Past Performances include.... 

The Wisdom of the Sands

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The Wisdom of the Sands, a new work-in-progress conceived directed & narrated by original Cockette Rumi Missabu aka James Bartlett (The Crystal Ball, Keeping The Tigers Away, The Questioning of John Rykener) as told in dance, music & tribal theatre based on a collection of world fables comes to Judson Arts Wednesdays October 7th featuring Agosto Machado, Fussy Lo Mein, Gladiola Gladrags, Steven Love Menendez, Darcey Leonard, John A. Stevens, Sally BonBon & Alejandro Pagán with Special Guests Mark Golamco, Nicholas Gorham & Jarvis Jun Earnshaw 


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Artists for Justice is a New York City based collective that stages performance protests, often without permission, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Using song, rap, and spoken word to declare Black Lives Matter in public spaces, they force a much needed conversation among their unsuspecting audiences.


Wednesday, August 5th

"Bible Stories" is a comedic musical review of the books of Genesis and Exodus told by God, Jesus, and the the classic biblical characters we all know and love. Life, death, love, lust, betrayal, misogyny, damnation, omnipresent monotheism, seed scattering, it's all in there. Come have fun, bask in the glory of the lord, and maybe even learn something too! (This production has been approved by God. AEA showcase code approval pending.)

Words and Music by Christian Haigis and Wesley Zurick

John Conover
Jenny Founds
Paul Eddy
Nathaniel Janis
Melissa Mahoney
Sydney Matthews
Mclean Peterson
Paul Rescigno
Robbie Resigno
Brent Rose
Hugh Smith
Karsten Otto
Wesley Zurick

Wesley Zurick is a Brooklyn based actor, singer, writer, musician, director and composer. He is a graduate of the Conservatory at the Atlantic Acting School where he also teaches and performs in children's theatre. He has performed in many local and regional productions you haven't heard of and has been producing biblical theatre every summer for the past 5 years.


Anna/Kate are a queer folk-pop band consisting of Anna Gothard--a teacher, solo artist and red-nose clown--and Kate Foster, playwright, activist and jazz singer. Together they perform for theater companies, pop-up performance parties and protests. Their song-cycles have been produced by Culture Project/Women CenterStage Festival, Dixon Place/HOT! Festival, Poetic Theater Productions/Poetic License Festival, and Judson Church/Magic Time and BailOut All-Stars. They have developed original content for FIGMENT Festival, LaMama, American Folk Art Museum, Bowery Poetry Club, the Duplex, and multiple music venues throughout NYC, including Friends & Lovers, Pete's Candy Store, Pianos, Rockwood and Sidewalk. Recently they have been road tripping out of the city to venues in the Berkshires/No. 6 Depot to Syracuse/SubCat Music Studios; and this summer they will be traveling to Bethlehem, PA for Musikfest on August 14th. See or or for more!

Brooklyn­-based SHIRA has shared stages with TuNe YaRdS, Coco Rosie, Mirah, and Andrea Gibson. Her songs have appeared in multiple independent films, NPR and national TV for their “hauntingly gorgeous vocals” and “visceral, tender lyrics.” Drawing comparisons to Annie Lennox and Kate Bush, when asked to describe her sound, SHIRA said: "The ocean tearing away at a cliff. A small gun, but when the trigger is pulled it shoots seaweed, stars, and honey (Autostraddle).”

"Dreamy, vibrant, glitch-glimpse sonic variations...ultra-organic...perplexedly wise... extremely magnetizing experimental pop-soul" (Clickandlistenit)

Tanyamaria is a Brooklyn born; Miami raised aspiring artist and love advocate. She is writer, actor, singer, keeper of sun and all things yellow, savior of stray cats, and proud French fry enthusiast. In 2009, she earned a position on Urban Words 2011 Poetry Slam team which took 2nd place at the Brave New Voices National Poetry Competition. She has performed poetry at venues such as The Apollo, The New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway and The San Francisco Opera House. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting with a concentration in Africana Studies at Brooklyn College, where she recently played ‘Martyr” in the premiere production of Asleep at the Wheel. She is diligently working on her first EP entitled Summer's End.



Wednesday, April 1st


A man falls in love with a woman. He steals her from her much older husband. They escape on the road to discover America. It all goes to shit. He tries to win her back. He may or may not succeed.

You’ve heard this story before, which is why it’s worth hearing again.

"Blood on the Tracks” employs a common approach to adaptation: it looks at a tale that has multiple sources and synthesizes the story's divergent branches into one performance piece. The material, though, is unusual in that it isn’t a legend or history or biblical; instead, it is a single song: Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue.” “Blood on the Tracks,” a theater piece that shares its name with Dylan’s masterpiece album, merges the hundreds of versions of “Tangled Up In Blue” that Bob Dylan has performed since its debut in the 1970s – each of which tells a slightly (or sometimes majorly) different tale - into one narrative that synthesizes the emotional story of the varied iterations.


Alec Sillberblatt (co-writer) is an actor and playwright based in NYC. His full length plays include:Room For One (Workshop Production with Middle Voice Theater Company),Corners (Finalist for Throughline Theater's Playwriting Competition), Norway( Workshopped with Middle Voice Theater Company), The Family House ,Entitled (Strawberry Theater Festival). His one act A Friend was seen as part of Rising Phoenix Rep's Cino Nights. He is the Playwriting Lab Assistant at MCC Theater's Youth Company, and a member of Rattlestick Playwright's Theater's apprentice company The Middle Voice Theater Company.

Steve DiuBaldo (co-writer) is a New York City playwright, screenwriter, and poet. His playwriting has appeared onstage in production, workshops, and readings at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, LABryinth, Cherry Lane, Tisch School of the Arts, Greenwood Cemetery, Loyola Marymount University, the Lyric Theater, Pico Playhouse, and with Rising Phoenix Rep’s “Cino Nights”, among others. His film sketch “Couples Therapy” appeared on the front page of FunnyOrDie and is in distribution with Shorts International. He is a member of the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre apprentice company, “The Middle Voice.” He was a 2014 terraNOVA Collective “Groundbreaker,” a 2014 Ars Nova Playgroup semi-finalist, and was the recipient of the “Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwright Foundation Fellowship” and the “Most Outstanding Playwright Award” at NYU, where he received his MFA in Dramatic Writing in 2013.

