NYC. Exactly 2 years ago today, we wrapped up The Muse Project's KSR campaign. Almost 200 donors helped us cross the finish line. And SO SO SO many fellow artists bent over backwards to amplify and get the projects of 5 amazing NYC actresses on the stage. I AM AN ARTS WORKER & I SUPPORT ARTS WORKERS.
Arts & Culture adds $877B in value to the economy, employs 5.1M people, and is 4.5% of the GDP. Kirsten Gillibrand Senator Chuck Schumer, Be An #ArtsHero and support the DAWN Act, allocating $43.85B in relief to the Arts. There can be no full American economic recovery without a robust Arts & Culture recovery. Visit BeAnArtsHero.com.
#ArtsWorkersUnite #ArtsHero #SaveTheArts
Online. I've had the pleasure of making some really fun, innovative websites lately. Check them out!
Online. I had the privilege of getting a sneak peek of The Subject last year. The Subject is a thrilling film, making its premiere at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. It’s written by Chisa Hutchinson, a wildly talented playwright and screenwriter, who has contributed work and support to Staging Film. It’s directed by the endlessly perceptive Lanie Zipoy, a longtime Muse advocate and advisor. It stars Emmy Award nominee Aunjanue Ellis and Jason Biggs in completely engrossing performances. It also features Vanessa Aspillaga who was a Muse in 2018! Follow the film on the festival circuit here.
Prior to the June 11th screening, I interviewed director Lanie Zipoy and star Nile Bullock on Zoom/Facebook Live. Check out our conversation below.
Online. Several theater initiatives and/or companies I am affiliated with have issued statements supporting Black Lives Matter. It's not enough by any stretch, and it can feel and look like performative activism; but, then again, I tend to think all activism is performative until it's not. All said, statements are a start and here is the statement we put out from The Muse Project (some language and grammar adjustments continue to be made to this statement since its original publication to more accurately reflect and correct The Muse Project's goals, intentions, and values). It's more glaring than ever that American theater continues to be dominated and led by mostly white (and, of course, cis-male) voices, and this needs to evolve. My plan with The Muse Project has been and is to get the organization into a well oiled place within the next few years, incorporating passing the torch to new, diverse and inclusive actress-leadership. Thanks to all my non-Black friends & colleagues who are standing in solidarity with our Black artists, colleagues, audience members, & advocates. And thank you to all my Black friends and colleagues - who are inspiring artists, activists, & humans. #BlackLivesMatter
Online. I was interviewed by Alan Winson for the podcast series, Hunkered Down. Check it out here.
Jocelyn Suzanne Kuritsky is an actor, theater producer, and "a creative" – who has appeared in over 20 NYC productions and performed in DC at the Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center and Theatre Alliance. She is a three-time Princess Grace Award nominated performer, and co-founder of the Woodshed Collective – an immersive theatre that has won mega awards. Jocelyn is also the creator of The Muse Project, dedicated to empowering women theatre actors. And – by her own description – Jocelyn is a flitting flirt.