TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC. Hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. Magic is the theme of the first installment of TELL.
Featuring special guests: Heather María Ács, Merrie Cherry, Mizz June, Foxy Squire, and Judy Yu.
This event is free. We will pass a hat on behalf of the performers.
The Bureau is not wheelchair accessible–up one flight of stairs.
The Bureau has a gender-neutral bathroom.
Heather María Ács
is a performing artist, activist, curator, educator and high-femme troublemaker. Her work has been featured in festivals, theatres, galleries, conferences, and universities internationally. She is the Co-Director of Heels on Wheels, a queer femme-inine spectrum, all genders performance group. Heather has worked with Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, Nao Bustamante, Lois Weaver, J. Ed Araiza (SITI Company), and Paula Pell (SNL). Film credits include Building No. 7, dir. Steven Soderbergh; blink, dir. Silas Howard; Sunset Stories (SXSW); and Michelle in Valencia (the movies): Chapter 9 based on the novel by Michelle Tea. Heather has worked as a teaching artist in NYC public schools for over a decade. heatheracs.com
is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Besides winning the 2011 Miss LEZ title, Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in fesivals globally. Drae was dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell throws a monthly party in Brooklyn called PRIME. Check her out online and around town. www.draecampbell.com
Photo by Santiago Felipe
Merrie Cherry reigns over the Brooklyn drag community with a sweet hand. She hosts, MCs, and plans events in the popping community and beyond. The creator of the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards she was set a new meaning of what is means to be a drag queen. With no plans to stop we can expect so much more from this cherry. Stay tuned!
Mizz June got her start in activism and musical theater. As a resident young artist at The Henry Street Settlement and, as a founding member of the youth activist group- FIERCE! She was the first black transwoman to be a guest cast member on “All My Children”. Her previous band, “Mizz June and the Housewives” was a “drag punk”/punk rock/pro-feminist band ala the Riot Grrl movement. She was a featured member of the video chorus for Theater Transgression/House of Yes’ trAntigone- A Genderqueered Act of Resistance and most recently “Lez Miz” (Dixon Place) and “These Pieces Won’t Fit/The Waldorf Hysteria” (Mix 26 Art and Film Festival). She will be featured in two soon to be released music videos. Justin Vivian Bond’s “The Golden Age of Hustlers” and Tamar-kali’s “Pearl”. She is currently working on her debut EP- release date TBA.
After completing the burlesque class series by Deflouered Productions
, Foxy Squire
gathered her wits and talent to begin performing. Though, she is a resident performer at Rivers of Honey
Cabaret, she had performed both nationally and internationally in London, Connecticut, California, Philadelphia, and NYC. Foxy’s first headliner performance was in May 2013 at the DC Gurly Show (Washington, DC). This year, she will be performing in Georgia (DragonCon) and North Carolina (Heavy Rebel Weekend). Her motto is EMBRACE YOUR SPECTACLE. Now, she shares her love for deviant art and dark beauty through burlesque and performance art.
Judy Yu writes stories on the number 2 or 3 train from Brooklyn to Harlem, and advocates for LGBTQ youth in the youth justice system at the Juvenile Justice Project of the Correctional Association of NY. She has lived in New York for over 20 years and calls Brooklyn home. She has an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence and an MPH from Hunter.