TRANS Formative - Songs That Propel Us
Voice teacher and producer, Barbara Maier Gustern and Downtown producer/performer Eric L. Schmalenberger present: "TRANS Formative - Songs That Propel Us:" A Benefit for New York Voices, Joe’s Pub’s artist commissioning program, and the Ali Forney Center. Two extravaganzas featuring stars of the downtown scene will play at Joe’s Pub at The Public, 425 Lafayette Street, on March 24 and April 28. Show times are at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be reserved online at joespub.com or by phone at: (212) 539-8778. There is a current list of performers below.
Maier Gustern, who teaches a significant number of entertainers in the LGBT community, says, " Joe’s Pub New York Voices Artist Commissioning Program
and the important Ali Forney Center, in their very different ways, support and encourage people to be who they really are and to nurture each other. Youth
who are struggling with identity need role models who’ve stepped out to claim their true selves. I thought it was the right time to throw a great party to say
thank you to these organizations that foster those values."
New York Voices is the artist commissioning program of Joe’s Pub at The Public. The program supports the creation of new works from critically-acclaimed
musicians and performers. As part of The Public’s long history of supporting some of the country’s most celebrated artists, New York Voices also includes a
development workshop with The Theater’s artistic staff.
Supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Voices provides each artist with rehearsal space, time and financial backing. Artists commissioned by the program include Abigail Washburn, Bridget Everett, Noche Flamenca, Toshi Reagon, Lady Rizo, Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo and Ethan Lipton, whose 2011 premiere "No Place To Go" went on to win an Obie.
The Ali Forney Center is the largest and most comprehensive program in the nation dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth.