Featured Artists

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Flor De Liz Perez with her Grandmother, Hortencia, in Corona, Jackson Heights
Flor De Liz Perez with her Grandmother, Hortencia, in Corona, Jackson Heights

TitleOccupation
Actress, Writer/Performer with the NY Neo-Futurists

Where were you born?
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I came here when I was five and was raised in Jamaica Estates, Queens until moving away to upstate NY for middle school. There were a lot more stops along the way, including schooling in PA and NC, but the road always leads back to Queens! (More on that in the next few answers).

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I live in Astoria now (again). I moved to Astoria after grad school and lived here for a year. Then I migrated to Greenpoint, BK for about 6 months, after which I came back to Astoria, where I’ve been ever since (this leg of the journey is going on 2 years).

How did you get involved in theater?
It started with storytelling. My mom was really into reading and telling me stories when I was a kid. When we started doing plays in elementary school (P.S. 131 in Jamaica Estates, Queens), I discovered such joy in acting out stories and getting to be different characters (my favorite roles included a piranha and a penguin). I continued cherishing written stories and found more and more ways into performance as I grew.

However, it wasn’t until college when I decided that I wanted to dedicate myself to the theatre as a profession. I majored in English Lit and Theatre, and studied abroad in London for a semester at the London Dramatic Academy. There, I was infused with a new appreciation for what being a theatre artist in the world meant.

Being in a culture where theatre was viewed as an essential part of society; and seeing how my teachers, who were working actors and theatre-makers themselves, had created lives rich in creativity, community, action, dedication to the craft, social consciousness and citizenry inspired me.

I knew then that I wanted to be a part of the theatre in some form for the rest of my life.

What do you love most about Queens?
I ADORE the wide range of neighborhoods, diversity, people, FOOD! Every nook and cranny of Queens offers a different experience.

Also, Queens=family! My mother grew up in Corona, Jackson Heights (off the Junction Blvd stop) with her brothers and mother. A lot of her family came through Jackson Heights upon arriving from Dominican Republic in the 50s/60s. My uncles actually still live in the house they were raised in with my mother! They made it a split-level, so one is on the first floor with his family, the other on the second floor with his family. So my cousins, aunts, uncles and abuela are all in one place! I knew I always had a home there.

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
I remember doing a performance of “Jackson Heights 3AM” at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights with Theatre 167 (another Queens-based company!). Walking into the school for the first time, the message board by the entrance astounded me. There were school notices posted in about 15 languages, from Spanish to English to Bengali. I thought, “Wow.” It was a moment of true reflection about the neighborhood we were in.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Ooh…this is a tough one. Off the top of my head:

Jardin de China (off Junction Blvd 7 stop. Legit Chino-Latino food!! My mom used to come here as a kid and I remember meeting the owner when I was young. His family still runs the place. BEST fried rice, pork ribs, platanos…everything.
http://m.yelp.com/biz/jardin-de-china-corona)

1) Sweet Afton (off 30th Ave N stop. Love Love LOVE their fried pickles! Great atmosphere.
www.sweetaftonbar.com)

2) The Sparrow Tavern (great bar off Astoria Blvd N stop…right around the corner from my house!
www.thesparrowtavern.com)

3) Othello’s Deli (also around the corner from me. Great for late night sandwiches…and they deliver!
www.othellodeli.com)

4) Rapture (amazing bar off 30th Ave N stop with great nightly specials. 2-for-1 pitchers of sangria!? Yes, please. Eclectic atmosphere and clients.
www.rapturelounge.com)

5) Socrates Sculpture Park (Beautiful place. LIC, 7 train.
www.socratessculpturepark.org)

6) Noguchi Museum (I remember being struck with a sense of such peace and awe when I first visited here. LIC 7 train.
www.noguchi.org)

7) Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (off Mets Willets Point 7 stop. I learned to ride my bike around the Unisphere out there. World’s Fair! And they filmed Men in Black there. Sweet place.)

