Tea Time @ Torn Page (435 W 22nd Street) on Dec 14th with two amazing women actors.
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(include your name, preferred email address, & the # of spots you wish to reserve).
Tea Times are a one-of-a-kind Muse pilot program. During Tea Times, veteran actresses (Ms. Cherry & Ms. Sheth) discuss their experiences building their careers. Actresses Kyra Miller and Zainab Musa will be conducting the interviews. A q&a with attendees and tea (and cookies!) and networking to follow. This event is open to all, and it is also a special opportunity for women actors to network with Ms. Cherry & Ms. Sheth, each other, and to seek insight and support. This event will take place at Torn Page (435 W 22nd St, New York) - the historic home of Rip Torn and Geraldine Page.
(l-r): Emmy Award winning actress Erin Cherry, acclaimed actress Sheetal Sheth, and actresses Zainab Musa and Kyra Miller.
12:30pm, December 14th, Torn Page
Emmy Award Winner Erin Cherry received her M.F.A. in acting from Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts. She portrays Brenda on the Emmy Award winning show After Forever (Amazon Prime) and she is the producer and host of Sundays With A Cherry On Top which is a health and lifestyle show on Black Culture (You Tube). Cherry is also a private acting coach and acting teacher at the Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York City. You can find her on twitter @cherryacts and on Instagram @sundayswithacherryontop.
2pm, December 14th, Torn Page
Sheetal Sheth is an acclaimed actress known for her provocative performances in a wide range of memorable roles in film, television, and theater. She has starred in over 20 feature films and many TV shows and has earned a loyal following. Perhaps best known to mainstream film audiences for starring opposite Albert Brooks in Warner Bros’ LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD, Sheetal has become a favorite in the independent film world. She won 3 Best Actress nods in the festival circuit for THE WORLD UNSEEN, 1 for her role in WINGS OF HOPE, and most recently for GRIN. In 2012, fans voted her ‘Favorite Movie Actress’ in AfterEllen’s Visibility Awards. Her latest feature film, HUMMINGBIRD, which she also produced, is in post production. Sheetal has represented such brands as Reebok and CHI hair care. She was also the first Indian American to be featured in Maxim. She regularly speaks on panels and forums internationally and takes an active interest in politics. She served in President Clinton's AmeriCorps and is currently on the advisory board of Equality Now and an ambassador for The Representation Project. Her first children's book, Always Anjali, won the 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Grand Prize and is already in its 2nd printing. www.sheetalsheth.com.
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It is really important to me that the project is female-driven and actor-driven--it feels like it's much closer to the essential nature of theater.
This is a rare opportunity... I love working in this way because we are working outside of the confines of the way the industry often tells us we need to work, and very interesting work is produced when we aren't trying to conform to the typical expectations of what a 'new play' is or what a 'performance' or 'audience relationship' should be.
This way of playmaking reminds me of the heyday of The Group Theatre; how Odets wrote for specific actors in the company. When a playwright is writing specifically to the strengths of an actor, the play fits like a glove. While it's daunting to start with a blank canvas, it's also thrilling to be invested in a project from conception. To be part of a conversation about character arcs, plot points, and the overall 'message' of the play engages every aspect of my creative being. It is very humbling and empowering as a storyteller to be in the room witnessing the 'best idea win.'
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