Cheryl King opened Stage Left Studio, the venue, in October of 2005 at 438 W 37th Street in NYC. In July 2010 the venue moved to 214 W 30th Street, NYC.
Cheryl closed the venue in July of 2015, due to rising costs and a desire to quit being a manager, and spend more time making art.
She still produces shows in New York and around the country. Current scheduled productions include Forbidden Kiss LIVE, her monthly sexy cabaret show, running since 2006. The next performance will be Dec 5, 2015 at 7 pm at 13th Street Repertory in NYC.
Gender-A Performance Project, which had its first production in June 2015, will be reprised on Dec 4 and 11, 2015, also at 13th Street Rep.
Antonio&Shylock:Monsters, an adaptation of The Merchant of Venice by Dikran Tulaine, will be presented Dec 12, at 13th Street Rep, and will likely have other performances in NYC in Nov, 2015.
Stage Left Studio is coproducing the first Tucson Solo Show Festival with Monica Bauer Dec 28, 2015 to Jan 3, 3016. Cheryl will perform Grapefruit, a solo show written by Sally Lambert, in that festival.
Stage Left Studio is Cheryl King's production company, and is also the umbrella for a community of actors presenting Forbidden Kiss LIVE, Gender-A Performance Project,
and Antonio & Shylock:Monsters.
Cheryl King created Stage Left Studio in 2005, and presented her first performances there in January of 2006. Her first offerings were her own show, "not a nice girl", Pandora Scooter's "Samuraization" and Katie Northlich's "Character Forum: A Thesis". These shows ran in repertory for nearly three months, and set the tone for what has become the pre-eminent solo play showcase in NYC.
Since that time, Cheryl has presented over three hundred solo shows, including works by acclaimed artists John Fugelsang, Esther Chae, Joe Hutcheson, Cyndi Freeman, Anthony Johnston, Toni Silver, and Frank Blocker. These performers, and many others, have found Stage Left Studio the perfect place to develop and showcase their work.
Cheryl spent several years developing her own solo show, and discovered her most pressing need was for affordable and adequate space to develop and showcase the work. She determined to create, for herself, and for others, a state-of-the-art theater, intimate and beautiful, and perfectly suited to the needs of solo artists. Stage Left is the result of that intention.
In October 2007, Cheryl created the annual Women at Work Festival, to showcase work by women. That became an annual festival, and draws artists from all over the country.
In April of 2008, Cheryl created the Left Out Festival, with Joe Hutcheson, and more than 20 gay artists were featured in nearly two weeks of shows. Two very large donations to GMHC and Bailey House were made from the box office proceeds in that festival. That too became a popular annual festival.
In October of 2010, Cheryl created the MamaDrama Festival, which again featured artists from all over the country, and was a hugely successful 10-day festival.
Stage Left Studio has become the locus of a community of solo artists, creating and developing new plays. Cheryl's dream continues to play itself out, and brilliant performers, with edgy, significant work, find the support and opportunities they need to bring their dreams to life.
When you step into Stage Left Studio, you might think you’re seeing a mirage.
Mark Blankenship, in tdf STAGES, praises Stage Left Studio and its creator, Cheryl King. Read more
STAGE LEFT STUDIO, THE VENUE, CLOSED IN JULY 2015.
IT WAS A GREAT PLEASURE AND PRIVILEGE TO HOST HUNDREDS OF SHOWS OVER THE 10 YEARS WE WERE IN BUSINESS.
THOSE WISHING TO RENT SPACE CAN NO LONGER RENT FROM STAGE LEFT, BUT YOU CAN GO TO http://nyc.spacefinder.org/