**I haven’t even hit on the great Indian food found out by 74th St off the E/7/R/M Roosevelt Ave stop! Just take a trip out there and get lost. So many unique spots.**

Current/Upcoming projects?
I’ve recently filmed a few episodes of “The Good Wife” on CBS recently, with the next one airing December 15.

We just closed the premiere of PIRIRA by J.Stephen Brantley, directed by Ari Laura Kreith (also with Theatre 167).
www.theatre167.org

And I leave in December to work on the world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s beautiful play THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND, directed by Patricia McGregor, at Berkeley Rep and Yale Rep. Very excited to be a part of telling this story. Look it up! Fascinating and moving tale of a free woman of color and her three daughters in 1860s New Orleans (loosely based on Lorca’s THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA).
www.berkeleyrep.org
www.yalerep.org

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Jane Miller  (photo by Joanna Wylomanska)
Jane Miller (photo by Joanna Wylomanska)

TitleOccupation
Playwright and Screenwriter. Copywriter for a non-profit during the day.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I live on the Sunnyside/Woodside border and I’ve been here for about nine months. So, I’m a relative newbie. But I love it!

How did you get involved in theater?
When I was 16, I joined a youth theater group on East 4th Street called Downtown Art. I acted in lots of plays and made some great friends, including Laura Pestronk, a Mission to Ditmars member.  I loved the community that we all created. Eventually I realized I was too introverted for acting and much too self-conscious, but I loved creating a story. That’s how I ended up becoming a writer.

What do you love most about Queens?
I feel a real sense of perseverance in Queens. As in, people are always working to get ahead in the world and improve their lives, and I really like that energy. When I think about what Queens symbolizes, I always think of John Guare’s play “The House of Blue Leaves,” which  is a lot about striving for something in your life. I also believe it takes place in Sunnyside.

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
This is not a single moment so much as a collection of Saturday morning memories on the 7 train. When I was in high school, my parents sent me to a hagwon, a Korean “cram” school in Flushing. I would spend a few hours every weekend preparing for standardized tests. There were a whole bunch of these schools in Flushing and they always felt very exclusive to Queens. Maybe that goes back to the “getting ahead” kind of energy and spirit in Queens.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?

The cutest coffee shop in all of Sunnyside/Woodside. They have amazing rainbow cookies and a great chili/beer special. They also have a $15 “wine down” after work special, which is a bottle for just $15, http://www.auberginecafe.com/

Phyzique, http://phyzique4life.com/ – an affordable, neighborhoody gym that makes me laugh because they have a “z” in their name.

Tell us a little about the play you’re developing in the Propulsion Lab?
The play I’m developing is about a young woman who is being cyberstalked. She decides to escape her life by adopting a completely new identity and leaving her friends and family behind. I’m playing around with the idea of having many lives in one life.

Current/Upcoming projects?
Heading to get my MFA in Screenwriting in the Fall at UCLA in LA! But who knows, I may be back to Queens in a few years.

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Jiehae Park
Jiehae Park

TitleOccupation
Actor and playwright. playwright and actor? word order depends on the day.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Sunnyside, 1 and 3/4 years.

How did you get involved in theater?
for the first grade spring musical, i was cast as a pussywillow. but man, i really wanted to be a daffodil. really really. they had these awesome yellow hats made out of construction paper and a better song. so i marched up to the teacher and politely-but-firmly requested to join the daffodils.  present-day me could probably learn a lot from that 1st-grader.

What do you love most about Queens?
The surprising number of super-talented friends who live out here, and the general sense of –and this word gets thrown out a lot, but i really feel it in queens– community

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
Walking down with friends and neighbors to Gantry State Park in LIC after the hurricane and seeing half of the Manhattan skyline lit up, the other half in shadow. Then walking back to Sunnyside and feeling major gratitude over fresh mozzerella pizza from Lenny’s
Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Fish and chips in the back garden room at Molly Blooms
Sunnyside Gardens. Trees = happiness.
Korean grocery stores (my people are really good with produce)

Current/Upcoming projects?
HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO will be developed at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Ojai Playwrights Conference this summer, and will have readings June 26th at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and in early June for the 2013 Leah Ryan Prize.

