Judith Sloan is an actor, 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.
1. Can you tell us about your QAF funded project?
1001 Voices: is a multimedia symphonic piece that uses text based on oral history and research about Queens and migration, about displacement and rebuilding a life. I have been interviewing people about issues of housing and gentrification and the nuances of being moved around, but also some elements of what happens when there are positive changes. As one person said "We have higher rents and better food." The material is poetic and musical. The part of 1001 Voices that I am working on is including experimenting with a singer, a dancer, and spoken word.
PERFORMANCE of WORKSHOP LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
Thursday March 17th at 6 pm.
Free and open to the public.
2. How do you think this project will impact the community?
I envision this work being a powerful reflection of the incredibly complex community of first generation, 2nd generation, 1.5 generation immigrants and American-born citizens who are seeking compassion and dialogue in the midst of a sometimes irrational national discussion about immigration, race, housing and education. I think that this work opens a window for those of us who have lived here for many years to embrace a sense of pride and knowledge about co-existence.
3. How has QCA been helpful in the grant process?
The QCA grant is helping to push this work forward! This allows me to build the elements of what I hope will be a full production. The workshop performance gives me an opportunity to listen to the audience.
4. Here is your chance, what do you want everyone to know about you as an artist and your process?
I embrace humor, pain, and a love of the absurd. In my process as an artist I often work on documentary performance, books and audio, but I am more recently taking poetic license and writing librettos and poetic monologues and poetry that transforms into performance. I am also embracing collaboration and technology using music, images, and monologues in live performance.