating a season of milestones...
the 9th Season of this unique classical music concert series moves to a new home: Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center; heralded by new artwork by the NY-based visual artist and director, Doug Fitch;
and grounded by a new website:

PREformances with Allison Charney moves to a new home at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center on Monday October 16, 2017 at 1PM.
PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY invites audience to experience celebrated classical musicians in “PREformances” anticipating their upcoming engagements on the world’s most prestigious stages. Acclaimed opera singer Allison Charney hosts a behind-the-scenes glimpse into top-level artists’ practices and performance, deliberately blurring the traditional barriers which exist between classical musicians and audience in concerts by providing "un-Google-able" insights into these great performers thoughts and practices. PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY has presented over 95 of the preeminent musicians of our time. Notable appearances include those by New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, Metropolitan Opera stars William Burden and Maria Zifchak, flutist Carol WIncenc, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, pianists Joel Fan and Navah Perlman. The series has presented new classical works by composers Michael Ching, Moshe Knoll, Kim D. Sherman and Dina Pruzhansky. Together with Craig Ketter, PREformances’ noted collaborative pianist, soprano Allison Charney, performs on every concert. Each evening and matinee concert typically run an hour and a half, with no intermission. “PREformances with Allison Charney” maintains a charitable relationship with the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania - both contributing to its cutting-edge research efforts and promoting awareness of the Basser Center’s mission of advancing the care of individuals living with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.

Soprano Allison Charney, made her New York City Opera debut as Musetta in LA BOHÈME and went on to critical acclaim in opera houses across the US. Concert appearances include performances at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Pops under the baton of NY Philharmonic music director, Alan Gilbert. A champion of contemporary classical music, Ms. Charney has commissioned and premiered many new works, including 6 pieces written for the ARK Trio, of which she is a founding member. Ms. Charney is the founder and host of the classical concert series, PREformances with Allison Charney (now in its 9th season) This fall, she will be the soprano soloist at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in "Prayer for Peace: The Power of One Voice” singing Beethoven’s NINTH SYMPHONY and Knoll’s PSALM 133. Ms. Charney is featured in the recently-released, first recording of the Pulitzer Prize nominated oratorio Choose Life, by composer Mona Lyn Reese and can be heard in a CD of American song with pianist, Benjamin Loeb, on the DSC Label. Ms. Charney is an active recitalist and master teacher and is the founder and curator of the concert series, PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude with highest honors, in Special Concentrations from Harvard University, she went on to earn two graduate degrees in music from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Charney now lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons.

On October 16 Soprano Allison Charney, with long time collaborative pianist Craig Ketter, will launch the 2017-2018 Classical Concert Series and Debut of PREformances with Allison Charney at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center.

The matinee concert will feature ‘preformance’ appearances by special guests pianists Joel Fan and Julia Zilberquit, conductor Jason Tramm, actor Jordan Charney and violinist Kelly Hall Tompkins -

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins and soprano Allison Charney will “preform” Israeli composer Moshe Knoll's lush setting of Psalm 133. Maestro Jason Tramm will conduct veteran actor of stage and screen Jordan Charney in Schoenberg's gripping cantata "A Survivor from Warsaw" along with a special performance by the Seton Hall University Choir in anticipation of “Prayer for Peace: The Power of One Voice” classical music concert, October 27th at NJPAC.

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins will also play a suite from Fiddler on the Roof, arranged for her, that she will both perform with orchestra and record later this year. She will be accompanied by Stephen Benson, guitar; Joshua Camp, accordion and Steve Moran, bass.

Pianist Julia Zilberquit will play selections of the great Russian composers - Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky - in advance of her upcoming concerts in London and St. Petersburg.

And, in preparation for Open Source Music Festival, pianist Joel Fan will “preform” several new pieces by contemporary composers.

The series continues with evening concerts at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center on Monday, November 27th and Monday, March 5th and will conclude with a final matinee concert on Monday, April 23rd.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place - July 15, 2017

Dixon Place presents...