Dylan Kammerer (Marc) is a Brooklyn based actor, an associate artist with UglyRhino and frequent collaborator with 7 Stages Shakespeare Company in Portsmouth, NH. Theater: Hamlet (Tarell Alvin McCraney, Dir), Romeo and Juliet (7SS), #nyc (UglyRhino), Witness (Danspace).

Mia Kang was aised in Los Angeles as a commercial actor/model with a passion for musical theatre, Mia graduated in May of 2014 from Bard College at Simon's Rock with a B.A. in Theatre: Performance Creation. Familiar with working on stage, in front of a camera, and behind the mic in a studio, her love for performance has allowed her to travel internationally from LA, to Tokyo, and now New York. She currently resides in Brooklyn where she is always excited to pursue the next artistic adventure. Recent roles include Mindy in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Simon's Rock), and Bunnicula in Bunnicula (The Hangar Theatre).

Chris Wren (Marcus): Originally from Houston, Christopher Wren is a 2008 graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. He is also a professionally trained saxophonist, guitarist, drummer, harmonica player, puppeteer and national touring stand-up comedian. Some favorite theatre credits include the national tour of Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story (Lead Hayrider/Clearlake MC), Iva: The Myth of Tokyo Rose (Clark Lee/William Ince),Aladdin The 3D Musical Adventure (Ali Baba), The Full Monty (Reg Willoughby), The Civil War (Bill), the national tour of Chuckleball (Various Sports Stars) and Fame - The Musical (Goodie). Some favorite film and TV credits includeSubway the Series (Web - David Ho), Dates From Hell (ID - Gilles), Launch Pad (Web - Dispatch Manager), Red Rum (ID - Det. Jeffries), ToyRush (Web - Action Chimp), Dumb Ass the Series (Web - Dumb Ass) and Date N Death (Det. Lambert). He is also a member of the New York based inter-active theatre company Playing With Reality, and can be found doing stand-up comedy all around New York City.

John Michael DiResta (director/co-writer) hails from Lawrence, Massachusetts. His work as a director focuses mostly on new work development, site-responsive theater, community engagement, and theater for social justice. He is particularly interested in the intersection between new work development and theater for social change, and highlights in his work the importance of repositioning audience experience in new plays. John has developed new works with The Public Theater, Labyrinth Theater Company, Rising Phoenix Rep, MCC Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Hangar Theatre, Judson Church, Theater for the New City, Where Eagles Dare Theater, The American Music Theater Project, and Northwestern University’s Master Clash. John has long been a champion of new work from urban voices. Recent credits: Body of Words (Theater for the New City), Oedipus, Hare and Tortoise (Hangar Theatre),The Drunken City (Steppenwolf Garage), Body of Words (Theater for the New City), Long Island Arpeggio (Labyrinth Theatre Co), La Casa De Schwarz (Judson Church), The Memory Tax (Araca Project),Scenes From the Middle Voice and Favorites (Rising Phoenix), Yellowface, Lyle The Crocodile, The Romeo and Juliet Project, The Glass Menagerie, The Normal Heart, Big Questions (Northwestern), A Crack in the Canvas, Bisexuality is for Teenagers, Watching the Thunder (MCC FreshPlay), A Real Boy (Athena Theater), Jump Into The Abscess(Where Eagles Dare), Cuddle Wars (Pillow Talk), Back to Society (Abrons Arts Center). Assistant Director: Ode to Joy (Cherry Lane), Skylight (Court Theater), The Verona Project(AMTP), Judgment Day (Bard Summerscape), Killers and Other Family (Rattlestick Theater). Dramaturge: Fur (Access Theater), The Wild Duck (Bard Summerscape). John produced the MCC Theater Youth Company from 2007-2010, and is a teaching artist and writer.

Wednesday, March 4th 

Give me your tired, your poor,/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...

Emma Lazarus' famous poem, inscribed as a welcome to immigrants on the Statue of Liberty, is the inspiration for the title of our next Food:Soul. BREATHE FREE will use poetry, short plays, devised work and participatory theatre to empower dialogue about immigrant rights and the U.S. deportation crisis. Drawing on Judson Memorial Church's immigrant rights advocacy and Flux's participation in the New Sanctuary movement, BREATHE FREE will wrestle with questions of home, migration, borders and how America's spirit of welcome changes in a time of war. As always, Food:Soul features free food, free theatre and a joyful spirit of community, so please join us on March 4 as together we yearn to BREATHE FREE.

Official RSVP

The BREATHE FREE creative team is: Sol Crespo, Heather Cohn, Emily Hartford, Montserrat Mendez, Anna Rahn, August Schulenburg, Jason Tseng and Christine Zagrobelny.

Participating artists include: Sarah Amandes, Ken Glickfeld, Ivy Hong, Adriana Jones, Daryl Lathon, Carl Li, Moana Love, Collin McConnell, Antonio Minino, Ekwa Msangi, Matthew Murumba, Kyoung Park, Lori E. Parquet, Trevor Salter, Adriana Sananes, Jane Lincoln Taylor, Matthew Trumbull, Chinaza Uche and Stephanie Willing. More participating artists to be announced soon!

Flux's Food:Soul--BREATHE FREE is presented as part of Judson Memorial Church's Bailout Theater.

Wednesday, February 4th

The poetic words of Justin Woo, Caley Vickerman, Nicole Goodwin, Audra Wolowiec, and Sarah Duncan, and the lyrical tunes of Victory Gardens and Sharisse Francisco.