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Mariana Newhard
Mariana Newhard

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Mariana Newhard
Mariana Newhard

TitleOccupation
Actor, Writer moonlighting as Videographer

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I’ve been living in Astoria for a little over a year now.

How did you get involved in theater?
My debut into the theater was playing princess Annabelle in “Cinderfellow” in the 5th grade. I haven’t lived up to that performance since.

What do you love most about Queens?
I love a) the diversity of cultures. I grew up in a multi-cultural environment, so I love being able to explore different ethnic pockets especially when it involves food!
b) it’s midpoint between neighborly and cool. Queens and especially Astoria has homey family oriented neighborhoods. But it’s also a draw for artists and entrepreneurs who are contributing to a growing arts, dining and night life culture.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Bars and Restaurants: The Sparrow, Queens Kickshaw, The Bohemian Beer Garden, Sweet Afton, HinoMaru and Taverna Kyclades.
Points of interest: Socrates Park (free yoga and film series in the summer!), Astoria Park, MoMa PS 1 (Warm UP in the summer is da bomb), Museum of the Moving Image.

Current/Upcoming projects?
Last month I was featured as Crystal Lemon in the premiere screening of the short film “The Snake and the Parrot” directed by Amy Guggenheim at Anthology Film Archives (hosted by New York Women in Film and Television),  and shot a Mitsubishi commercial in The Florida Keys. This month I’ll be playing Andromache in “Troy Is Burning ” for Lunar Energy’s Benefit at The Gibson Showroom on  +Monday June 10th. (tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/382417). Also at the end of this month, I’ll be taking part in a week long residency at MASS MoCA joining the creative team of “Trade Practices” led by Kristin Marting and David Morris. “Trade Practices” is slated for production at HERE Theater Center this fall.

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Erin McCarson
Erin McCarson

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Erin McCarson
Erin McCarson

TitleOccupation
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Songwriter, Voice Actor, Artist, Creative Type
(with a little nannying and hair-styling on the side)

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Astoria! The best! Same apartment for almost a decade now.

How did you get involved in theater?
It’s a part of my DNA. Performing is my greatest love! Always has been. I did my first play when I was 3 or 4 at church. Oh man, those church plays were awful and spectacular. And I’ve been acting ever since. I wrote my first play in 8th grade. It was about Pluto leaving the solar system, with dance numbers. Very heavy stuff! I studied acting at UNC Chapel Hill and NYU. I have been acting in NYC for almost 10 year in theater and film. I am also a founding member of the dirty doowop band, Cudzoo & the faggettes. Creating your own work is so important for the creative soul and gives you the power to provide performance opportunities for yourself.

What do you love most about Queens?
One day I was walking on my block and saw a strange furry thing in a trash can. Upon closer inspection, it was an adorable ginger baby guinea pig! The neighborhood cats were gathering with hungry eyes and I knew I had to save this sweet little creature. As I was trying to figure out the best rescue plan, some girls from the building came out and said they threw it out because they thought it was a rat. Idiots. Bitches. Seriously? Idiots! That is the most flamboyant rat in the history of rats. Cunt punt! I took the little creature home, put it in the my bathtub with some carrots and water (closed off from my curious cats), and headed across the street to gather supplies with a friend and fellow animal lover. We drove to a pet store and got a cage, bedding, food, toys, everything a guinea pig could want. We introduced her to her new home and named her Cheesedoodle. Cheesedoodle lived with me for several months. She made funny noises and loved fruits and vegetables. A friend of mine wanted a pet, but could not have a cat or dog. Cheesedoodle was the perfect solution. She had a long wonderful life in her forever home and brought happiness to my friend’s family. I am still not sure how a rogue guinea pig ended up on the mean streets of Queens, but I am glad I could be the one to save her! RIP Cheesedoodle! I love you, gurrrrrrrrrrl!

