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Radio Cabaret is a variety show where radio stories come to life before your eyes. Producers bring the traditions of public radio to the stage through storytelling, musical performance, visual animation, theater and live interviews. Performances range in topic but share a common reference to audio documentary.
This hour unfolds like a living breathing radio magazine with a radio host (disembodied MC) and a variety of acts. This evening will feature the work of public radio journalists Brendan McMullan, Michal Richardson, Alexis Powell, Laura Hadden, Sharon Mashihi, Kaitlin Prest, and Audrey Quinn.Their performances will vary in length from five to fifteen minutes.
A Catholic and a Jew walk into Union Docs. Their task is to once and for all put to rest a long standing controversy: whose religion breeds the most guilt?
Brendan McMullan interns at Radiolab, studies at Brooklyn College, works at a cafe, co-manages an art space in Bushwick and is starting an ice cream business this summer. In his spare time, he sleeps. He aims to tell stories that matter, carefully.
Michal Richardson helps to create educational games by day, but can usually be found working on a calligraphy piece or at folk dancing. She hopes to one day perform a song on her ukulele from atop a unicycle.
Hearsay & Hyperbole (Alexis Powell with collaborators Jessica Asch and Prentiss Benjamin) will explore the world of Customer Service. Who are the people on the other end of the line? Advice Givers, Counselors, Guides, Gatekeepers. Whether we like it or not, they hold our personal stories and secrets and the keys to our well-being. This piece will examine the voices on the other side.
Hearsay & Hyperbole is the video, voice and performance project of Alexis Powell, who is an artist living in Brooklyn, NY.
Ring Tunes explores the ways in which people reclaim their individuality via cell phone ring tones as well as the emotional response that is elicited from the sound that mediates much of our daily communication. This project aims to honor the ring tone as a personal aesthetic choice in a similar vein as “street fashion” that blurs the lines between personal and performative identity.
Laura Hadden is a media artist and documentary producer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently an MFA candidate at Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts program as well as Media Manager at The Moth, a non-profit storytelling organization with a popular podcast and public radio show. Her short collaborative film Matthew 24:14 was the winner of the 2011 International Documentary Challenge. When she’s not producing media, she co-produces United Noshes, a weekly(ish) dinner party celebrating the food and culture of each member of the United Nations.
Amazing Amy – Yoga Contortion Dancer the Amazing Amy takes the stage. Teaming up with sex positive radio collective Audio Smut, she comments on sexuality of the elderly through movement and sound. The Amazing Amy performs all over New York City, and has been featured in music videos, documentaries and has appeared on Law and Order: SVU, Episode – Strange Beauty. Audio Smut is a sex positive documentary audio project and podcast producing monthly works of sexy art.
Radio Cabaret is produced and directed by Sharon Mashihi, Kaitlin Prest, & Audrey Quinn.
Sharon Mashihi is a radio producer and screenwriter. She works regularly with WNYC’s Studio 360 as well as Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. She studied film at New York University and radio documentary at the Salt Institute. Her most recent feature length screenplay is being produced by Killer Films.
Kaitlin Prest is creative director of Audio Smut, a sex positive documentary radio show broadcast on CKUT 90.3fm in Montreal. She was awarded the 2010 National Community Radio Awards’ Outstanding Achievement in Documentary for part of a series exploring the gentrification of Montreal’s Red Light district.
She produces radio drama, sound installation, listening parties and all sorts of other documentary audio experiments. She is currently a collaborative fellow at Union Docs.
Audrey Quinn is a multimedia science journalist in Brooklyn, NY. After getting bitten by a few too many lab mice as a neuroscience researcher, she realized she much preferred talking about science than doing research herself. She’s had the pleasure of working with Radiolab, PRI’s The World, Deutsche Welle Radio, the Distillations podcast, and a number of NPR affiliate stations. She blogs about healthcare for CBS Interactive, and she’s also been a producer for web-based videos.