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Judith Sloan

EarSay, Inc.
Co-founder, Artist, Educator, Adjunct Professor Gallatin, NYU
Queens, New York
Judith Sloan is an award-winning writer, audio artist, radio producer and performer. Her new work, YO MISS! is in development with dramaturg Morgan Jenness. She is co-founder with Warren Lehrer of EarSay, a non-profit dedicated to documenting and portraying the lives of uncelebrated individuals. She is a member of the faculty at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized study where she teaches Oral History, Cultural Identity and the Arts, and audio/radio courses. For more information: http://www.earsay.org/projects/performance/

Press on YO MISS! 

“In YO MISS!, Judith Sloan’s art and teaching cross-pollinate. Performing with musical collaborators, she re-enacts and riffs on her experiences teaching teenagers from myriad worlds: refugee camps, struggling neighborhoods, prisons. It is a performance about performances, a story containing many stories.” — New York Times

“This is immersive, resonant theater. Communication, cultural destabilization, history and commonality, are dramatized, raising questions, offering response. [Sloan] is an audacious artist.” — Woman Around Town

EarSay is an artist-driven non-profit arts organization dedicated to uncovering and portraying stories of the uncelebrated. Founded by Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan in 1999, our projects bridge the divide between documentary and expressive forms in books, exhibitions, on stage, in sound & electronic media. We are committed to fostering understanding across cultures, generations, gender and class, through artistic productions and education. We bring our work to theatres, museums, schools, prisons, festivals and universities. EarSay's most ambitious project to date is Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America which documents and portrays the lives of new immigrants and refugees. A multimedia project that includes a 400 page book of stories, interviews, photographs, and a CD of soundscapes and music; a traveling museum exhibition, a performance and series of workshops, the book features the voices of 79 individuals as they reflect on the good, the ugly, and the unexpected in their stories of crossing oceans, borders, wars, economic hardship, and cultural divides. Collectively, the stories, images and sounds of Crossing the BLVD serve as a magnifying glass for the future of America.  

What the press says: Crossing the BLVD
“Immigrant life, as told in the intimate, rich, comic, ironic and sad stories so often seen but not heard in America’s big cities.” 
The Washington Post

“Behind the drab storefronts and nondescript homes that define the borough, Sloan and Lehrer discover a soulful place teaming with immigrants from Mexico to Australia whose stories unfold in a kaleidoscope of color…” CNN

“Crossing the BLVD is a powerful social record… Most of the subjects live in Queens, but their stories resonate far beyond the borders of this multicultural New York borough. What often gets lost in the national debate on immigration is the human dimension, an understanding of the lives of those people who give up everything to come here. Crossing the BLVD lets them tell their stories… We see the subjects’ faces in the photographs, hear their voices, and enter into their lives through cherished mementos they have carried from home to home… Extraordinary stories… a living work of art.” 
The New York Times

“I have never seen a book like this. [Crossing the BLVD is] a remarkably beautiful, lovingly put together example of bottom-up journalism.” Amy Goodman, Anchor and Executive Producer Democracy Now!

Winner 2004 Brendan Gill Prize 
“A celebratory chronicle of the immigrant experience in New York, Crossing the BLVD is a Whitmanesque book that reveals a staggering array of humanity… [it] chronicles life in Gotham in both its despair and boundless promise. Chosen for its ability to convey the inspired resiliency of the myriad communities that contribute