Originally from Normal, Illinois (really), Sarah Duncan now lives in Brooklyn and spends her time arts organizing, planning and performing in poetry and theatre events, writing plays, and singing the anti-capitalist gospel with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. She has performed her work at The Cherry Lane Theatre with the Guerrila Girls, The Living Theatre, the Honey & Poison Salon, LaMaMa Experimental Theatre, with Poetic Theater Company at The Wild Project, Nimba Cafe, The New York Poetry Festival, Silent Barn... and of course, at the wonderful Judson Memorial Church's Bail Out. Her full length play Bees and Lions was produced in 2012 by Sanguine Theater Company -- and this theatre company will be producing the premiere of her play Come Back Up this Summer, 2015. Her ten minute play, Beat Parable, was performed at Baruch Performing Arts Center in 2013 as part of GMHC Aids Walk Fundraising Arts Benefit. Most recently, Sarah completed an artist's residency at Takt Artist-In-Residency program, in Berlin, Germany.

Sharisse Francisco is a Vocalist, Actress, Dancer who is based in Brooklyn, New York. She has always loved experiencing performances in Judson Church. She has admired the beautiful space and how it exudes such a warm sense of community. Sharisse is extremely grateful to perform at Judson as part of this wonderful event. She is currently working on expanding her songwriting, singing in a band for special events around New York City and the Tri-State Area and also performs as back-up singer for the band Kondor, where she met her awesome accompanist/collaborator Aiden Moore. Look out for their upcoming projects and performances!

A child of New York, Victory Gardens grew up at Judson Church and has dreamed of haunting the loft with her music ever since. Come celebrate the release of her debut EP "Bad News" and learn to welcome the good along with it.

Nicole Goodwin is 2013-2014 Queer Art Mentorship Queer Art Fellow for Literature, as well as the and finalist for the Poets House’s 2013 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship Program. Recently, she published the articles “Talking with My Daughter…” and “Why is this Happening in Your Life…” (personal essay/review for award-winning documentary Tough Love) in the New York Times Parents Blog.

Actor and Educator, Caley Vickerman, is the founder of the Guerilla Haiku Movement. The Guerilla Haiku Movement is a Creative Place-making/Public Art Experience that has traveled to over 40 cities nationwide since April 2011, joining communities in spontaneous interaction and dialogue through the succinct and powerful use of haiku. She will share with you her experiences coaxing haiku out of passers-by, share some of the haiku that have been generated by Guerilla Haiku events, and most certainly attempt to get attendees to become Agents of Haiku in their own rights.

Audra Wolowiec is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Through sculpture, installation, text and performance, she makes conceptually driven work with an emphasis on sound and the material qualities of language. Her work has been exhibited at Norte Maar, Reverse, Art in General, The Center for Performance Research, The Poetry Project, and featured in LaVague Journal, Modern Painters and the Brooklyn Rail. Artist residencies include Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Physics Department at the University of Oregon.

Justin Woo is a Chinese-American poet, playwright, DJ, audio engineer, videographer, and photographer. He yells on the internet too much. He's a married dog owner, which means he's finally starting to calm down. He's currently writing a play called Emily Six, about androids, artificial intelligence, and sex, writ small on an American family.

A Night of Music

Wednesday, January 7th 

Naiika is a soulful songstress hailing from Brooklyn, NY. Singing songs and writing music has always been a passion of hers from a very early age. With no formal training to speak of, she honed her gift by moonlighting as a session vocalist and backing vocalist to many of NYC's great bands, conservatories, and non-profits, all while simultaneously fronting her own band. Stylistically, her influences run the gamut from R&B, to folk rock, to pop, and most recently jazz. Currently taking up residence and soaking up the vibrant jazz scene of Harlem, she is working on her first solo project entitled, "Working It Out". Stay up to date with Naiika by following her on Facebook ( ) .

Matthew Cleaver and Jeff Turrentine have been writing music and performing together since the spring of 2014. Cleaver is a writer and performer whose Gay Blues series has raised thousands of dollars for various LGBTQ organizations across the country. Turrentine is an incorrigible yet slow-moving musical thief with extraordinary taste, which is to say that once every six months or so he writes a song that he wouldn't be too embarrassed to play in the presence of Ray Davies, John Prine, Loudon Wainwright or Stephin Merritt, assuming that no members of their respective legal or management teams were in the room and that all recording devices were turned off.

Henry Lee is a Taiwanese-American musician and the current music director at Grace Lutheran Church in Astoria, Queens. While considering the piano and the pipe organ as his main instruments, Henry is also passionate about vocal music and vocal ensembles, such as the choral program he runs at Grace. Besides classical music, he enjoys experimenting with various genres and has a special affinity for African-American spirituals and Gospel music, musical art forms which he studied under the guidance of Dr. Mark Wilson at UC Berkeley. Previous performances in the region include collaborations with Michelle Thompson at Judson, La MaMa, Princeton Seminary, and Shiloh Baptist church in Trenton, NJ.

Little Lord is a Brooklyn-based company that produces vibrantly bawdy, irreverent, intelligent, queer, funny (and often musical) theater. Focusing on offbeat adaptations of classic (or neglected) texts, Little Lord plunders the theatrical canon in order to forge new plays from old parts. Upcoming: BAMBIF*CKER/KAFFEEHAUS at the Brick Theater, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Based on an unlikely duo of works by the Viennese-Jewish author Felix Salten: the pornographic faux memoir "Josefine Mutzenbacher, The Life Story of a Viennese Whore," and his arguably more famous novel "Bambi, A Life in the Woods,” BAMBIF*CKER/KAFFEEHAUS will be a caffeinated ride through coffeehouse culture, the birth of psychoanalysis, political Zionism, persecution complex, sexualized rabbits, the Sound of Music, and everyone’s favorite baby deer.



The music of The Woodshed, Maricia Danielle, and Karl Saint Lucy

Wednesday, November 5th 

The Woodshed is a 4 piece alt-country, indie-folk-rock, americanaramadingdong band out of Brooklyn. They are also the backing band Derdy Nerdz Records label mates Anna/Kate. The band used to be a 2 piece called Into Doubt and then after some shady craigslist exchanges and back alley dealings, they grew in size, changed their name, changed their sound a little bit, revamped existing songs, wrote some new jams and now glow in the dark!

