Rachel Jury, British writer & performance artistRachel has been performing her poetry for the past seven years at a variety of locations across Britain and Europe from Brighton to Dundee to Dublin. Rachel studied acting, but is more into writing. She is in the process of writing her third collection of poetry Politics Post Postmodernism. Her second collection of poems, Laughin' Lesbians Vol 2, the sequel to Laughin' Lesbians Vol 1 is due to be published in 2008. She currently resides in Glasgow, Scotland, where she is developing her first musical "The Gates". "Miss Smith", her second musical, is in the works. Rachel received the Jackie Forster Memorial Award for Culture, Pride Awards 2006, for outstanding contribution to culture in Scotland.
Clare Summerskill, British stand-up, writer, actress and singer-songwriterAs a Lesbian Comedienne, Clare performs an original cocktail of stand-up and comedy songs to mainly gay and lesbian audiences and has even been known to make straight people chuckle just a little bit!!! She brings "Dyke" humour to the forefront of alternative comedy! Clare also writes and performs her own stage shows which she has toured nationally in the UK. She is currently touring a brand new show, "Clare Summerskill In No Particular Order."
Clare trained professionally as an actress and her acting credits include the part of Vi Petty in the West End musical "BUDDY", which she played for two years. As a writer Clare has worked for many years in theatre and for radio. Her new book, We're the Girls (Diana Publishing, 2008), contains many of her comedy monologues, songs and stories. As a songwriter, her latest (and third) CD entitled Still Let Me Fly consists of twelve original songs written and performed by Clare and her band.
Clare also has her own professional theatre company, ARTEMIS Theatre Company. The company performs theatre to audiences who are often excluded by mainstream commercial productions. Last year ARTEMIS performed a sell out National Tour of the play "GATEWAY TO HEAVEN", written by Clare and based entirely on the memories of older lesbians and gay men.
Susan Werner, American songwriter and singerSusan Werner was raised on a farm in rural Iowa. She studied classical voice at Temple University. Werner left behind her opera training and began performing as a singer-songwriter at coffeehouses throughout the northeast. She self-released her first album "Midwestern Saturday Night" in 1992 and then went on to put out "Live at Tin Angel" the following year. In 1995 came her breakout album, BMG/Private Music's "Last of the Good Straight Girls."
Werner went on, recording two albums even better than her previous work, adding some country and soul sounds to her signature vocal stylings with the help of Nashville multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Darrell Scott, who produced "Time Between Trains" and Colin Linden (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings), who produced her 2001 "New Non-Fiction." Werner's latest endeavor, "The Gospel Truth," a collection of originals she describes as "hymns for the spiritually ambivalent."
Susan will be playing at Ragle Hall/ Marboro College in Marboro, Vermont on May 1st.
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