"Salon Lounge at Dixon Place"

a monthly showcase of performance/literature/film-video by women

an International Women Artists’ Salon series

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Host: Pooya Mohseni

Curator: Heidi Russell

Tonight, partnering with Dixon Place's annual month-long HOT! Festival celebrating queer culture, we have amazing women artists sharing work that celebrates and honors LBTQ arts and culture and opens the dialogue around important issues to the LGBTQ community around the globe.

Since 1992, this trailblazing summer festival sizzles with over 100 artists presenting queer theater, dance, music, literature, puppetry, comedy, and homoeroticism for the whole family! The longest-running annual LGBTQ festival in the world, HOT! has been a pioneer of queer arts and culture for 26 years. “The Best LGBTQ Theater Festival in New York!” –The Village Voice

Thank you Dixon!

Historical Honoree: Hope Mirrlees (b. 1887) was a modernist writer, poet, and translator. She was the author of three novels (Madeleine, The Counterplot, and Lud-in-the-Mist), Paris: A Poem, and co-translator of 21 Russian short stories (The Book of the Bear) with her partner Jane Harrison. Mirrlees met Harrison—a highly influential Classicist academic and early feminist—at Newnham College, and the two were to live and travel together until Harrison’s death in 1928. In her later life, Mirrlees published a larger (and more demure) collection of poems, as well as a biography of the antiquary Sir Robert Bruce Cotton. She moved between Cambridge, London, Paris, and Russia, before retiring to Headington in Oxford, where she died in 1978.

Film – Laura Arten, celebrating transgender visual artist TOYEN

TOYEN , film 2.5min

Laura Arten pays tribute to the famous 20th Century transgender surrealist painter and artist TOYEN

Toyen was a transgender artist born in Prague (1902) Painter, Illustrator, collagist and a member of surrealist movement. She regularly exhibited in Paris and Prague. A member of Devetsil surrealist movement in Prague and Artificialism movement founder along with Jindrich Styrsky. During WWII she immigrated to Paris and died there in 1980.

Laura Arten graduated in film studies from the University of The Arts London and subsequently went on to study acting at NYU Tisch and Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. She has been living in New York full time since 2016 pursuing career in acting and arts. She is founder and designer of Goldfire Jewelry.

Theatre – Barbara Kahn

Barbara Kahn performs an excerpt from her play Cyma’s Story.

Cyma’s Story: Cyma, a Jewish immigrant living in Wyoming in 1939, recounts meeting Rachel, who “saved her from a life of loneliness.” With the outbreak of war in Europe, she recalls her childhood and fears for the family left behind in Russia.

Historical plays can hold a mirror to the present by portraying the past. My plays reflect the larger conflicts of class, race relations, ethnic differences and sexual identity. Echoing George Sand, “All I want is for people to question the accepted lies and call out for the forgotten truths.”

Barbara Kahn Plays produced: U.S. and Europe. Directed: New York and The National Theatre, London. Theater for the New City: her primary NY theatrical home since 1994. Among awards: Torch of Hope Award for achievement in non-profit theatre, following past recipients Terrence McNally, John Guare, August Wilson, and A.R. Gurney.

Performance Art – Drae Campbell


Drae received a BFA in Theater from the University of The Arts in Philadelphia. She's been spotted on IFC.Com, Conan. Refinery29 and in numerous films. Some theater credits include: Non-Consensual Relationships With Ghosts, La Mama, My Old Man, Dixon Place, Oph3lia at HERE. She appeared as a radical lesbian in Taylor Mac's 24 Decade History Of Popular Music at St. Ann's Warehouse. Drae hosts and curates a live monthly show called TELL.

Literature and Host – Pooya Mohseni

Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian/American actor, Transgender advocate and writer. Her recent stage performances have been in Baltimore Center Stage’s “The White Snake” dir: Natsu Onoda Power, Madame in The OUTLIERS’ production of "The Maids" dir: Ben Gunderson and the title role in "Death of a Persian Prince" dir: Dewey Moss. She’s also a recurring guest star on the USA network/Amazon Prime’s "Falling Water".

