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International Women Artists' Salon Announces AN EVENING OF REVOLUTION

International Women Artists' Salon today announced an evening of revolution showcasing artists from the worlds of music, poetry, theater, painting, dance, film, and animation, premiering Saturday, August 20 at 7:30PM at Dixon Place, located at 161 Chrystie Street. Admission to the hour-long event is free.

Revolution is about technology, it's about movement, it's about changing people's minds. It's always shifting, always moving forward. Having their say about revolution in 2016, the artists will focus on the principles of revolution from social action to individual responsibility and justice.

Curated by Marcina Zaccaria, the featured artists will be Amanda Boekelheide, Christine Deitner, Glenda Frank, Betsy Heffron, Amina Henry, Nana Ponceleon, and Sophia Romma. The evening will be hosted by Valerie David.

Founded by curator and photographer Heidi Russell, International Women Artists' Salon is a cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural organization of women making art in the world today.

Said Ms. Russell: "Our shared vision is to create a community of individuals and organizations with the resources and passion to gain critical visibility in the art world for women artists of all backgrounds and stages of their careers."

Added Ms. Zaccaria: "Thanks to Heidi Russell and her outstanding organization, we're presenting a diverse array of talented and dedicated women with powerful creative visions."

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Marcina Zaccaria (Curator/ Director/ Writer) Marcina has directed theater readings and workshops in venues that include New Dramatists, Soho Rep, TheaterLab, HERE Arts Center, Dance Theater Workshop, New Perspectives Studio, and The Ohio Theater. Her play, "Birds," premiered at The Brick Theater in 2014. One of her numerous monologues was published in "InterJACtions: Monologues from the Heart of Human Nature (Vol. II)," available on Amazon. Zaccaria is a regular arts reviewer for Theater Pizzazz and frequent contributor to magazines such as Howl Round and Brooklyn Rail. A member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, she has an MFA from Columbia University.

Glenda Frank (Playwright, Bossy Wang Unbound) is the author of 7 full-length plays. She is also a critic, scholar and professor at FIT, SUNY. For her doctorate she studied American drama. Bossy Wang Unbound is a project of the 365 Women a Year Playwriting Project, which gives a new forum to extraordinary but forgotten women who fought for our artistic and political freedom.

Dr. Sophia Romma (Playwright, Director of Poor Liza) is the Artistic Producing Director of The O'Neill Film and Theatrical Foundation, who has cultivated her stage craft as a playwright in residence at La Mama E.T.C. and as Literary Manager of The Negro Ensemble Company, with over twenty years of hands on experience in both the theatre and film industry. She is the author of fourteen stage-plays which have been produced Off-Broadway and abroad. As an Award-winning playwright, screenwriter and theatre director; she aims to offer and sustain a sturdy education and pave the path to a creative journey for all artists who desire to develop and master their craft.

Betsy Heffron (Painter) My work is an exploration of the landscapes and objects that surround me: a red chair, vintage dresses, seltzer bottles, Infinite subject matter. Landscapes range from the City to the beach and anywhere in-between. I am a painter working in oils & oil bars; my approach to painting stems from academic & atelier training. Working with color, form, movement and texture, painting my interior or exterior environments; the objects are grounded in representational art and landscape structure, yet assume a life of their own, like vignettes. This is a glimpse into the observations of my life as a painter and my relationship with the world.

Amanda Boekelheide (Performer) Amanda Boekelheide's most recent & fun professional roles were 1/3 of Macbeth, 11 characters in R&J, Town Cryers & ensemble in The Whistling Mortician, Blowfish in Heist, Iphigenia in Iph.then, Scarlett, Rhonda & Lilly in Lion in the Streets, & Olga in Nature Theater of Oklahoma's adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters. Favorite Columbia University roles include Bosola in Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, Inez in Satre's No Exit, & The Secretary (Death) in Camus' The State of Siege. Travel for performance & study has included Peking Opera in China, Indonesian classical & rural dance styles as well as Gamelan in Surakarta, Indonesia, & Classical Buddhist Nepalese dance in Nepal.