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
I love when family and friends visit my neighborhood! There is so much to show them! I used to get into lots of booze-fueled fun trouble at The Sparrow and The Bohemian Beer Garden. The Beer Garden was more fun when they encouraged rowdiness in the garden (there was a summer they served pitchers of Long Island Iced Tea for, like, $10. Pitchers! I fell in love a lot that summer.).  The atmosphere is different now, but the food is delicious, the beer is cold, and they often host fun events. I have some dear friends who even got married there. I think 5 Pointz is amazing. The Museum of Moving Image is my favorite museum in the whole city. I’ll admit it, having a Costco close by is fucking rad!  I love Astoria Park and Socrates Sculpture ParkFlushing Meadows-Corona Park is beautiful. You can explore the World’s Fair grounds, check out the unbelievable panorama of the city at the Queens Museum of Art, and catch a Mets game (bless their hearts) all in one day. Right now I am obsessed with the ramen at HinoMaru. Queens Comfort has the best brunch. Nook N’ Crannie is my go to shop for deals on antiques, furniture, gifts, and knickknacks, and they deliver. Spa Castle is the best daycation money can buy! And, well, my apartment! Come on over for some moonshine and crafting!

Current/Upcoming projects?
I always have something exciting going on! I like to stay busy. Check my website (erinmccarson.com) or follow me on facebook (facebook.com/erinmccarson) for the latest news. Right now I am most excited about a movie I was in, He’s Way More Famous Than You (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2076216), opening in theaters across the country May 10. It will be playing in New York at the AMC Lowes Village 7. Go see it! And there is always a Cudzoo & the faggettes show around the corner. Follow us on facebook for dates and funny status updates about dicks and glitter (https://www.facebook.com/CudzooFaggettes).

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Matt Schatz
Matt Schatz

TitleOccupation
Playwright, Musical Theater Writer (librettist/lyricist/composer), Sort-of-TV-Writer…

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
My wife Jenna and I moved to Sunnyside almost six years ago. She wasn’t my wife then, but she’s my wife now. We like it here.

How did you get involved in theater?
I always wrote stuff. I wrote little books and songs and raps when I was a kid (like you do), and in high school I wrote a lot of poetry. In college while studying screenwriting, I learned how to play the guitar, so I also started writing songs. I’ve always had sort of a short attention span, so I started reading plays, because unlike a novel, you can read them in one or two sittings. For some reason, I liked the idea of being a playwright. I wrote a play about a drugstore (I worked in a couple of them during and after college) and used that to apply to grad school. I got into a few and went to one, and while there, I found that if you called yourself a playwright long enough, eventually you would become one.

And then I wrote my first musical in 2007 while in Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre and realized that was probably what I was born to do. I wrote many more after that. And the rest is the present.

I never really acted. I’m terrible.

What do you love most about Queens?
Sunnyside is great. It’s a real neighborhood. It’s small and it’s incredibly diverse. There are families and young people and old people and middle aged people. My wife and I know the people who work at the diner, the fish store, the thrift store, the laundromat, and all that. We talk to them and we’re not even that friendly (we’re both shy writer types).

I love that we are able to live in New York and live in a rent stabilized two bedroom apartment—with one room to sleep in and the other for us both to write and for me to write songs and play musical instruments and procrastinate.

What I love most about Queens is that it’s in New York City. I really like Queens, but I love New York.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?

I will limit this to Sunnyside/Woodside food places.  I write what I know.