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place - June 17, 2017

Dixon Place presents...

"Salon Lounge at Dixon Place"

a monthly showcase of performance/literature/film-video by women

an International Women Artists’ Salon series

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Host: Heidi Russell Curator: Melinda Lauw

Tonight we honor how women artists are using their creative voices to open and expand the dialogue on the theme of ‘Isolation, breaking barriers’.

Dance – Shannon Stowe

New Dance Theatre and Access Theater present Asylum

New Dance Theatre, in a co-production with Access Theater, makes its world premiere with ASYLUM. In Asylum, New Dance Theatre explores the gestures of living in a world of stigma, and how we can find the compassion we need to feel -- if not healthy -- at least human.

New Dance Theatre was founded by Shannon Stowe with fellow New School for Drama alumni in 2014. Previous workshop productions: STRICKEN (Emerging Artists Theatre's New Works Series- BEST OF), and A DATE FOR THE EVENING at EAT and San Francisco Fringe. ASYLUM was first presented in conjunction with New Light Theater Project's Darkroom Series.

Upcoming performance of Asylum runs July 13 - 30 at Access Theater - Thurs - Sat. at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Tickets $18 online, $20 at the door

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Performance Art – Ana Freeman

Odyssey Works
Ana Freeman will be speaking about her role in Odyssey Works. Since 2001, Odyssey Works has been creating immersive, durational experiences for and about an audience of one. Their team is made up of artists in dozens of disciplines who study the life of one individual and create intimate, meaningful performances that last days, weeks, or months.

Ana Freeman is a writer and performer in multiple disciplines, and has been working with Odyssey Works since January 2016. Since then, she has served as the editor of the artists’ interview series, a contributor to the Library of Experiences, and the production manager of Pilgrimage. She also writes for Theatre is Easy and performs with Fooju Dance Collaborative.
To purchase a membership to the Library of Experiences or their book Odyssey Works: Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One, visit

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Literature/Music – Mia Capotorto Sommese

The Exhibit

Mia Capotorto Sommese presents the journey behind the creation of her new musical, The Exhibit, co-written with composer Jonathan Winton Brenner. The piece takes place in a world much like ours, where every zoo includes a Homo sapien exhibit. As seven humans exist in the monotony of a lifetime under captive observation, they rediscover their place in the animal kingdom and discover the primal truths that civilization allowed them to forget.

The Exhibit was developed through Baby Crow Productions under the working title Sapien Sapien Sapien. The first reading and workshop were both presented in 2015 and were directed by Baby Crow's Artistic Director, Margaret Grace Hee. The piece was also featured in the New York Theater Barn's New Work Series in February of 2016.

Mia Capotorto Somese is a director, writer, and teaching artist focused on the development of new musical theatre. She is an Associate Artist with Baby Crow Productions, a non-profit theatre company dedicated to developing work that is socially and environmentally conscious.

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Visual Art – Jennifer May Reiland

Jennifer May Reiland presents her work Encierros. The title literally translates to ‘enclosures’ in Spanish, but the term is also used to describe "the running of the bulls" in English. The piece she is presenting draws parallels between enclosures in the world of bullfighting and in society's roles for women.

Jennifer May Reiland is a Brooklyn-based artist from Texas. She makes watercolor paintings on paper and hand-drawn animations. She creates unique worlds peopled by princesses, bullfighters, soldiers, priests, and assassins. A religious childhood and long stays in France and Spain have influenced the development of the visual world she inhabits. She has shown her work in New York City, Paris, Miami, and Houston. Her next show will be at The Drawing Center in Soho in August.

