REAL TALK / KIP TALK (World Premiere)

75 minutes / English, Italian & French / Suitable for 12 years and up

REAL TALK / KIP TALK is a series of live talk shows about the state of contemporary performance in New York City, hosted by Kippy Winston, media mogul, internet sensation, and citizen of the world. Since Kippy’s weblog took flight in 2008, Kippy’s larger-than-life persona and cottage industry empire has grown to encompass Kippy Winston Media, a boutique PR firm servicing all things theatrical; The Radish, a semi-autumnal gossip rag; Just Ask Kippy, a brief yet potent advice column; and an active social media presence. Formatted like a talk show but with room for debate, REAL TALK / KIP TALK blurs the lines between art and life and challenges participants of all stripes and creeds to engage in real talk about our starry performance landscape.

Kippy Winston’s web log began in 2008, but her peripatetic life started long, long ago. A citizen of the world, Kippy is not only a tastemaker, but also a mover and shaker and an ardent supporter of the performing arts, or quite simply “the field.” Linguist and lover of culture, Kippy’s musings on art, life, and la cultura take on unique forms all their own. She is an Andy Rooney of the PoMo age, a Gadfly of the Gilded era, a Muckraker with the Mostess. Journalism meets hedonism in Winston’s word play(s). [wink!] “Hey world. Here I am. Kippy Winston and loving life.”

“She’s this generation’s answer to Amy Sedaris: frank, weird and immensely likable.” – Time Out NY

Kippy’s work has been seen / experienced at PRELUDE 2013 ad 2014 with her gossip rag The Radish.

These performance were preceded by a December 2016 and February 2017 performance.

Panelists

RISA SHOUP
Risa Shoup is the Executive Director of Spaceworks. Previously, Risa was the Executive Director of FABnyc, the producer of artWork. Risa has worked as an administrator, curator and leader in the NYC arts community since 2005. In addition to extensive consulting work on the intrinsic and instrumental impact of the arts on community development, Risa is a consultant on CreateNYC, NYC’s first-ever cultural plan, developed in concert between a team of consultants lead by Hester Street Collaborative and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Risa studied City & Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and is on the board of The Invisible Dog Art Center.

GEOFFREY JACKSON SCOTT
Geoffrey Jackson Scott is a Brooklyn-based creative producer, independent curator, engagement strategist, and cultural organizer. With more than a decade in the arts and cultural sectors, Jackson Scott’s work centers around cultural equity and inclusion. He consults as Director, Community Engagement at Museum of the Moving Image and is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Peoplmovr, a communications and engagement strategy practice. Recent work as co-founder and creative director of Peoplmovr includes: Sundance Institute Theatre Program, The Public Theater, The Play Company, Ars Nova, and Weeksville Heritage Center.

STARR BUSBY
Starr Busby is an international performing, recording and teaching artist. She began her career at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX and then went on to earn a bachelor of music and certificate in music theatre from Northwestern University. “Starr Busby has this beautiful voice which brings a distinctive new vocal quality to the sort of layering techniques made popular by tUnE-yArDs and Kimbra.” – Soundfly. Recent credits include: Moby Dick (workshop, Berkeley Repertory Theatre) Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+EvolutionMikrokosmos (Steirischer Herbst, Graz); The Girl with the Incredible Feeling (Spoleto Festival di Mondi); The Offending Gesture (The Tank, Flint and Tender Series); La Mama Cantata (La Mama E.T.C., international tour) as well as various concerts and solo shows. She often performs with experimental soul band People’s Champs (www.peopleschampsnyc.com). Recently she released the song and video “Ms Bland”, a tribute to Sandra Bland and all other lives lost to police brutality. Her music is available via Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

SHEETAL PRAJAPATI
Sheetal Prajapati is Director of Public Engagement at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook Brooklyn. She previously held programming positions in the department of education at The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. From 2014-2016, Sheetal co-organized Open Engagement, an international conference on art and social practice. Currently, she is adjunct faculty at Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia); co-curator of GAME NIGHT (New York), a series of public events presenting artist-made games for play; and a 2017 Artist and Community Council member for The Laundromat Project, a community-based arts organization in Harlem. Sheetal has spoken and advised on topics including art education, social practice, and public engagement at institutions ranging from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Museo Jumex (Mexico), and Museum of Fine Arts Houston to Creative Time (New York) and the Magnum Foundation (New York) amongst others. She received her BA from Northwestern University and her MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.