Meet Cheryl King and Stage Left Studio.

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Cheryl King

This year, the EstroGenius Festival is being held in two spaces. Cheryl is the director of one of those spaces, Stage Left Studios, as well as the producer of Solo Voce.

Cheryl King is the creator and producing director of Stage Left Studio, in NYC, as well as a playwright, director and actor.  From 2007 – 2010 she was the resident acting coach at All My Children.

She first began writing for herself as a mime, in 1979. In 1982 she wrote her first standup comedy routine, and within two months had embarked on her career as a touring comic. She worked in most of the US for the following 13 years – first as an opening act, moving quickly to middle act and for her last five years as a headliner. She moved to NYC in 1989, and wrote her first solo show, “not a nice girl” in 1996. “not a nice girl” was produced in LA, NYC, Chicago and Ft. Collins, CO. She studied acting with Carol Fox Prescott (NYC) and Rod Menzies (LA), playwriting with Jeffrey Sweet (NYC) and improvisation with Gary Austin (NYC) and Michael Gellman (Second City). She began teaching writing workshops in 1999, both in NYC and in Los Angeles, traveling there every six weeks to teach multiple workshops. In NYC, she teaches a weekly writing workshop, which has generated several plays, including Michelle Ramoni’s June and Nancy, and Margaret Morrison’s Home in Her Heart, which Cheryl also directed. Cheryl created the long-running series Forbidden Kiss LIVE which plays monthly at Stage Left Studio, and for which she regularly writes sketches for herself and other cast members. She wrote The Adventures of Naughty Nurse Elza for Elza Zagreda, portions of which have been performed in Forbidden Kiss LIVE and which will be presented as a full-length show in 2013. She regularly creates new sketches for The Podcasters, an episodic play for herself and TC Corwin, which is performed in Forbidden Kiss and will be presented at Stage Left in 2014. She has served as dramaturge for over 50 actor/playwrights, including award-winning playwright/performers Joe Hutcheson and Frank Blocker.
Stage Left Studio is the realization of the vision of Cheryl King, acting coach, director, performer, playwright and producer.  Stage Left has an attractive, art-filled lobby,  connected by a grand doorway to the tastefully appointed 20′ x 24′ studio, with 45 comfortable chairs, great lighting, and beautiful windows with a view of St. John the Baptist cathedral and Madison Square Garden. Easy access restroom,  A state-of-the-art sound and light system, projector and screen, top-of-the-line Roland weighted key digital piano, mics and stands are provided. WiFi. Stage Left is a member of LITNY, League of Independent Theater New York.  The space has an elevator and is handicapped accessible.​

Here We Go!

It’s October 1st, which means, in just five weeks, the EstroGenius Festival will be kicking off its 13th year in a new space (TBG Theatre) with a new schedule (in repertory for 9 performances) and with the entire festival happening under one roof (YAY Women In Motion!)

Just to give you an idea of what’s been going on, our Indiegogo campaign is still going strong (five days left); we are Tweeting away and updating the EstroGenius Festival Facebook page; and keeping our brand new website current. So, check in regularly as things develop at a breakneck speed around here.

This month on the blog, we’ll hear from the people behind the scenes of the festival. We talked to some of our staff volunteers to find out why they donate their time and expertise to the EstroGenius Festival. And what keeps so many of them coming back year after year? Not surprisingly, love and appreciation for each other and the craft is at the core of their commitment.

I am so thrilled to be in the rabbit hole with these amazingly fabulous EstroBabes. Please stay tuned on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and see who takes on the ESTRO 5. And because I can’t keep a secret, Jen Thatcher, our Executive Producer/Fearless Leader/Goddess, will be our first interview on Wednesday.

Many thanks to all of you who have been following us and joining in our Evolution.

Warm regards,

Malini Singh McDonald, Marketing Director