Where Do We Stand? (Aug 3-Sep 17), The Drawing Center

Open Sessions 11 (Oct 12 – Nov 19), The Drawing Center

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Curator – Melinda Lauw

Melinda Lauw is a Singaporean artist, curator and performance creator based in New York. She is the co-creator of Whisperlodge, an immersive live ASMR performance, which has been featured in TimeOut, The Atlantic, New York Magazine and The Scene. She holds a BA in Fine Art & History of Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art, New Nork. She is the recipient of The Christine Risley Award 2015 from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery in London. Her work has been exhibited extensively in London and Singapore, and she actively performs live ASMR in New York.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Other Mozart

DRAMA DESK, Off-Broadway Alliance nominations
2 New York Innovative Theater Awards

“Strikingly beautiful” - New York Times
“This is a gem of a show.” - The Stage (London)
“ arresting depiction”-- Londonist

OPENING TODAY in Los Angeles area: 

Rubicon Theatre, Ventura, CA - June 1 - 18

Other upcoming shows:

Chamber Music Northwest, Portland, OR
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Rhode Island College, RI
Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX

THE OTHER MOZART is the true, untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history.

"Strikingly beautiful." -- New York Times

“A gem of a show.” - The Stage (London)

“ arresting depiction”-- Londonist

"This show is the height of theatrical achievement." -- Theater is Easy
Created by Sylvia Milo, the monodrama is set in a stunning 18-foot dress (designed by Magdalena Dabrowska from the National Theater of Poland). Directed by Isaac Byrne, THE OTHER MOZART is based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family's humorous and heartbreaking letters.

Along with music composed by her famous brother and Marianna Martines (a female composer who inspired Nannerl), original music was written for the play by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen (of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, the International Contemporary Ensemble and BAM) for the instruments Nannerl knew intimately, such asclavichords, music boxes, and bells, as well as teacups, fans, and other ordinary objects that might have captured her imagination.

". . . fascinating and irresistibly intelligent." -- Theatermania
Period style movement directed by Janice Orlandi creates a world of opulence and elegance through articulate delicacy of expressive balletic gestures, reverent court bows, and fan language

"One of the most remarkable theatrical presentations ... an exalted plane of expression and elegance." -- New York Arts

THE OTHER MOZART had a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run in NYC in 2014. It has toured extensively in Europe (at the Mozart Wohnhaus and the Neue Residenz in Salzburg, at the Pasinger Fabrik in Munich, in Estonia and Tyrol), in Toronto, and in the US (Cherry Lane Theater and Lotos Club in NYC, RVCC in NJ, the Berkshires, Alabama, CT, TX, FL, Charleston, New Orleans, Kingston, San Diego).
In September 2015 the play was presented at St. James Theater in London to critical acclaim.
Last June The Other Mozart was performed at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego in front of an audience of 1000. 

"The big stars of experimental theater" - Wall Street Journal

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place Program - May 20, 2017

Dixon Place presents...

"Salon Lounge at Dixon Place"

a monthly showcase of performance/literature/film-video by women

an International Women Artists’ Salon series

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Host: Heidi Russell Curator: Simi Toledano

Tonight we honor how women artists are using their creative voices to open and expand the dialogue about mental health.

Historical Honoree – Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher spent decades advocating for mental health treatment and against stigma. Carrie has been celebrated for her artistic career. She’s also been recognized as a mental health advocate, and she often intertwined the two. Afflicted with bipolar disorder, she educated the public about the condition as if she were on a mission. Her books, notably the 1987 semiautobiographical Postcards From the Edge, interviews, and her 2009 one-woman show, Wishful Drinking, painted a realistic portrait of a woman who struggled mightily but endured. Thank you, Carrie!

Music- Rebecca Stabile

Crazy People; Borderline

Rebecca Stabile will be playing two of her songs about her experience living with madness and in the mental health system. The first, "Crazy People," speaks to her many experiences of being misunderstood and dismissed by psychiatrists. Second is her adaptation of Madonna's "Borderline," which reminds her of the pain that deep connections can cause.

Rebecca Stabile loves to create theater, music, and film. She is a physical actress and clown, writer, singer/song writer, and a mental health advocate. She has lived experience with madness and in the mental health system. She organizes with the NYC Icarus Project and leads mental health workshops.

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Performance - Becca Bernard

The Fainting Room

The Fainting Room is an explosive release of physical comedy, music, and candid confession. This raucous show explores the ideas behind the historical phenomenon “female hysteria,” celebrating self love and vibrators and rejecting the idea that it is better to be unhappy with someone or something that doesn’t fit than to be alone.

