NCTC Emerging Artists Program is a commissioning residency to develop and produce new work by emerging actors, singers, and writers, to nurture the next generation of theatre artists expanding the canon of queer and allied works.
This program also supports artists long after their residency, where possible. In some instances, NCTC helps make connections to enable the artist’s work to tour, or presents/co-presents future works by Emerging Artist Alumni.
Salome, Dance For Me
Working in collaboration with NCTC Emerging Artist Alum Ben Randle, trixxie carr is writing and developing Salome, Dance For Me, an original glam-rock solo adaptation of Richard Strauss’ opera and Oscar Wilde’s play, Salome.
Musician, faux queen, actress, chanteuse, playwright, and San Francisco native, trixxie carr performs her original music as theatrical pieces at such Bay Area venues as The de Young Museum, CounterPULSE, Supperclub, Folsom Street Fair, and Café Du Nord. In 2012, she starred in Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dionsys: A Greek Comedy Rock Epic co-written with Ben Randle, and featuring original music she composed. From 2006-2010, she was a lead singer for cover band Smash-Up Derby. As a faux queen at Trannyshack and Some Thing, she performs her mix of comedy-burlesque-performance art. Recent credits include Peaches Christ’s Rocky Horror Picture Show and the touring 'All About Evil'; Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge at Magic Theatre; Work MORE! and Unbearable Lightness of Raya Light (both at CounterPULSE).
Evan Johnson developed Pansy, in collaboration with Emerging Artist Alum Ben Randle, over three years in residence in NCTC Emerging Artist Program. Johnson’s background in physical theatre, clowning, performance art and drag influenced a process that included physical movement workshops and on-site writing workshops, both with guest dramaturges.
Director, Designer, Playwright
While in residence for two years in NCTC’s Emerging Artist Program, Ben Randle directed productions of Baptized to the Bone by Dave Johnson, the world premiere of Friends Are Forever by Tom W. Kelly and Doubt by Jon Patrick Shanley (Bay Area Critics Circle Award Nomination, Best Director). In addition, NCTC presented a workshop reading of his play, Rebels, inspired by the film 'Rebel Without A Cause', also directed by Randle. Ben Randle continues to write and direct for NCTC, and now serves as Artistic Associate.
J. Conrad Frank
as Katya Smirnoff-Skyy
Actor, Singer, Playwright
Over the course of a two-year residency, J. Conrad Frank further developed his singing cabaret act as The Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, developing his first full-length cabaret evening. During his residency, Katya starred at NCTC in Katya, From Russia With Love; Katya, A Red Christmas; Katya, What Becomes A Legend Most; and Katya, A Holiday Spectacular. After his residency, J. Conrad Frank has made appearances in NCTC’s mainstage productions, as well as return engagements as Katya at NCTC.
Michael Phillis spent his two-year residency at NCTCdeveloping two original solo plays. The first, D*Face, enjoyed two successful runs, followed by Dolls, both developed with and directed by Andrew Nance. NCTC continues to assist Phillis in his current writing efforts, including producing his one-act play in 2013 Bay One Acts Festival.
Jazz singer Amanda King developed her first full-length cabaret show while in residence at NCTC. After premiering her work at NCTC, she took the show on tour across the country, with runs in San Francisco, New York, and Atlanta. King has since created and toured many more jazz cabaret shows throughout the U.S.
The Emerging Artists Program is supported in part by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation,Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, and NCTC’s Producer’s Circle.
Participation in the NCTC Emerging Artists Program is by invitation only.
To support the Emerging Artists Program or to learn more, please contact Ben Randle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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