In no particular order…

Diner Breakfast: Pete’s Grill

Diner Lunch: New York Style Eats

Sushi: TJ’s Asian BistroAri Yoshi

Thai: Yum Yum Queens

Mexican: De Mole

Pizza: Marabella’s

Butcher/Delli: The Butcher Block
Fish: Kim’s Fish

Trendy Small Plates: Salt & Fat
Donuts: Alfa Donuts
Cafe: Aubergine

Breakfast Sandwiches: Dunkin Donuts
Big Macs: The McDonald’s on Queens Boulevard

There are also plenty of bars and Irish pubs if you’re into that sort of thing, but all beer tastes the same to me.


Current/Upcoming projects?
Director Wendy Goldberg and I are presenting my hip hop basketball musical DUNKFEST ’88 as part of Ars Nova’s ANT Fest on June 15. Come see it!I am appeared on a panel with Diana Son and Itamar Moses called “Playwrights Writing for Television: Success or Compromise” at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center on May 20th; I haven’t yet compromised as much as I would like, but I plan to compromise more and more.

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Jenny Lane
Jenny Lane

TitleOccupation
Playwright
Administrative Director for the League of Professional Theatre Women
Literary Manager for the Astoria Performing Arts Center

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I live in Astoria, and I’ve been in this apartment for 2 years. But I lived in Long Island City/Astoria for many years before grad school brought me to Harlem, as well. So all told, I think I’ve lived in Queens for about 6 years. I love it here.

How did you get involved in theater?
I was lucky to have parents who loved the theater, and they began taking me to the Broadway shows that toured through Detroit at a very young age. I knew all of the words to Les Miserables before I understood what all of the words meant.

What do you love most about Queens?
I find it so unpretentious and refreshingly family-oriented, with a vibrant and committed arts community. And also, the food.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?

Mosaic, for the wine list.
Via Trenta, Brick Cafe and Ovelia for the food.
Sissy McGinty’s, because that’s been our local haunt for about a decade.
Astoria Park, for the pretty.
Club Fitness, for the Zumba.

Tell us a little about the play you’r developing in the Propulsion Lab?
Right now I have only the beginning of something brand new, and presently untitled. It begins in the mundane rhythm of naturalism and then sort of disintegrates into something dreamier. It’s at once a deeply personal piece, and a response to some frustrating and horrifying current events. I don’t know much about it yet, but I’m super excited to have a place to hear it and get some feedback.

Current/Upcoming projects?
I had an excerpt of a play go up in April in Washington, DC, a short play going up in Seattle in June, and my play Harlowe will be produced in the fall as part of the Alec Baldwin Fellowship at Singers Forum.

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Nathan Brisby
Nathan Brisby

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Nathan Brisby
Nathan Brisby

TitleOccupation
I wear a lot of hats.  I’m an actor/singer, but also a writer in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and the founding producer of Broadway Gives Back.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I’m in Astoria (aka “Actoria”) and have been here since 2005.  I’ve been in NYC since 2002.   I’m old.

How did you get involved in theater?
I was Scrooge in A Christmas Story.  I got bit by the bug and never looked back.

What do you love most about Queens?
It’s not a concrete jungle, but it also doesn’t shut down at 9pm.  It’s the best of both worlds.

Do you have any “only in Queens” moments you’d like to share?
Well, as you may know, the census said that Astoria is the most diverse neighborhood in the entire US of A.  I love taking the train home late at nightwith dozens of languages being slurred by drunk people around me.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
So many!!  For food, I love Vesta, Sparrow, ordering late night Thai from Bangkok Tasty, and Sugar Freak.  Astoria Performing Arts Center regularly puts on shows that are better than most of what happens on Broadway.  How they transform their space every show is the stuff of legend.  And if you’ve got a dog, like I do, he loves nothing more than a nice walk in Astoria Park.

Current/Upcoming projects?
 I just finished a bunch of readings, and have a few coming up.  I’m working on a new tween musical with my writing partner, Lizzie Hagstedt, called “Camo Girl,” based on a novel by Kikla Magoon.  Broadway Gives Back held a benefit concert recently at Le Poisson Rouge called “Broadway Charity Songs,” and it was a HIT!  We are being asked to do it every year.  There should be press coming out about it on the theatre websites very soon.