Stay up to date on their happenings at and join their mailing list by emailing

Maricia Danielle is a Singer-Songwriter from Central New York who loves connecting with people at the intersection of intellect, love and art. She pulls from a color palette of sounds and experiences including Jazz, Classical, Folk, R&B & more. Her diligence as a promising young artist led her to earn a Bachelor of Art degree in Voice Performance from Syracuse University, where she studied Opera, and later earned her a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During this time, Ms. Danielle toured nationally each year with the Syracuse University Singers, performing the works of Claude Debussy, Bach, Francis Poulenc and more, and earned the opportunity to perform with many Musical Pioneers at the prestigious Philadelphia International Records. Current projects include working as the Lead Vocalists in the Philly-Based Band, Ode to Omni, and performing her own music regularly for appreciative audiences throughout the Tri-state area. She is also working to release her debut CD entitled, Beautiful Surprise.

Born in St. Louis and raised all over the heartland of the United States, Karl Saint Lucy is a songwriter whose influences are as varied as his experiences. He was conceived the moment Joni Mitchell shared "Free Man in Paris" with David Geffen, and he lost his innocence the moment Rufus Wainwright shared "Dinner at Eight" with his father, Loudon.

And sharing what it's all about for Saint Lucy: his creative process is that of taking personal experiences and serving them up as high art and/or campy trash. He draws heavily from songwriters who arrive at universal truths by going after specifics.

Saint Lucy found his way into songwriting by way of musical theatre; he studied musical theatre composition with Michael John LaChiusa, William Finn, Polly Pen, and other great New York theatre composers through the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch.

What comes out in the work of Karl Saint Lucy is a synthesis of people and places that reveals not only love-hate relationships with genre, approach, and his country of origin; but also a fierce determination to redeem those relationships to better inform the present. He also really loves torch songs.




Eckert+SorensenJolink and Bailout Theater present STUFFED, a free evening of dance and local food Wednesday July 2nd at 7:00pm at Judson Memorial Church in New York City.


Dances by:

Carol Mendes & Artists
David Fishel
Elinor Harrison
Ella Rosewood Dance
Mari Mead Dance Collective
Mary Kate Hartung

STUFFED is a low tech/high visibility performance platform created in response to the financial crisis by providing an evening of free food and performance to the public. The evening begins with a home-cooked meal sourced from local restaurants and Judson Church community members. Once the audience has indulged their bellies they can indulge everything else with a succinct selection of tasty dance entertainment.

The Music of:
Leah Coloff
Raquel Cion (accompanied by Karl Michael Johnson)

Wednesday, June 4th 

Anna/Kate are a folk-pop duo consisting of, well, Anna--a teacher, solo artist and red-nose clown--and Kate, playwright, activist and jazz singer. Together they perform for theater companies, pop-up performance parties and protests. Their song-cycles have been produced by Culture Project/Women CenterStage Festival, Dixon Place, Poetic Theater Productions/Poetic License Festival, and Judson Church/Magic Time and BailOut All-Stars. They have developed original content for Bowery Poetry Club, the Duplex, and multiple music venues throughout NYC. See annakatemusic for more!

Leah Coloff melds her own style of vocalization and virtuosic cello playing into what the New York Times calls "a combination of artful angularity and rock inflected assertiveness". Whether using only cello and vocals, or bolstered by drums, and/or other instruments, Leah's songs swim up and downstream with the greatest of ease. Her unusual arrangements illustrate a truly singular voice: one that is at once honest, sensual, funny, brutal, pissed-off, and down right loopy. She is a seasoned performer who understands both chaos and control. Her songs stretch tall like pines dark with sweet prickly needles. They are stark, beautiful and chilly sweet. They will haunt the listener like burnt petal lost in love streams. Leah is the cellist for The Scorchio String Quartet, and adds her cello and voice to Ted Hearne’s modern classical/rock ensemble, Delusion Story. She is also a regular collaborator/performer at the Obie Award winning, The Secret City.

Hailed by The New York Times as “half witch and half cabaret performer,” Raquel Cion has performed extensively in NYC, Paris and the Bay Area. Recent projects include: Kim Katzberg’s DARKLING (Director) -IRT Theater, CATCH Performance Series; Nora Woolley’s Hip(Director), IRT Theater; Gilding the Lonely: An Evening of Cabaret (Writer/Performer)-Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place. She is a founding member of NYC’s Eat a Radish Productions and performs monthly with the Obie Award winning The Secret City.

Karl Michael Johnson is an Astoria-based singer-songwriter and composer-lyricist. He is a graduate of the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and performs his own songs under the name Karl Saint Lucy. He wrote CLASS, a musical, with playwright-lyricist Maria Alexandria Beech, and songs from his song cycle, LA HORA PERDIDA: SONGS FOR RENNO can be heard at karlsaintlucy .

Judson Wednesdays presents:
a Bailout happening, featuring STUFFED 11: Dinner & Dance, with the choreographic stylings of Mary Ellen Beaudreau, Sydney Schiff, Lisa Kusanagi, Meghan Frederick and Jennifer Bennett

A Night of Music 


Abhay Singh & Friends was formed in Autumn 2011 when, while attending grad school to study theology after a bad breakup, Abhay Singh rounded up musicians to perform songs that allegorically related the Bible to his experiences of heartbreak and finding new love. The band performs Roots Rock and Doo-Wop music influenced by Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison, and Leonard Cohen. Inspired by the song structures and emotional candidness of contemporary pop music and club music, over the holidays Abhay and his musician friends recorded an 8-song album of folk, klezmer, and doo-wop music, prominently featuring harmonium, an instrument popular in the music of the Indian subcontinent.

