Ring of Keys was proud to be featured on Autostraddle last month: 

"Until Beth Malone started giving interviews during the original Broadway run of Fun Home, to outsiders, it might have appeared as though the only queer people in musical theatre were cis men.

Royer Bockus is ready for that stigma to die. A self-proclaimed “musical theatre lesbian,” she, alongside Andrea Prestinario and Holly Marie Dunn have founded Ring of Keys, a “National network of queer women + trans and GNC artists working on and offstage in musical theatre.” The goals of the network are manifold: to create community, serve as a hiring resource, and to diversify the leadership in the musical theatre world."

Read the full article here!


Dance-Theatre Performance Response Against Polarization 

Founded by KEY Kristin Rose Kelly, along with DawN Crandell, and Jeesun Choi: Creative Traffic Flow is a new theatre collective formed to create ensemble-driven performances with queer people of color and women as leaders.  

As the 2018-19 Artists in Residence at the University Settlement, Creative Traffic Flow (CTF) has been developing ‘Duets of Difference’ with community performers from University Settlement programs. Sparked by the current political climate, they have conducted workshops that brought strangers from radically different walks of life together to practice empathetic listening and to resist societal impulse to jump to polarization. The workshops have been bringing strangers, unlike each other in age, identity, faith and culture, who may not get to connect in real life, together to foster a deeper understanding of themselves and each other.  Using theatre and dance as tools, they created space for the exchange of different stories and ideas that may be challenging to share in other contexts. 

About ‘Duets of Difference’
‘Duets of Difference’ is a four-month artist-community workshop which culminates in public performances October 25-29, 2018 at Speyer Hall, University Settlement. 

People Involved: They have selected six community performers, drawn from various University Settlement programs. They have participants from EXCEL Program (which serves young adults with special needs), as well as new immigrants from Adult Literacy Zone, seniors from the 189 Allen Neighborhood Center and queer youth of color from The Door. 

Please consider making a donation to this project to support civil discourse through theatre and dance!
Thanks to the addition of KEY Member Michelle Rios - who splits her time between Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and NYC - Ring of Keys has been elevated to an “international” network!

Isn’t Canada the best?!  Michelle is a performing artist, theatre facilitator, writer, and educator.  Her Broadway credits include Paul Simon and Derek Walcott's The Capeman, and both the Tony Award nominated revivals of The Sound of Music starring Richard Chamberlain and Man of La Mancha starring Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell.  She also appeared  as “Abuela Claudia” opposite Tony and Grammy award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda in the Tony Award Winning Best Musical In the Heights. 

Michelle recently received a Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for the U.S. Spanish Premiere of In the Heights. The production walked away with nine awards, including Best Musical!  

Ms. Rios on the production: "It was a thrill to be part of that production as "Abuela Claudia".  I had played the role of "Abuela Claudia" opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda over ten years ago, so it was great to come full circle with a role that is very near and dear to my heart."   Read more here!
Created by KEY Nikomeh Anderson, the Free The Arts Fest is an immersive artistic, healing, liberatory festival focused on community collaboration, ensemble empowerment, and co-creation in neighborhood parks.

Come connect with community to share in an artistic and mutual healing peer support space, towards liberation and freedom. Freedom to bring in and share whatever material, in whatever medium, freedom to make mistakes, freedom to be your unique whole self and collaborate with like minds. We move our bodies, we sing, chant, make music, we share and write poetry, we tell our stories in a multitude of way towards understanding, skill sharing, playing, co-creating and supporting each other. If you deal with mental health issues, or what society has labeled “mental illness”, or what has also been reclaimed as “madness”, or invisible disabilities, or “Neurodivergence” - having a brain that functions in ways that diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal", than this is a healing justice space for you! This event is open to all ages, bodies, and minds, though we are centering the needs of Black and Brown, Trans and Queer, Neurodivergent / Mad folks. You can learn more about Free The Arts Fest or by emailing

$5-$10 suggested donation; no one will be turned away.

Meet new KEYS! Bring a dish / snack to share!
Fill out postcards to send to potential voters via the ACLU's PEOPLE POWER, a Get-Out-The-Vote initiative! BYOB, please. 

WHEN: Saturday, August 25th at 7pm
WHERE: RoK’s Co-Founder Andrea Prestinario’s Harlem apartment in NYC  


For security reasons, we have not included the address in this invitation; please email us to receive address details.    

NOT IN NEW YORK? There are KEYS all over the country. Want to host your own KEYS MEETUP CHAPTER? Let us know and we’ll help you coordinate your city’s Meetup!
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