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February 3, 2017


What Works for You? A Roundtable Panel  

Please join us for an evening exploring the possibilities of cross-gender casting in expanding opportunities for women, moderated by Rebecca Patterson, Artistic Director of The Queen's Company.

Female actors who have successfully auditioned for and performed classical roles traditionally filled by men will share what has worked for them, especially in the audition process. Learn how to be empowered to audition for characters not necessarily of your own gender! Light refreshments will be served.

Rebecca Patterson (Moderator) is a freelance director and founding Artistic Director of The Queen's Company (NYC). She has directed critically acclaimed all-female cast classical productions and is a passionate advocate for gender-blind casting, diversity and equal opportunity for female classical actors.

Kate Konigisor has performed on stages around the country. A few favorites are Over the River and Through the Woods at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Akhmatova at BAM with the Ensemble for the Romantic Century, and the title role in the award winning all-female production of Macbeth at Shakespeare in Delaware Park in Buffalo for which she received the Katharine Cornell Award for Outstanding Performance. She is also the Artistic Director of the Killington Shakespeare Retreat and Shakespeare with Benefits, whose January 20, 2017 Bard-Based Variety Show raised over $5,400 for the ACLU.

Mary E. Hodges is a mom, actor, director, and teacher. She has a MFA in Acting from The University of Connecticut (Storrs Campus) and a BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Roles in Shakespeare: Macbeth3 (Witch/Banquo/King Duncan/Porter/MacDuff); Othello (Cassio); Julius Caesar (Metellus Cimber); King Lear (The Fool); Double Falsehood (Henriquez); Hamlet (Ophelia & Queen Gertrude); Twelfth Night (Maria); Richard III (King Edward/Richmond); Henry IV, pt2 (Jack Cade) to list some.

It just dawned on Virginia Baeta that she's been cast in men's roles from her first high-school play to today. She has appeared in many productions with The Queen's Company -- almost exclusively as traditionally male characters. Damaged Goods, Virginia's gender-twisting homage to film noir in which she plays Thomas Sparks, a shamus with a secret, runs from March 2-18 as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) New Works Festival.

Candace Clift has a passion for Shakespeare, which has afforded her many opportunities to play across gender (and to play with swords!). She has played Mercutio, Dromio, Dogberry, Puck and Trinculo. She's also played male literary figures such as Sherlock Holmes and Victor Frankenstein. Her most recent turn in a male role was the melancholy prince in Hamlet

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
7 p.m.

Council Room — Actors’ Equity Association
165 W 46th St, 14th Floor
Between 7th Avenue and 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10036

These events are free and open to the public, and space is limited. Seating for each event is first come, first served. Participants are subject to change based on availability.


Previous Event:

Staging a Woman’s Life: A Panel Discussion on the Dames who Dared  

Women lived their lives and their stories deserve to be told…
SOLO your own show and get yourself employed!

In celebration of Women’s History Month 2017, a panel of actors, directors and writers will discuss solo shows that reflect and illuminate history from the feminine perspective. Women make up 50% of Actors’ Equity’s membership but are still under-represented on American stages. Today, actors are self-generating work across all mediums, and this panel will address opportunities and logistics for creating theatrical presentations of solo shows about ladies who took the lead, whether they be for performances in large or small venues, from libraries, solo festivals, Off-Broadway, Broadway, regional theatre and internationally. Discussion will also include an outline of the kinds of Equity contracts that cover these types of performances.

Moderated by writer/editor Gerit Quealy, who is currently at work on a TV docu-series, FLOTUS: Playing the Woman Card in the White House.

Panelists include: 
Emmy Award winning actress Elaine Bromka, whose solo show Tea for Three humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving: a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. Originally produced by 12 Miles West Theatre Co, NJ, Tea for Three had a successful Off-Broadway run and now tours nationwide.

Perri Gaffney: A New York based actor and writer, Perri adapted her novel The Resurrection of Alice into a one-woman play that won the 2014 Black Theater Alliance's Best Lead Actress Award (Chicago) and the 2014 African American Arts Alliance of Chicago Outstanding Actress Award. The Resurrection of Alice was also nominated for 2014 Black Theater Alliance's Best Play and Best Playwright categories, the 2014 Helen Hayes’ Outstanding Lead Actress-Drama Award (Washington DC), and 2012 Audelco’s Best Solo Performance Award (New York City). Perri also wrote and performs Josephine, a multimedia monodrama based on the life of Josephine Baker.

Benjamin Endsley Klein: Director of Ann, an inspiring, hilarious and no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary governor of Texas. After playing throughout Texas to sold-out audiences, Ann went on to win critical acclaim in Chicago, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and on Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. Benjamin is a recipient of an Ockrent Fellowship (SDC), Paul Green Foundation Award (National Theatre Conference), and the Emerging Artist Award (University of Michigan).

Michele LaRue: A longtime member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, Michèle LaRue tours nationally with a repertoire of thirty Tales Well Told — all using literature written in America’s Gilded Age. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Marie Jenney Howe’s “Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire” (both directed by Warren Kliewer), and “Eve’s Diary” (adapted from Mark Twain by Gayle Stahlhuth and directed by Cliff Goodwin) are fully staged. Michèle also enjoys pushing the envelope of oral interpretation, with, for instance, Elsie Singmaster’s Gettysburg: One Woman’s War, Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s “The Bedquilt,” and Edith Wharton’s “Roman Fever.” Michèle markets her performances to a variety of audiences and has played 400 venues to date. Once-upon-a-time the Senior Editor at Backstage, she is a frequently published theatre writer and book editor.  

Event Coordinator, Katrina Ferguson: Equity actor and founding member of The Australia New Zealand Artists’ Alliance (ANZAA), Katrina was Executive Producer of The Oceania Arts Festival in New York, featuring over 30 antipodean artists. She also founded The Career Group, a career development program for actors. She has performed on stages across the U.S, Australia and the U.S.

Monday, March 13, 2017
7 p.m.
Council Room — Actors’ Equity Association
165 W 46th St, 14th Floor
Between 7th Avenue and 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10036


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