Harmonium Songs
Full-band Rock Songs 

Hailing from Pennington, New Jersey, James Panther has been unwaveringly dedicated to making music since 11 years old when he joined the American Boychoir in 1996. Fast forward to now-- Panther is a piano player, pop/rock/soul singer, songwriter, and producer with a dynamic, haunting and powerful voice. His songs and performances are both intimate and high energy: uncompromisingly honest accounts of personal experience and hooky self-empowerment anthems with driving beats and unforgettable pop melodies.

After years of classical/choral training and various leading roles in musical theatre productions, Panther went to study songwriting at Boston's Berklee College of Music, and made 2 albums under the name Jamie Treadwell, playing extensively in Boston and Cambridge. Deeply driven to create a unique sound and find his authentic voice, Panther left Berklee to develop artistically in radical queer artistic communities in New York, San Francisco, and Portland, OR. In addition to performing in major cities, Panther spent months at a time creatively developing in rural radical queer sanctuaries and gatherings in the pacific northwest and Tennessee, as well as in spiritual ceremonies of Native American tradition. Panther's debut EP weaves together his urban sensibility and his extensive experience as a rurally dwelling gypsy traveller and lover of nature and progressive community.

He proudly and passionately stands for truth, self-respect, self-empowerment, the health and wellness of queer communities, and creating a safer world for young queer kids to grow up.

Joe McCarthy is a singer-songwriter of brooklyn bands Senators, Abhay Singh & Friends, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, and Youth and the Drug Explosion. He has been playing music in New York City for 7 years. Tonight he will be playing original songs on guitar and piano without accompaniment. [Check out his music.]


A Night of Music

Featuring Victory Gardens

Wednesday, March 5 

Victory Gardens 


is a songwriter, letterpress artist and organizer living in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Virigina where she grew up singing jazz in her father’s restaurant, she integrates roots music, folk and pop elements into a powerful yet delicate sound. For the past 10 years she has made her way around the USA, and it's time for her biggest journey yet: her Debut Album "I'm One Too"! Come hear some of the songs that will be on her upcoming album, and ask her about letterpressing your next project!

marianne rendon

originally a classical pianist, marianne has been playing music all her life.

at bard college, she began collaborating with ian turner in their band, Great Pyranese, where they played in small bars and busked in subways. she continued to create an all-women country band called She Rose in 2011.

marianne now plays independently while studying for her MFA at The Juilliard School's Drama Division.

marianne is also a performance artist and dancer. big kiss to tory for all her victories and magical gardens.  

David Moore - sometimes a classical pianist/leader of ambient band Bing & Ruth, sometimes a banjo-pickin rocker in Langhorne Slim & The Law, whichever one of David Moore's alter egos performs, it's sure to be a sight.



Eyes of Mandela Tour

Featuring Felipe Fournier, percussionist and Manny Davis, dancer.

February 5th 

LUMINOSA PROJECT is the subversive classically trained duo of Bolivian soprano Gian-Carla Tisera and Burmese-American pianist A.J. Khaw. Music from all corners of the world steeped in the veins of jazz, folk, experimental music, poetry and sociopolitical commentary. Their melodies emerge from every corner of the globe -- from folk tunes heard in the poorest slums to the soaring arias of bygone eras. Luminosa Project often infuses traditional and nontraditional music with socio-political themes that draw on their mutual identification with the plight of the third world. Luminosa Project strives to collaborate with special guest artists, including jazz, classical, world music musicians, actors, spoken word and visual artists.

Commander Squish

Sunday, January 5th 

Sarah The Witch marries the brave knight Commander Squish in this campy 1996 musical by Nate Weida. Directed by Andrew Neisler.

Starring : Jessica Frey, Aaron Phillips, John Bennett, Ronald Peet, Emil McGloin, Jonathan Levy, Alex Fast, Preston Martin, Cyndi Perczek, and Molly McAdoo

...this version is freely adapted from the 1996 version presented at Carrboro ArtsCenter by Nate Weida and Christopher Allen.

Presented at Judson's Bailout. Free Food / Free Show

Commander Squish is the Inaugural Musical for this year's FED/UP series.





Understand Our Ground

Wednesday, November 6

Food:Soul is Flux’s potluck play reading series, where we combine the community-building of sharing a meal with an extreme-staged reading of a play we’re passionate about.

On Wednesday, November 6, Food:Soul–Understand Our Ground, will be held at Judson Memorial Church in conjunction with their Bailout Theatre event. Food will be served at 7:15pm and scenes will begin at 7:45pm with the scenes and conversation coming to a close around 9:30pm.

This Food:Soul will be a little different: rather than working with a single script, we’ll be collaborating with playwrights, choreographers, poets and other artists to develop artistic responses to the Trayvon Martin murder, trial and the diverse cultural reactions that followed. Through this specific lens, the work created will engage with questions of race, gun violence, masculinity, our justice system and more. After each artistic response, there will be an opportunity for small-group conversation. We will be encouraging a diversity of responses and differences of opinion, with the goal of creating a safe space for people to engage with each other through curiosity and compassion instead of judgement.

Contributors: Aziza Barnes, Becky Byers, Heather Cohn, Sol Crespo, Shaun B. F., Aizzah Fatima, Emily Hartford, Rachael Hip-Flores, Aja Houston, Kayhan Irani, Alex Johnson, Brian Jones, Kelly O’Donnell, Rocio Mendez, Mike Mihm, Joseph Merlo III, Stephen Conrad Moore, Lori E. Parquet, Chester Poon, Anna Rahn, August Schulenburg, Jennifer Tsay, Matthew Trumbull, Chinaza Uche, Alex Ustach, Lauren Williams, Anthony Wills Jr., Jodi Witherell

Stay tuned as we announce more contributors, partner organizations, programming and more!

