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In the June issue...

  • Upcoming Workshops 📝
  • Key Spotlight: Ann James 🎭
  • Celebrate Pride with RoK 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️
🏳️‍🌈 Happy Pride Month, Keys! 🏳️‍⚧️

Follow along all month long as we celebrate trans & queer joy across our social media. Keep an eye out as we share some special events, spotlight queer artists, and uplift organizations that are doing the work! 
This month's workshops are all about RESILIENCE. How do we queer female, trans, and nonbinary Musical Theater artists take care of ourselves as we create the best work possible? 
Reducing Stress in Theater Spaces: Intro to the Resilience Toolkit 
led by Key Alison Novelli (they/them/she)

FREE for Keys. $10 for Non-Keys. 
Let’s be honest: creating art is **** stressful! But what if that stress didn’t have to be so draining? 

Enter stage left The Resilience Toolkit! This liberation-based framework helps you understand your stress/relaxation cycle, discern when it’s helping you, and when it’s hurting you, and provides a series of practical tools to shift stress in the moment. Join Certified Resilience Toolkit Facilitator, Alison Novelli for this workshop so you can get back to doing what you love and feel more grounded and yourself.

Fun fact: Resilience can be learned. Are you curious how?
Reserve Your Spot
Alison Novelli|they/them/she is a queer feminist, storyteller, and facilitator. They embody this through intimacy coordination, acting, puppetry, and empowering others. As the founder of Cheek to Cheek Intimacy, Novelli is passionate about decreasing stress and co-creating alchemically resilient artistic spaces. They practice cultural humility and take an intersectional approach to all of their work. Outside of the arts, Novelli is an avid reader (nerd alert), dedicated to collective liberation, and obsessed with all things hamburger. For more on their work and background, visit

More About Alison's Work
The Resilient Audition Brain Training Workshop
led by Key Emilie Leyes (she/they)

FREE for Keys. $10 for Non-Keys.
This session will be recorded, so if you cannot attend but would like the recording, e-mail
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: In this experiential brain training workshop, you will learn a series of powerful mental practices to rewire your relationship with auditions. These tools will help you reduce your audition stress, access more creativity, joy, and fulfillment in your auditions, and give you a framework to prepare for auditions in a way that supports your mental and physical wellbeing. You’ll leave with a Resilient Audition Loga guided visualization to help you prepare for your auditions, and a short meditation to use at the time of your auditions!
Reserve Your Spot
Emilie Leyes (she/they) is a NYC-based actor, singer, and brain training specialist. She helps actors and other high-empathy individuals use neuroscience-based mental practices to change their brain and body’s response to stress, build inner resources, strengthen the creative brain, and support their wellbeing as they work toward goals. She is formally trained in acting and vocal performance, positive neuroplasticity, positive psychology, clinical hypnosis, and is currently on track to receive a graduate degree in Mind Body Medicine, where she is researching the psychophysiology of acting.
More About Emilie's Work
Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement! 👀


🔑 KEY SPOTLIGHT: Ann James 🔑

Huge congrats to our newest Board Member and Key, Ann James (she/they)! Ann was recently honored at the A.R.T./New York 2022 Gala!

You might remember her work partnering with us and directing, Queering the Canon: SONDHEIM at Joe's Pub this past February, but Ann has also done incredible work as a intimacy director—most recently making their debut as the first Black Intimacy Coordinator of Broadway for Antoinette Nwandu’s PASS OVER.

Congrats, Ann and welcome to our Board of Directors!

Learn More About Ann's Work
CONGRATULATIONS to L Morgan Lee, the first openly Trans performer to be nominated for a Tony Award! Lee was nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in A Strange Loop on Broadway.

Celebrate Trans joy with us today, this Sunday at the Tonys, and every day! 
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 Keys.
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