Judith Sloan

Judith Sloan

Judith Sloan is an actress, audio artist, writer, radio producer, human rights activist, educator and poet whose work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd. For over twenty years, Sloan has been producing and presenting interdisciplinary works in audio and theater, portraying voices often ignored by the mass media. Recognized for her work with new immigrants and refugees the New York Times described...
Judith Sloan is an actress, audio artist, writer, radio producer, human rights activist, educator and poet whose work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd. For over twenty years, Sloan has been producing and presenting interdisciplinary works in audio and theater, portraying voices often ignored by the mass media. Recognized for her work with new immigrants and refugees the New York Times described her performance of Crossing the BLVD as “a whirlwind tour and love poem of what has often been called the most racially and ethnically diverse county in America.” Her solo performances have been described by the Washington Post and London Stage as “funny, intimate, ironic, sexy and very frightening…” including Denial of the Fittest (nominated for best comedy performance at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival), A Tattle Tale: eyewitness in Mississippi, and YO MISS! Sloan wrote the libretto for 1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America, with music by Frank London and animations by Warren Lehrer, which premiered in April 2012 by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Her work has been produced in theatres and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad including: LaMama E.T.C, The Public Theatre, The Theatre Workshop (Scotland), The Smithsonian Institution, the Market Theatre (Johannesburg), etc. Her commentaries, plays, poetry and documentaries have aired on National Public Radio, New York Public Radio, WBEZ Chicago, PRI, & the BBC. Sloan received a 2013-2014 New York Foundation on the Arts (NYFA) fellowship in Sound/Music, several individual artist grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, and numerous Queens Council on the Arts 2016/2015/2013/2012. Her audio, radio and performance works have won First Place and First Runner up finalist Missouri Review National Audio Competition 2011, 2009, 2008; 2005 BAXten Artist In Progress Award; 2005 Short Doc Competition from the Third Coast International Audio Festival. Along with Warren Lehrer she co-founded EarSay, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to documenting and portraying lives of the uncelebrated. With Lehrer she co-wrote the Crossing the BLVD book (W.W. Norton) about new immigrants and refugees, winner of the 2004 Brendan Gill Prize from the Municipal Art Society of New York; and grants from Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, among others. Sloan is a member of the adjunct faculty at Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU and a member of the Dramatist Guild and the Network of Ensemble Theatres and the Alliance of Resident Theatres, NY (ARTNY). A frequent guest lecturer on college campuses on issues of diversity, human rights, and the arts, Sloan's work has been published by Second Story Press, W.W. Norton, Alternet, and The New York Times. Sloan has been working with immigrant and refugee teenagers, many who come from war-zones, since 1998. Her work with EarSay Youth Voices at the International High School at LaGuardia Community College in Queens garnered her a Partnership in Education Award in June 2009.

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  • The Rug Dealer
    22 Jun. 2016
    Great play!