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.
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 a