Award winning cabaret performer and member of the 92Y Music Faculty, Michael Kirk Lane curates a series of conversations about the art form of cabaret in New York City.
Welcoming performers, directors, and journalists, these conversations will delve into the history and current state of this unique performance style. Each conversation will also include a Q&A session for the participants. These conversations may be purchased individually, or as a package of 3 at a discounted price!
Jan 25, 2021: Jinkx Monsoon
Kicking off the new year, Cabaret Conversations is joined by world-renowned performer and winner of season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jinkx Monsoon. They are a 6-time MAC Award-nominee, winning in 2020 for Major Drag Artist. Their debut cabaret show, alongside performing partner Major Scales, The Vaudevillians, played over 100 performances at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, before going on an international tour.
Feb 22, 2021: Telly Leung
Next on the hotseat, Broadway performer, recording artist, producer, & theater arts teacher, Telly Leung joins the conversation. His Broadway & national touring credits include Aladdin in Disney's Aladdin, Godspell, Rent (final Broadway company), Wicked (Boq, original Chicago Company) and television audiences will remember him as Wes the Warbler on Glee.
March 22, 2021: Lennie Watts & Amy Wolk
This duo features 16-time MAC, 5-time Backstage Bistro, and 3-time Nightlife Award-winner Lennie Watts and performer, writer, host, director, singer, and current President of MAC, Amy Wolk.
Recognized as an outstanding vocalist, director, producer and booking manager, Lennie Watts has been active in the New York cabaret scene for 30 years and was recently named one of “The 50 Most Influential People in New York Cabaret” by Nightlife Exchange.
4-time MAC Award winner, Amy Wolk, was the recipient of the 2014 Bistro Award for Outstanding Musical Comedy for her show A Wolk on the Wild Side. Amy has won 2 MAC Awards for her cabaret performances, including the 2011 MAC for Musical Comedy, and the 2004 MAC Award for Best Female New York Debut for her show Different For Girls. Her solo shows include A Wolk in Progress, We Can Wolk It Out, and Wolk This Way.