Charlotte Booker is an actress/writer/teacher based in New York City, and has been a Secret City fan for years. She appeared on Broadway in both revivals of Garson Kanin’s BORN YESTERDAY, in 1989 with Madeline Kahn and Ed Asner, and in 2011 with Nina Arianda and Robert Sean Leonard. Other New York credits include TEN CHIMNEYS, DEATHBED, FIVE GENOCIDES, FUGUE, PSYCHO BEACH PARTY, and the title role in BITCH!, which she also wrote. Over the last thirty+ years, her numerous regional roles have ranged from Ophelia in HAMLET to Ann Landers in the solo show LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS, at theatres all over the place. She played Honey on the short-lived TV series HI HONEY, I’M HOME, and has made guest appearances on BOARDWALK EMPIRE, LAW AND ORDER CI, THIRD WATCH, NEWSRADIO, MURPHY BROWN, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, and many others. Charlotte co-created and performed in the long-running comedy show CAUSE CELEB! in New York, exploiting her lifelong obsession with autobiographies and reading out loud. She enjoys volunteering for the Andrew Heiskell branch of the New York Public Library audio books studio as a narrator, and has also adapted books for audio. She has taught and coached actors of all ages, in New York and Los Angeles. Charlotte recently appeared in the short film BRAZZAVILLE TEENAGER, directed by and starring Michael Cera, and is in the upcoming Coen Brothers film, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. She sends greetings from Naples, Florida, where she is currently in rehearsal for the new play SOMETHING INTANGIBLE.
Paula D’Alessandris is the Artistic Director/founder of Mind The Gap Theatre in NYC which is dedicated to new British plays. She is also a freelance director primarily focusing on new play development. Paula received the 2013 Mike Ockrent Directing Fellowship. For more information visit www.mindthegaptheatre.com or www.theatredirector.net
Olivia Lane is a doodler, hugger, and health coaching student who shares her enthusiasm for joyful green living at her blog OliviaCleansGreen.com and on Twitter as @itsolivialane. She loves helping to keep The Secret City awesome by working on the website.
My paintings are layers of geometric patterns, stripes and schmears of vivid colors. The built up layers eventually quiet down to create more minimal and subtle paintings. Recently, textile designs by Native American Indians and Bauhaus master Gunta Stolzl have served as spring boards for new paintings. The emphasis is on materials, process and pure visual pleasure. Each painting begins with general motifs and colors in mind but are never fully planned. It’s only through trail and error that the paintings slowly evolve into their own.
Presenting my photographs at Secret City was outstanding and refreshing. The overall experience was so… enriching. It was like a soul recharge in a hectic city crowded with lots of people trying to achieve big dreams but not always connecting in open creative ways. Secret City creates an environment of connection, unity, and enormous JOY. I just felt so great being there and absorbing Chris’ amazing energy as he danced and read and was fabulous. I absolutely loved the reading of the quotes from people’s dream intentions! Plus the singers!
Leah Coloff is a cellist and singer. The New York Times called her performing “a combination of artful angularity and a rock-inflected assertiveness.” Another reviewer said, “She does everything she can think of with that cello, short of setting it on fire.” Leah earned a degree in cello performance from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and did a stint at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Leah has played with Phillip Glass, David Bowie, Patty Smith, Michael Cerveris, Mark Mulcahy, Rufus Wainwright, Linda Thompson, and Trey Anastasio. Her latest record is, This Tree.
Ayun Halliday is the Chief Primatologist of The East Village Inky zine and author of the self-mocking autobiographies No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late, The Big Rumpus Dirty Sugar Cookies: Culinary Observations, Questionable Taste, and Job Hopper. Little children know Ayun as the author of Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo, illustrated by Dan Santat. Teens know her as the author of Peanut, a graphic novel illustrated by Paul Hoppe. And Luddite vagabonds may recognize her as the author of the analog guidebook, The Zinester’s Guide to NYC. Her dream is to play the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet.