PANDORA SCOOTER is an award-winning playwright and national touring performer. Her latest play, Two Peas in a Pod, was adapted into a screenplay and shot this winter (summer 2021 release). During the pandemic, Pandora wrote a solo show called Cognitive Dissonance: How to Speak to Woke White People, as well as a play response to 'night Mother called Mother's Day. Her play, Masks, was about to be...
PANDORA SCOOTER is an award-winning playwright and national touring performer. Her latest play, Two Peas in a Pod, was adapted into a screenplay and shot this winter (summer 2021 release). During the pandemic, Pandora wrote a solo show called Cognitive Dissonance: How to Speak to Woke White People, as well as a play response to 'night Mother called Mother's Day. Her play, Masks, was about to be produced before March 2020 and is back in pre-production Cedric Hill and To & Fro Productions. In July 2018, she was awarded a residency at Hypatia-in-the-Woods where she wrote and did a reading of SELFISH. In May 2015 she went on a two-month, 30 city tour around the United States during which she performed her show I AM ENOUGH for LGBTQ youth audiences of more than 400. Pandora writes plays, solo shows, musicals and spoken word. She teaches at NYU and co-founded a boutique acting studio called Working Actors Studio with her business partner, Cedric Hill. She is also the founder and director of the BIPOC/Queer playwright's group, ATG PlayLab, now going into it's 2nd year. She resides in NJ with her daughter.
An outspoken advocate for Misfits and Fits of all shapes, colors and sizes, Pandora strives to relay her message of inclusivity and compassion everywhere her words are heard.
Winner of the SpokenKnowledge DNC Contest for her anti-prejudice poem "Other." Cast in reality spoken word television show, RELE. In rotation on Women Of Substance radio. Endorsed by International Folk Poet Alix Olson and hailed as a Spoken Word Rock Star. Pandora Scooter has performed in NYC, Washington DC, Jackson, MS; Richmond, VA; Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Knoxville, Austin, TX; Houston, TX; San Bernadino, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice, San Luis Obispo, Torrence, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, CA; Springfield, MO; New Orleans, LA; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Pittsburgh, PA; Salt Lake City, UT; as well as other cities and throughout the state of New Jersey. For five years, she hosted and curated an edgy, new wave show called HIP HOP: OUT, LOUD & PROUD, which brought together gay and lesbian hip hop artists to perform at New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Writer of twelve one-woman shows, hailed by nytheatre.com as a "masterful entertainer" and by Out in Jersey as "a Force of Nature." Pandora Scooter entertains, inspires and makes people laugh 'til it hurts. Pandora is pro-people, in all their glorious individualizations. Her hilarious spoken-word rhymes and rants thrill and inspire audiences.
She's been compared to Dr. Seuss, Margaret Cho and Ani DiFranco.
Awards. Best Musical, wRETCH (Fresh Fruit Festival). Levin Scholar. John I Bettenbeder Outstanding Performance Award. Tongues of Fire, 1st Place. Commendation from Newark City Assembly. Outstanding Volunteer, Pride Center of New Jersey. First place, Spokenknowledge DNC Contest.
Influences include Paula Vogel, Tony Kushner, Aleshea Harris, Carol Burnett, Eddie Izzard, Margaret Cho, Dr. Seuss, Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner, Ellen Degeneres, Laurie Anderson, Arrested Development, Bertolt Brecht, Tracy Chapman, Caryl Churchill, Ani DiFranco, Maggie Estep!, ICE-T, Quincy Jones, Charlie Mingus, Alanis Morrissette, N.W.A., Suzan Lori Parks, Prince, Reno, and Tennessee Williams.
In her own words:
I believe the world needs as much connection between people as possible. I hope my work will connect with as many outsiders and misfits as possible - and to let them know it's ok to connect with each other. To let them know that it's ok to be everything they are and want to be - in all the complexities and confusions that make life what it is: one big, crazy, beautiful messy love storm. You are Enough. Power to the Peaceful and Love to All...