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. Her 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 October 2015, Sloan performed Crossing The BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in A New America at City Lore in New York, New York, for the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.
Sloan was the keynote performer at two national conferences in October 2015, the National Biennial Conference on Trauma at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and the National Oral History Association Conference in Tampa, Florida. At both conferences, she performed excerpts of her one-woman show Yo Miss!
In June 2015, Sloan was a featured artist at the Apollo Theater and, in March 2016, in the Southbank Centre London’s Women of the World Festival in London, UK.
Sloan received a 2015 Queens Council on the Arts Individual Artist grant to create a new piece focused on gentrification and housing for her collaborative work with Frank London and Warren Lehrer, 1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America. She was also the recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts grant through EarSay for EarSay Youth Voices, Cross-Cultural Dialogue Through the Arts, an immigrant youth theater, 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 a short residency grant from the Stonington Opera House in Stonington, Maine to begin work on a new project inspired by gathering stories from people in various parts of Maine in the summer of 2015 working title: “Who Belongs?” She was also the recipient of a Network of Ensemble Theatre travel grant to explore partnerships in theatre and literacy with Ellsworth Adult Education in Ellsworth, Maine.
In 2016, she received funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs to support public programming including Yo Miss! and EarSay Youth programs.
Sloan hosted a dialogue with four Gallatin graduate alums called Artists as Global Citizens which took place in March 2016. Her Gallatin Arts Workshop “Talk to Me” launched a live radio show in The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts in May 2016.
In March 2016, Sloan's Yo Miss! premiered in full at La MaMa in New York, New York.