RING OF KEYS is a national network of queer women+, trans, and gender non-conforming artists working on and offstage in musical theatre.


 
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OUR MISSION

 

The mission of RING OF KEYS is two-fold: a visible, supportive community, as well as a hiring resource for those looking to work with professional artists who self-identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer, femme, trans, non-binary, and the diversity of genders that queerness contains.

We strive to kick (ball-change) the closet door open to create a vibrant, diverse musical theatre landscape for the future.


Key Beliefs

• We believe that disparities within our industry are intersectional.

• We believe that our diversity is an asset to the musical theatre landscape.

We believe that by elevating queer women+, trans, and gender non-conforming artists in our industry, we give conscious and subconscious permission to future queer artists to elevate themselves.

• We believe in making space for marginalized voices within our own queer community.

 


 

Disclaimer:

*We believe in inclusion, and use a plus (“+”) after “women” or “woman,” to ensure that all identities feel welcomed.

 

 
You have to see it to be it.
— Jeanine Tesori

 
 
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ABOUT US

 

Our friendship was born out of the realization that while we inhabit a professional space that is LGBTQ+ friendly, we as queer women are underrepresented within that space.  We look forward to a Ring of Keys future with diversified leadership. We strive to make space for marginalized voices within our own queer community and welcome your voices and feedback.

 
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ANDREA PRESTINARIO (co-founder)

Andrea Prestinario (she/her) is a queer soprano who is NYC-based and Chicago-grown. Her mother always said she had a low tolerance for pain, but she prefers to frame it as a high tolerance to feel. (Ow! Wow!) She received her BFA from Ball State University in Musical Theatre and Gender Studies and is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf. Her queer claim-to-fame is having the privilege of singing Edie Windsor’s memorial service. As an artist and activist, she strives to push society forward through women’s advocacy in the theatre. WWW.ANDREAPRESTINARIO.COM

 
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ROYER BOCKUS (co-founder)

Royer Bockus (she/her) is a musical theatre lesbian. Laurey Williams in the queerest Oklahoma! you’ve ever seen, coming to Oregon Shakes this spring. Started in Texas, college’d at Northwestern, and has since worked near both oceans and many lakes. As an artist she strives to bring her whole feminist self onstage in canonical roles.  http://www.royerbockus.com/

 
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HOLLY MARIE DUNN (web design)

Holly (she/her) is a singer/actress based in NYC and a proud gay lady in musical theatre. She is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy musical theatre conservatory program and continued her studies with many years of private vocal training (keep that belt healthy, team!). She moonlights in web design, e-commerce, email marketing and social media management and is so excited to be a part of this wonderful 'Ring of Keys' adventure.  http://hollymariedunn.com/

 

ADDITIONAL KEY MEMBER VOLUNTEERS

 

KAT GRIFFIN (Profile Manager & Social Media Coordinator)

Kat (They/She/He) is a small, spunky, gay & non-binary NYC based performer with their BA in Acting/Minor in Gender Studies from Baldwin Wallace University. You might have seen them in concert with Trans Voices Cabaret, or at Joes Pub, 54Below, The West End Lounge - or just re-reading Harry Potter for the 20th time on a bench somewhere in NYC.  A classically trained actor who will belt your face off - among their dream roles are Hamlet, Benedick (Much Ado-), & Judas (Jesus Christ Superstar).  https://www.katgriffin-actor.com/

 

MORGAN DEAN (Social Media Coordinator)

Morgan (she/they) is an actor/writer/singer from Queens. Morgan graduated from The Hartt School with a BFA in Music Theater and has been in various plays, musicals, films, and cabarets since graduating. Her poetry has been performed by herself and others across NYC and she recently presented a staged reading of her first play, THEM, that she began writing in April. Morgan is also active in politics and has worked for and with multiple national campaigns since 2015 (it’s also where she got her start in social media management). Visit morganrosedean.com and say hi!

 

KATHRYN LYNN MORGEN (Artist Profile Manager)

Kathryn Lynn Morgen (they/them/she/her) is a theatre artist and graphic designer based in Bellingham, WA. Kathryn founded New Theatre Magazine and Publishing in October 2017. They formerly served as Artistic Director of Whidbey Children's Theatre (2016-2017) and co-founded Queer Pride on Whidbey in 2014.

 

HELEN HUETTNER (Events Coordinator)

Helen Huettner (she/her) is Brooklyn based queer lady boss originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Helen has been fortunate to grow up performing in musical theatre which eventually helped her move behind the scenes to the creative side. Helen is an active playwright and the Artistic Director of Honey Dipped Productions, a production company which champions new and emerging work that embodies the millennial female voice. She can often be found performing her original poetry with Brooklyn Poets. Helen loves craft beer and unapologetic art preferably at the same time. www.honeydippedgirls.com
 

 
We are learning that the more we open our mouths, the more we become a choir. And the more we are a choir, the more the tune is forced to change.
— Amber Tamblyn
 
 

Logo design by Emily Schleier