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Have you checked out some of the other Directory resources within the arts? Here’s a list of a few, and we’ll be linking to them on our new website as well!

Parity Productions’ Cis Women and TGNC Artists Database

The only organization of its kind to host a free database of cis women and TGNC playwrights, directors, and designers working in professional theatre in New York City.

Maia Directors

For organizations and artists engaging with stories from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA). Performer and designers national database. Created by Kareem Fahmy, Evren Odcikin, Pirronne Yousefzadeh, and Key Megan Sandberg-Zakian.

The T List

Transgender Professionals in Theatre, Film, Television, Music, and New Media. National database created by Shakina Nayfack.

Black Female Theatre Directors

National database created by Jocelyn Bioh.
Keys: we recommend submitting yourself to applicable databases so you are cross-listed in multiple directories!

MARCH NYC KEYS MEETUP:

Engineers Not Found

Engineers Not Found is Running March 21-24.

Devised by Key Kristin Rose Kelly, in collaboration with Honest Accomplice Theatre, is our March meet-up!

ENGINEERS NOT FOUND also features Keys Maggie Keenan-Bolger, Teresa Lotz, Daisy Phillips, Amy Rachael Ackerman, and Jordan Roth Equality Saporta-Ho. This piece combines "documentary theatre, devising, and song to illuminate the experience of women and trans people in Engineering and STEM."

We've got a special KEYS DISCOUNT CODE for $10 tickets: HARLEY

MEETUP

DATE: Friday, March 22nd
8:00pm
THE TANK
312 West 36th Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10018
BUY TICKETS

KEY SPOTLIGHT:

JENN MALEY
For our March KEY Member Corner, we are spotlighting Jenn Maley (they/them), a New York City-based producer, director, consultant, comedian, and writer. They are currently producing two shows that will be running on Broadway this spring: BE MORE CHILL by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, and WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME, written by and starring Heidi Schreck. Other producing projects include the Tony-nominated INDECENT, by Paula Vogel; THE MAD ONES; REUNION ‘69 and ‘85. They were also the Assistant Director for USUAL GIRLS at Roundabout Theatre Company.
How did you initially become a producer?
I was on a student theatre board in college that ran two spaces and produced multiple productions a year. I also did a few internships and entry level positions in general management, associate producing, and marketing. When I first moved to the city, I produced my own productions in festivals, small readings, and just with friends. I did anything I could to get a project I cared about to the next step. I also spent a lot of time producing concerts, which I still do all the time. I love to do casual apartment readings of early stage work. The connections I made working on those projects lead to the ones I work on now.
BE MORE CHILL and WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME are the two Broadway shows you are co-producing this spring. How did you get on board each production and what specifically about these shows appealed to you?
For both shows, I got involved through either an artist working on the show or other producers attached to the show. On What the Constitution Means to Me, I’m working with a fellow Key, Rachel Sussman, which is really exciting for me! Rachel and I teamed up with another producer, Cori Stolbun (my partner on Be More Chill). In both cases, I fell in love with the project at an earlier stage and joined the team as it grew into another phase. I was very drawn to Be More Chill because of the way that it brought so many young people into theatre, the amazing score and orchestrations, and the joy of being different. I saw What the Constitution Means to Me at New York Theatre Workshop and I was blown away by Heidi Schreck. Her storytelling is breathtaking, heartfelt, and inspiring; I knew I had to be involved.

How are you helping to #QueerTheStage as a producer?

Well, all of us Keys are Queering the Stage just by being here and doing the thing! :D

I would hope that I am helping to #QueerTheStage by consistently being a voice behind the table that is advocating for queer voices. I am also consistently trying to find ways to support queer stories and artists. Indecent, Be More Chill, and What the Constitution Means to Me all have queer narratives included in the show. While this may not always be at the center or part of every piece I do, it is important to me as a producer to continue to support projects with these storylines.


I am also starting a consulting group (with some other Keys!) to work with creative teams on gender topics. Many artists are asked to provide these services without payment and I would like to change that. More information to come soon and please be in touch if you would like to be involved!

Who is your mentor?

I am very lucky to consider Daryl Roth my mentor. She trusted me and took a chance on me with Indecent and it truly changed my life. She guided me through a huge jump in my career and has always seen me for me. I always look to the way that she produces with courage and passion.

What is a challenge you face in the industry?

I am still finding my voice and how to advocate for myself in rooms. I find it much easier to fight for others than for myself.

Why did you want to be a Key and be part of this community?

I wanted to find this wonderful group of new collaborators, new friends, and new projects to check out. It’s also been great to point so many people to the website to either become a Key or find someone for their work.

The world still needs to do better not to conflate sex with gender - what are ways Keys can help with this within our industry?

A few quick tips would be:
 
1. Ask for pronouns and share your own.
2. Seek out answers and do research! Look for lists and tips online simply by searching on Google.
3. Advocate for your peers.
4. If you ask people for their time and guidance to support your knowledge on these issues, pay them for their work!
For more information on Key Jenn Maley or their work, visit jennmaley.com.
Do you have work that you want us to showcase? Let us know! Reply to this email, or use the hashtag #ringofkeys on your social media posts so we can know about all the great stuff going on with our Members.
Be sure to check out our growing KEY member directory!
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