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A Night of Music

Wednesday, October 2  

For Alex Mallett, a love of storytelling and folk music began with his father. Enchanted by stories of ghosts, lost loves and generations past, Alex picked up the banjo at the age of nine. As a teenager, he experimented with electrified instruments and studied jazz and classical bass in Montreal. He played cocktail gigs and in indie rock bands but it was the spirit of the stories his father told that brought him back to the banjo to write his own songs-- Songs that edge toward bluegrass. Songs that are candid and witty, with bittersweet punch lines that expound on personal mysteries, or simply make you want to sing along (and audiences often do.)

Keith Lisy taught himself to play guitar in junior high school and played his second self-composed song at his high school talent show and really misses top 40 radio. He has worked with Eric Ivan , Andrew MacIntyre and others. He has self recorded over a hundred of originals in all genres of pop and hip hop. "If Music is the food of love, I'm stuffed ..." My special needs is to have the people sing along.

Tony Perry is happy to pick up his guitar once again. He's a singer, songwriter, actor and former journalist from Pennsylvania who moved to pursue a life as an actor. He's been seen on the New York stage in the US premiere of Murray Schisgal’s “74 Georgia Ave.,” which was performed in English and Yiddish; in Leslie Lee and Charles Strouse's Martin: A New Musical; and in the New York stage premiere of Repo: The Genetic Opera among other productions. Most recently, he appeared in the Judson Arts production of The Bonus Army. Regionally, he's appeared in such shows as Five Guys Named Moe, Ain’t Misbehavin, The Rocky Horror Show, Me and My Girl, and Big River. He traveled the northeast as a singer-songwriter, both as a solo act and with his former band Tony Perry 3, opening for the likes of Janis Ian and John Scofield. He has three CDs available at and iTunes, two with his former band and a solo Christmas disc.

A Night of Poetry

Wednesday, September 4th

Performers include:
Sarah M. Duncan
Anna Gothard
Ishmael Islam
Kerry Warren
Dylan Debelis
Justin Woo

Curated by Sarah M. Duncan

Sarah M. Duncan
Sarah M. Duncan, now a Brooklyn resident, grew up in (no joke you guys) Normal, Illinois. After getting a degree in theatre and traveling around New Zealand for 12 months, Sarah moved to NYC to follow in the footsteps of the poor and the creative. These days Sarah 1. works with The Possibility Project creating life story inspired musicals with teens in foster care 2. spills coffee occasionally all over the kitchen floor, like she did this morning 3. plans arts and occupy/activist events on the regular 4. performs her poetry and writes plays on the regular 4.5 cleans and babysits for a few of the congregants at her church for extra cash and 5. uses the phrase "on the regular" twice in a poetry bio.

Ishmael Islam
Ish raps, writes, and makes things. Not always in that order. He's the 2012 NYC Youth Poet Laureate, a Brooklynite to the bone, and more importantly a good listener.

Kerry Warren
Kerry Warren, an actress and poet, was recently awarded the Joseph W. Polisi Prize upon graduation for her BFA in Drama at the Juilliard School. She has a strong interest in teaching and participated in many outreach projects throughout her training at Juilliard including Rayos de Cancion in Antigua, Guatemala; the New Orleans Project; and Project Maru-A-Pula in Botswana. She also was a fellow in the Arts Enrichment Program though
Juilliard working in the Bronx with Hunts Point Alliance co teaching drama; with Harlem School of the Arts; and AMAS Musical Theater. Her performances at The Juilliard School include: Mariana in Pericles directed by Orlando Pabotoy; Opal in Stephen Belber's McRelle; Annabel in Mike Lew's Bike America; Nia in an independent project of In the Continuum by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter directed by Awoye Timpo; Becca inTrust by Steven Deitz; Bianca in Taming of the Shrew; Viola in Twelfth Night; Juilliard's Martin Luther King Celebration; and The Vagina Monologues.

Dylan Debelis
Dylan D. Debelis is a spoken word/SLAM poet from Portland, OR currently living and performing in NYC. He has performed his poetry globally, being featured in venues throughout India, Tanzania, Mexico, New York City, Portland, and other smaller venues within the United States. Currently touring at churches and Universities in the Northeast US, Dylan focuses his poetry on exploring how to find the god and beauty in every piece of the world. In using a faith-based perspective not rooted in any particular faith Dylan weaves grotesque worlds, loving embraces, and an off-kilter wit to lead the audience in a very unorthodox prayer. If you enjoy Dylan's set and would like more information he would like you to know that you should feel free to leave a LIKE at

Anna Gothard
Anna Gothard is a singer, songwriter, actor, pre-school teacher and life explorer based in Brooklyn, NY. She feels grateful to have performed her original music at venues such as Dixon Place, Sidewalk Cafe, Wild Project, Culture Project w/ Women Center Stage Featival and is happy to return to Judson Church. Recently she formed her queer folk-pop duo, Anna/Kate, with Kate Foster. She holds her degree in Theatre and Music from Muhlenberg College and Academia dell’Arte.

Justin Woo
Justin Woo is a Rutgers graduate, Jersey City resident, and Chinese-American poet, theatre artist, and DJ. He has performed at universities, theaters, and slam venues in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire including the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival and the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre.

He was a member of the 2011 and 2012 JC Slam team, and is a slam committee member and resident DJ at JC Slam.

He has collaboratively created several multidisciplinary spoken word theatre pieces. He is currently writing “System Failure,” a science fiction play.

His goal is to encourage positive social and political change through the creation and performance of startling, extraordinary poetry and theatre.

A Night of Music

Wednesday, August 7

  • Michelle Thompson & Henry Lee
  • Jeff Turrentine
  • Anna/Kate
  • Sara Banleigh


Anna/Kate are a queer folk-pop duo. Anna is a solo artist and clown. Kate is a playwright, activist and jazz singer. Together, they perform for theater companies, pop-up performance parties, protests. They have performed with Poetic Theater Productions, Culture Project, Judson Church's Bailout and MagicTime. Upcoming performances include August 16 @ 8, a Benefit for the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, and September 21 @ 7:30, Dixon Place.