Amina Henry (Playwright) is a playwright and arts educator. Productions include: The Animals at JACK, Happily Ever at Brooklyn College, An American Family Takes a Lover at Theater for the New City, Water produced by Drama of Works and The Minstrel Show, produced as part of the 2013 Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival 13th Street Theater/CSC (NYC). Her work has been developed by/presented at: Clubbed Thumb, The New Group, Barefoot Theatre, National Black Theater, Little Theater at Dixon Place, The Flea, The Brick, HERE Arts Center, The Cell: a 21st Century Salon, New York Madness, Sticky, HERO Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR), Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX), and Brooklyn College. She was a 2012-2013 Core Apprentice playwright at The Playwrights Center and a 2013 Finalist for the Leah Ryan FEWW Playwriting Prize for her play, Bully. She was a featured playwright at the 2013 Black and Latino Playwrights Conference at Texas State University. Her play Bully is on the 2015 Kilroy List, a curated survey of the top 7% recommended plays by female and female-identified playwrights in the US. Amina Henry is a graduate of Yale University, NYU's Performance Studies MA program and Brooklyn College's MFA Playwriting program.

A native of Western MA, Christine Deitner [Director, Writer] received her B.F.A. in Theatre Directing/Acting from New York University [Playwrights Horizons]. She has directed versions of established works [MACBETH, THE THREE SISTERS, TIS PITTY SHEE'S A WHORE, HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS], originals by others [CAN'T CATCH ME LITTLE MAN, WATERED DOWN] and originals [ANUS MUNDI, ENTROPY]. She traveled with musicals and dance shows in North America and Europe before moving to Los Angeles where her first short film THE SPACE BETWEEN played at LA Shorts Fest in 2009 and at AFI. Christine has worked for The Simpsons, Rob Zombie, on the 2009 Sundance documentary Dirt! The Movie, on Disney's Hannah Montana: The Movie, as a Reader and Story Analyst for Sundance, Exclusive Media and National Geographic and most recently as a Production Manager for Warner Bros. Animation in Burbank. Her screenplays have reached the Semi or Quarter Finals with Gotham, Creative Screenwriting, Zoetrope, and the Nicholls.

Nana Ponceleon (Actress) was born in Venezuela and now lives in New York where she works as an actress. She studied acting at Stella Adler Studio of Acting; having been previously a businesswoman, a graduate from Pace University in NYC. She is also a member of The League of Professional Theater Women. Her New York Theater credits include August: Osage County, Bright Room Called Day, The House of Bernarda Alba (Directed by Melissa Maxwell), The Insane Root (New Ohio Theater's Prod Club), CLUMP (INTAR), Paper Bell, and recently Tales of Imaginary Birds of writer/Director Alexandra Viteri from Argentina. She has appeared as supporting actress in Venezuelan featured films, like the award winning "The Zero Hour" (La Hora Cero) - featured in HBO, "La Clase" and "A Gaze at the Sea" and many New York short films.

Valerie David (Host) Valerie David is an actor, playwright, writer and editor. Valerie wrote and starred in her autobiographical solo show, The Pink Hulk: One Woman's Journey to Find the Superhero Within, which premiered in Planet Connections. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, her credits include the Off-Broadway production of A Stoop on Orchard Street, Cookie in Rumors and Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life. Films: How I Became that Jewish Guy, which premiered at a November 2015 NYC Film Festival, and Bridges and Tunnels. Memberships include the League of Professional Theatre Women, AEA and SAG-AFTRA. She also performs improv throughout New York City with improv groups Faceplant, Cronuts and Cherub. With more than 20 years of experience as a writer and an editor, she also teaches improv to high school students at the Annual Virginia State Thespian Conference. Check out and for further info.

The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. Proceeds directly support Dixon Place's artists and mission.

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