Becca Bernard (Writer, Performer) is a Brooklyn, NY based performance artist who blends physical comedy, music and dance to communicate her ferociously optimistic perspective of the world. In addition to performing onstage as an actor, she is a resident clown for the Zany Umbrella Circus, the hospital organization Lev Leytzan and works with a troupe based out of the Celebration Barn Theatre. Becca studied Commedia Dell’ Arte, mask performance and clown at the Accademia Dell Arte in Arezzo, Italy and has an MFA in theatre pedagogy.

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Literature/Visual Art - Lucy Torres

The Taste of Broken

The Taste of Broken chronicles the harrowing journey into finding the name and cure for an unknown illness- and the loss and love found along the way.

Lucy Torres is a writer, poet, artist and activist based in NYC and has been an architect of literary worlds since the age of nine. She is the author of The Taste of Broken, an autobiographical poetry book chronicling the harrowing journey into finding the name and cure for an unknown illness - and the loss and love found along the way. In May of 2017, an experimental adaption of Taste of Broken was showcased at Lehman College, with a talks of a second adaption hitting the NYC art scene in late 2017. Lucy is also a LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) LAB 101 Grantee, has featured at the Inspired Word Series and Queens Literary Festival and showcased her artwork at Local Project. Lucy is a women’s rights activist and feminist, and an advocate for gender/racial/class equality, fighter of self-love and body positivity. She spends her time working on her art and enjoying life with friends, family and partner. You can find her e-book The Taste of Broken on Amazon.

Curator – Simi Toledano

Simi Toledano is a Brooklyn-based performance and theater artist, writer, educator, activist and mystic. She is passionate about the alchemical power of storytelling and creative expression as tools for healing, unity, and connection. Though she is a trained actress, Simi's artistic eye has recently been focused on directing. Some credits include The Philadelphia by David Ives at the Producer's Club and Black Star by Kendra Augustin at The Secret Theater. She most recently directed Jacqueline Lynch's one-woman show Rosemarie at the Cinema, at Dixon Place lounge. Simi is a regular host on International Women's Artist Salon weekly radio show and can also be seen telling personal stories on stages across NYC. Gratitude to God/dess.

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The NYC Icarus Project is a support network, advocacy organization and media project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We hold an event on the first Wednesday of every month, at the Bluestockings Bookstore

On June 10, you're invited to the launch of IDHA (Institute for the Development of Human Arts) a new training initiative that will focus on community-based, recovery-oriented and peer-driven alternatives, which are taking an increasingly prominent role in the new formal and informal care network. We would like you to be a part of this new community of transformative practice. (Rebecca Stabile will be speaking and performing!)

Fountain House, located in NYC, is dedicated to the recovery of men and women with mental illness by providing opportunities for our members to live, work, and learn, while contributing their talents through a community of mutual support. Their gallery Fountain House Gallery provides an environment for artists living and working with mental illness to pursue their creative visions and to challenge the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

Clubhouse International has succeeded in creating something that didn’t exist before: A worldwide community that is changing the world of mental health. Through over 320 local Clubhouses around the world, we offer people living with mental illness opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, education and access to medical and psychiatric services in a single caring and safe environment – so they can recover and fully participate as valued and respected members of society.

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place: Mental Health, Opening the Dialogue - May 20, 2017

International Women Artists' Salon is honored to be partnering with Dixon Place to bring you our multi-disciplinary project series, "Salon Lounge at Dixon Place", a monthly showcase of women's artistry.

This month we have amazing multidisciplinary artists sharing work that opens the dialogue about mental health.

Don't miss this dynamic evening of incredible artistry by these uber talented women creatives:

Performance: Becca Bernard

Music: Rebecca Stabile

Visual Art: Lisa Lamontanaro

Literature: Lucy Torres

Host: Simi Toledano

Curators: Heidi Russell and Simi Toledano

Come early to mix, stay after to mingle!
FREE to attend, donations welcome

7:30 pm, showcase begins
8:15 pm on, mixing and mingling in lounge with artists and audience

The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. Proceeds directly support Dixon Place’s artists and mission.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Salon Radio presents The 17th Annual Estrogenius Festival - May 18, 2017

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May 18th SALON RADIO on City World Radio Network
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This week's show presents The 17th Annual Estrogenius Festival (May 6-28), with Jenny Green presenting and International Women Artists' Salon founder Heidi Russell hosting.

