Judith Sloan is an actress, oral historian, writer, and audio artist/radio producer whose work combines humor, pathos, and a love of the absurd, and is informed by oral history. He works include YO MISS!, Denial of the Fittest, Responding to Chaos, A Tattle Tale, and Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, a multimedia project about new immigrants and refugees written in collaboration with Warren Lehrer. Sloan has received numerous grants and awards for her work in theatre and radio-which focuses on voices often ignored by the mass media-including: a 2013 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Music and Sound; awards from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and New York State Council on the Arts; the Brendan Gill Prize 2004; BAXten Artists Award 2005; the Third Coast International Audio Festival 2005, short doc competition; and First Place in the 2008 and 2009 Missouri Review National Audio Competition. A frequent guest lecturer on college campuses on issues of diversity, human rights, and the arts, Sloan's work has been published by Second Story Press, W.W. Norton, and The New York Times. Her theatre and radio works have been produced throughout the U.S. and abroad at venues including La Mama, The Public Theatre, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and The Smithsonian Institution, and on National Public Radio, WNYC, and listener-sponsored radio stations nationwide. She is co-founder along with Warren Lehrer of EarSay, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to documenting and portraying the lives of uncelebrated individuals, and she directs Cross-Cultural Dialogue through the Arts, a mentorship project creating collaborations between disparate communities and Transforming Trauma into Art with immigrant and refugee teenagers in Queens, New York.
Teaching and Research Interests
theatre; solo performance; oral history; humor and social satire; immigration and the changing face of America; documentary arts: radio and multimedia, digital art on the web; community projects; trauma studies; dialogue across race, ethnicity, class and gender
B.A., SUNY Empire State College, 1999 M.A., SUNY Empire State College, 2002
In September 2015, Professor Sloan performed Crossing the BLVD at the New York Institute of Technology, Stockton College, New Jersey, and, in March 2014, at New York Institute of Technology’s 2013/2014 and 2015 summer institute and at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. Her work YO MISS! was featured at the KO Festival of Performance in July 2014 and was the kick-off performance, with Crossing the BLVD, for the KO Festival of Performance in July 2015. Professor Sloan will be the keynote performer/presenter with YO MISS! at the National Oral History Association Conference in the fall of 2015. She performed YO MISS! at the Bowery Poetry Club in March 2014 and ran a workshop at NYU on storytelling, writing, and dialogue.YO MISS! was a featured performance in the winter 2014 Poetic License Theatre Festival and at the Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Professor Judith Sloan will be a featured artist at the Apollo Theater in the Southbank Centre London’s Women of the World Festival (WOW) of Performances, Conversations, Activism in June 2015.
Professor Sloan was awarded a 2014 Queens Council on the Arts Individual Artist grant to create new audio works called Cross-Cultural Stories in Sound. She was also the recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts grant through EarSay for Cross-Cultural Dialogue Through the Arts, an immigrant youth theatre, radio, and multi-media project that she undertook in collaboration with the International High School at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York. She received funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs to support public programming including YO MISS! and EarSay Youth programs. Professor Sloan is also a featured artist on Viper Records.