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Jeff Turrentine
Growing up in Texas, Jeff Turrentine listened to little else but Lou Reed and dreamed of little else but moving to New York. Upon moving to New York, he was surprised to find himself listening to little else but Townes Van Zandt and dreaming of little else but Texas sunsets. Though he prefers to define the term amateur musician as "someone who performs out of pure, holy, incorruptible love" rather than "someone who has never made so much a single dime from performing," the truth is that, in his case, either definition applies. He sublimates his frustration at not playing a more pivotal role in American culture by frequently, and haughtily, criticizing the cultural contributions of others in publications like Slate, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.


Henry Lee
Henry Lee grew up playing classical piano, picked up some chords and improvisation on the way, and double majored in music at UC Berkeley. While at Berkeley, he studied Gospel music with Dr. Mark Wilson, Director of the UC Berkeley Gospel Chorus, and was the Teaching Assistant of the Chorus for a year. Sacred music has been a passion of Henry, having worked as the Music Director at Berkeley Chinese Community Church and now as the Organist at Grace Lutheran Church in Astoria, Queens.

Michelle Thompson
Named after the Beatles song “Michelle,” by her father, a music enthusiast who immersed her in jazz, folk and R&B recordings, and she grew up in a home with a very religious Jamaican mother, who began taking her to church since she was 2 weeks old. Michelle has walked with a growing suspicion that even as a child she was being groomed to have her feet walk in both artistic spaces and serving others through public ministry.

Now nearing the completion of her Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Michelle hopes to journey on a path where her love for the arts-- namely singing/songwriting--activism, and public ministry can converge. She is currently a Community Minister at Judson, and loves supporting Magic Time and Bailout Theater.
Michelle and Henry met at Judson Church. In February 2013, they collaborated on the music for James Weldon Johnson’s “God’s Trombone: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse,” a play presented by the Association of Black Seminarians at Princeton Seminary. The outcome not only set the tone and atmosphere for the play, it also inspired the two to continue their musical collaboration.

Sara Banleigh
Sara Banleigh never dreamed she’d grow up to be a folk musician. An astronaut, or President of the United States, perhaps, but a folk musician? Now that’s a ship she didn’t even know was taking tickets. As a songwriter, Sara is influenced by a wide range of artists, from Hank Williams, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell to Chekhov and Zola. Her songs deal with friendships won and lost, the wicked passage of time, and the devastation of true love. She even has one song that, she says, is “about everything.” Sara has one or two happy songs. She has performed as a singer and pianist at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Her original arrangements of traditional Celtic folk tunes have been published in Sing Out! Magazine and have received praise from both fans and reviewers.
(w/ Jonny Goodman on guitar and Ethan Joseph on Violin)

The Housing Circus

Wednesday June 5th

  • Doors open at 7 pm
  • Free dinner at 7:30 pm
  • Free performance at 8:00 pm

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC uses the Forum Theatre methodology, created by Brazilian director Augusto Boal, to theatrically problem-solve using the collective wisdom of audience members, or "spect-actors." Concrete Justice, TONYC's longest-running ensemble of New Yorkers with experience of homelessness, tackles the housing system in this wacky, complex and touching circus, based on the actors' own experiences. Since 2010, Concrete Justice has been creating solidarity onstage, in order to challenge systems of oppression within workplaces, shelters and the healthcare system.

An Evening of Live Music

A recent transplant to New York, AbaKis is a cultural trickster, survivalist, and jill of all trades. Her complex lyricism evokes a melodic intimacy, "the delicacy of a blooming flower, the momentum of a moving train". Her influences range from hip hop and electronica to blues, jazz, and soul, creating an integration of old and new sounds that will keep your ears thirsty. Drink up! or

John Bennett
John Bennett would like to thank Micah, Nate, and the rest of the Judson family for the opportunity to play in the coziest balcony the town has ever known. As vicious on the mic as he is on the grill, you may recognize John from Great Dog Almighty, Night Urges, or Harlem's Finest. Special thanks to Flannery, who makes his fingers dance.

Mark Oaks (From the band Into Doubt)
Mark Oaks is from the Brooklyn based band Into Doubt. Into Doubt normally consists of Mark and his cousin Kelly House - a couple of Brooklyn boys who love music, whiskey and nonsense. Unfortunately Kelly broke himself good and Mark is flying solo for a while. Mark is from all over and has dabbled in many sounds but has made Brooklyn his home and settled on a indie-folk/alt-country/acoustic rock sound. The themes of his music vary from love to politics to smart-ass shenanigans. You can check out Into Doubt's music and happenings at

Wednesday, March 6th

Performances by:

Sarah M. Duncan
Kate Foster
Caiti Lattimer
Siobhan O'Loughlin
Anna Gothard
Teniece Divya Johnson
Ish Islam
And more...

The Music of Nate Weida, Emil McGloin, and Baby Copperhead


RescYou is a new evening-length duet by Eckert+SorensenJolink that centers on the relationship of two friends before and after a disaster that leaves them stranded on an emergency life raft. It is a dance heavy, non linear tale of people who have each other and nothing else.

In RescYou, Eckert+SorensenJolink transforms the historic sanctuary of Judson Memorial Church into a vast ocean in which time, memories, and daily life cease to exist as they once did.


Creighton Irons is a composer/lyricist and teaching artist from NC. His musicals include Soul Notes, Factory Girls, Homefront, and current projects "The Moon and the Sea" and "Beartooth Wilderness."

Sarah Goldfeather is a Minnesota-born, Brooklyn-based violinist and vocalist whose diverse activities range from solo, orchestral and chamber music to performing with indie, folk, and bluegrass groups.

An honors graduate of Vassar College, Sarah has performed as orchestral musician with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, The Handel Festival Orchestra, the Trinity Wall Street Novus Orchestra, the New York Repertory Orchestra, the Northern Dutchess County Orchestra, and the Vassar College Orchestra (where she was concertmaster for 3 years), among others. Sarah is also active as a chamber musician, and has performed throughout the US and Europe, featured at Culturefix, the IES Abroad Music Program in Vienna, at Killington Music Festival, at the Artaria Chamber Music School, and the Madeline Island Music Center. As a soloist, Sarah has put on recitals at South Oxford Space and Vassar College, been twice featured with the Vassar Orchestra, performing the Lalo Symphony Espagnole and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Sarah has received scholarships from Vassar College and the Eastern Music Festival.