Salon Radio is rounded out as always with our Women in Art World Bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts (editor Jenny Green) and our Salon Bulletin for upcoming week's happenings of Salonistas around the world (editor Casey Abeson). Our sound engineer is musician Jade Zabric.

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2017 EstroGenius Festival

EstroGenius is back for 2017 and has found a HOME at the Kraine Theater!

We are thrilled to announce EstroGenius Spring 2017; openned on May 6 and runs through May 28 at the Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St, 10003

Tickets are ON SALE now!

WOMEN. ARTISTS. WE NEED THEM. EstroGenius 2017 | LMnO3, Pioneers Go East Collective, Nadia Tykulsker, Girl Be Heard, Nia Love, Courtney Cook…. and more.

This year’s format includes evenings of multiple makers in our SPILL Series, curated by Women in Motion 2015 Commissioned Artist, Maura Nguyen Donohue and full evenings of theatre, music – like the one and only NANCY SIRIANNI! – dance and of course, our favorite brilliant teen inventors G!RL BE HEARD with their original show: BLURRED LINES.

Still coming up...

SirianniHoffman Band May 18
LMnO3 & Chelsea and Magda May 19 & 20
Girl Be Heard May 21st & 22nd
WiM May 24th
Broken Bone Bathtub May 24th with
Short Plays May 26-27
Closing performance and awards May 28th

2017 Festival Credits
Melissa Riker Executive Director EstroGenius
Erez Ziv Executive Director HorseTrade/Frigid NYC
Maura Donohue Co-Curator / Producer
Deborah Long Short Play Curator/Producer
Margaret Stockton Short Play Curator/Producer
Earline Stephens Festival Artist Care Manager
Jaz Okura-Youtsey Festival Board Operator/Designer
Emily Owens PR Festival Press


A Encore Performances of BLURRED LINES

Sunday May 21 & Monday May 22

Blurred Lines draws attention to how we navigate and survive in a world where 1 in 5 college women are sexually assaulted, and challenges audiences to reflect on the roles we all play in a culture that promotes silence and blurs the lines of consent. Girl Be Heard is excited to bring their 2017 MainStage show Blurred Lines to the EstroGenius Festival. This show is reflection on and deconstruction of rape culture. Devised by eight performers over three months Blurred Lines originally premiered at HERE in February 2017.

SUNDAY May 21, 12:30-4pm Girl Be Heard will be running a workshop to devise new pieces to be worked into the show and evening performance. This exploration will not only be through watching but also playing.


About the Festival

Manhattan Theatre Source’s EstroGenius Festival, an annual celebration of female voices, is one of New York City’s largest women’s arts festivals.

Founded by Fiona Jones in 2000, the festival debuted with a program of 10 short plays and music. Since then, it has grown into a multi-week event including short plays, solo shows, teen performances, visual art, and dance. In past years, we’ve also had stand-up comedy, live music, fundraisers for African girls’ education, and full-day networking events with panels and workshops.

Almost completely volunteer run, the EstroGenius Festival has provided thousands of artists the chance to shine; showcased award-winning playwrights Sheila Callaghan, Quiara Alegria Hudes, T.D. Mitchell and Melissa Maxwell; presented Bessie Award-winning choreographers Marta Renzi and Jennifer Nugent; and provided scholarships for girls to attend school in Niger, ranked the poorest country in the world by the United Nations.

We are committed to providing opportunities to female artists – in a variety of disciplines – ranging from the emerging to the seasoned professional.

The New York Times raves that EstroGenius
“lives up to its billing as a celebration of women’s work”

nysca_100pxManhattan Theatre Source & EstroGenius would like to thank New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for their support.