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Liz Nieves
Liz Nieves

TitleOccupation
Photographer – Event Organizer

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Astoria for 12 years with a 2 year break in Sunnyside Gardens

Tell us more about your work.
I am a photographer that focuses mostly on environmental portraiture but I love a good landscape, especially anything with inclement weather.

Are there any favorite places in Queens that you like to photograph?
 I have one spot that a friend showed me that is an oasis of greenery and trees in the center of these large urban apartment buildings. It’s so quiet and unexpected.

What do you love most about Queens?
I love that you are immersed in a million different cultures and that it’s filled with such a variety of ethnicity. Everything feels authentic and each neighborhood has something to offer.  I love that no matter how many times it’s declared so that it will never be tragically hip.

Do you have any “only in Queens” moments you’d like to share?
I had dinner at a restaurant last night called Annam Brahma in Jamiaca.  It’s a vegetarian restaurant that is operated by the followers of the late famed guru Sri Chinmoy.   I didn’t really know much about it before I went (we were there to photograph and interview a writer that lived nearby). The place was so interesting; the entire place was a shrine to Sri Chimnoy. There is one wall devoted to his progress as he went on to train in weightlifting and lifted 7,000 lbs with one hand.  The staff all had the enlightened look of hardcore meditators (much less stressed looking than the typical Ny’er), the food was delicious and everyone was very kind. Yet after doing a bit of googling you see that Sri Chimnoy was accused of running a cult that prohibited its members from dating, eating meat, alcohol, socializing outside the circle and owning pets.   The entire thing is so random and so queens to me.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?

So many good restaurants have opened in Astoria lately-

I love Queens Comfort for the brunch, I need to get there early enough for their creative take on donuts (and it’s BYOB), Queens Kickshaw is great to eat at anytime but I love the Friday night music series, eclectic and always good. Il Bambino is classic. Olde Prague just opened by the Brewhouse- I’m looking forward to more live local music coming from there.  Gian Pierro bakery is amazing. I just got these sugar donuts filled with cannoli cream. Soriso’s deli makes everything delicious- I always wind up leaving with items I have never had before. Via Trenta is great for dinner too. Antika – the grandma square shaped pizza is unreal. Might be the best pizza I’ve ever had. Ha, I’m making myself hungry.


Current/Upcoming projects?
Audrey DiMola and I launched glitter and doom last month (glitteranddoom.com). We are hoping to have a launch party in a few months with live music and limited editions of G & D in print. I am working with Queens Council on the Arts as their coordinator for the Queens Art Express Block Party on June 22. I’m also photographing their featured artists throughout the process. Come fall, the collective I work with (inbloomcollective.com) are going to have the 2nd Annual Astoria Art Festival.

For more information on Liz, please visit http://glitterunicorn.com/home.html

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Greg Cicchino
Greg Cicchino

TitleOccupation
Managing Director of Variations Theatre Group, Resident Artists of the Chain Theatre and a freelance director.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I’ve lived in Astoria (right across from the ORIGINAL Bareburger) for 5 years.

How did you get involved in theater?
My first play was in preschool. I played a bear. I was mad the zookeeper didn’t bring the popcorn to our cage. After that was 6th Grade. I played Dracula. I went to Syracuse University for acting, luckily for everyone I don’t do that anymore, but it is there I stumbled into directing.

What do you love most about Queens?
The variety. You can find anything within a few blocks. Whether its food, or different kinds of people, a busy street with cool stores and bars or a park – it’s all in walking distance.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Astoria Park or Socrates – especially in the summer when the farmers markets are in season.


Current/Upcoming projects?

I will next be directing What’s In A Name, a work that came through our Minor Variations Project at the Chain Theatre, written by Tim Nolan. I am also developing and directing Garbo Dreams, a one-woman show about the life of iconic film star turned recluse, Greta Garbo.