In addition to classical music, Sarah is also an active bluegrass and folk musician. She composes songs, sings and fiddles in her band (Sarah Goldfeather), is the violinist and vocalist for the New York-based Great Dog Almighty, plays violin for the Mixtape Cover Band, and plays and sings in the Northfield, MN based Sideporch Trio. She has performed recently at Barbes, Judson Memorial Church, the Mercury Lounge, the Knitting Factory, Pete's Candy Store and others. In addition she has performed in the ensemble for the Atlantic Theater Company, and has worked at as a studio musician for singer/songwriter Meredith Fierke and the filmWelcome to Harlem.

In addition to her active performing life, Sarah has taught violin and music history at Vassar College, assisted research with the International Gustav Mahler Society in Vienna. She is currently on the strings faculty at the Brooklyn Waldorf School, Brooklyn Conservatory, and maintains an active private violin studio in her home in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

Sarah will play her original music, joined by Benjamin Lee banjo, Mary Beth Alexander voice and baritone ukelele, and Jonathan Harris voice and double bass.

Grace House
The band Grace House has been in the making for a while (though neither member will admit how old they really are). Andy Frantz (guitar, voice) and Tory Giardina (voice,maracas) met long ago and after a decade of encouragement, finally decided to form an official band. They are just tickled to be making their debut as a duo at Judson, the birthplace of their meeting and their music. They sincerely hope you will sing along.

Amazing Amy (Harlib) is 57 years young, and has spent a life time studying various forms of movement and physical theater.

She became attracted to Chinese martial arts, acrobatics and Yoga in the early 1980s, and parlayed that into a solo performance career that took her to Taiwan, and back to her native NYC environs to perform in a wide variety of venues.

In 1994, injuries forced her to retire with a disintegrated disc in her spine, torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders, and arthritis that necessitated a total left hip replacement in 1998.

All that time Amy never stopped her Yoga, and so hated not performing that she used her extreme flexibility and zany imagination to re-launch her career in March 2009.

Amazing Amy is the ONLY Contortionist in the world who has created Yoga Contortion Dance acts with special themes and characters, in any style for any occasion, and offers a large repertoire (all acts run approx. 6-8 minutes in length).

She also offers CONTORTION DANCE IMPROVISATIONAL JAMMING to any genre of music live or recorded! I fearlessly perform with music or musicians and on the spot, in the moment, flexibly freestyle improvise to ideally 7-8 minutes or more of music.

Already The Amazing Amy has appeared at the Downtown Clown Revue; The Bindlestiff Family Circus Open Variety Show at the Galapagos Arts Space; The Lava Dance Co. Night of Renegades Variety Show; Big Sky Works, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Cirque Off! at Triskelion Arts Space, Brooklyn; The House of Yes, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Dixon Place, NYC; and The Gong Show Live! at B. B. King's, NYC.

Amazing Amy lives to perform and performs to live and always seeks more performances. Please contact her at and find her by Googling Amazing Amy Yoga.


Byuioo - By Nate Weida

Wednesday, November 7th ~ 7pm doors ~ 7:30 dinner ~ 8pm performance
Thursday, November 8th     ~ 8pm performance
Saturday, November 10th   ~ 9pm performance

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Byuioo is a soulful funk-rock musical about finding the beauty in that which might first appear confusing, or frightening, or ugly. In this wild and inspiring allegory, a mute, green, mutant baby, Mogo, is rescued by a pack of open-minded street performers, who embrace him, and raise him as their own. Under their care and tutelage, Mogo learns to live and love and celebrate his individuality. As Mogo becomes a man and leaves the safety of the nest, he'll discover if his self-assertion is enough to protect him, or if the forces of intolerance will condemn him to a life of persecution. Byuioo is told entirely in a poetically-constructed, English-evocative gibberish langauge, which, via its own construction, will reveal to the audience the beauty in that which, at first, is hard to understand. 

Directed By Isaac Klein
Choreographed by Jonathan Windham
Associate Directed by Harry Poster
Music Direction by Nate Weida

Starring - John Bennett, Dave Brown, Matthew Coyle, Dia Dearstyne, Chris French, Jessica Frey, Danielle Gaines, Larry Ray, Ravi Roth, Stacy Salvette, Arielle Siegel, Sarah VonFossen, Trevor Vaughn

Music Performed by Emil McGloin, Adam Miller, Sam Shaw, and Nate Weida


The Park Bench Prophet: Beggar with a Cause

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC presents Concrete Justice in

The Park Bench Prophet: Beggar with a Cause

The story of a homeless prophet, a modern-day Cassandra ignored by his fellow New Yorkers, told through interactive theatre, puppetry and poems. Created and performed by the Concrete Justice troupe, based on the real-life experiences of the ensemble. 

For more info: email katy (at) 



Bay area exper­i­men­tal sam­pler Kelly Keli­her takes a scenic route on her jour­ney back to New York as she presents brand new songs with a new arrange­ment: piano and vocals. Putting aside the heavy rhyth­mic loops and sam­ple bits, Keli­her devel­ops new songs instead from lyric dri­ven melody and wan­der­ing piano inter­ludes. The inno­v­a­tive har­monies and dis­so­nances, and the pur­pose­ful play between noise and clar­ity (all char­ac­ter­is­tic of Keliher’s pre­vi­ous work as Native/naïve) here pro­vide the sup­port for a more pop influ­enced set.

Check out her website here. Listen to Kelly's unique approach to music: 





The Garden
Choreography: Lane Gifford in collaboration with performers.
Performers: Billy Blanken, Laurena Santos, Dave Scarantino, Sarah Stanley, Nicole von Arx, Travis Waldschmidt


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