Meet the Artistic Instigators:
Janis Astor del Valle is a Bronx-born Puerto Rican lesbian writer-performer, who uses her plays and films to foster discourse and understanding of LGBTQ issues and cultural diversity. She is a member of Honor Roll! and the Actors Studio’s Playwright/Director’s Workshop. She has served as an Assistant Professor in the Practice of Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at SUNY Purchase since 2013. Janis resides in New Haven, CT, with her wife, their dog and kitten.
Cindy Cooper’s plays have been produced in the US, Canada and Europe. In New York, her work has been at Primary Stages, Women’s Project, Wings, Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio,WOW Café, Museum of Tolerance, others, with productions in Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Boston,LA, Maryland, Montreal, Budapest and more. Her works are in LGBTQI festivals, and she founded ReproFreedomArts.org. A two-time Jerome Fellow, her plays are in 16 volumes and have won awards from Pen and Brush, Samuel French, and elsewhere. www.cyncooperwriter.net
Cheryl Davis received the Kleban Award as a librettist for her musical Barnstormer about Bessie
Coleman, the first Black woman flyer. Her musical Bridges was a finalist for the Richard Rodgers
Award. Her play Maid’s Door received seven Audelco Awards and was a finalist for the Francesca
Primus Prize. She is co-librettist on an adaptation of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha for the
Volcano Theatre Company in Canada.
Deborah Savadge is a playwright, director and producer. This year, her work has been produced by OUTCAST PRODUCTIONS of Whidbey Island, Washington, and published by Plays International/Europe. She wrote the screenplay for Wedding March, a Best Short Film selection of Selected Shorts on PBS. A winner of the Playwrights First Award and the Golden Prize for playwriting, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the League of Professional Theatre Women and literary manager for Playwrights Gallery. She produced Insulted-Belarus for an international audience.
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We began our project in 2020 under the auspices of a newly-formed group, The New Shokan Kitchen Island Project (NSKIP).
NSKIP is a successor to the East Broadway Theatre Company's 10 x 10 project, conceived by Artistic Director Gail Kriegel.