By Byrne Harrison
Michelle Slonim is a comedic character actress, producer and teaching artist. She has performed in the Florida production of Jewtopia, at the Williamstown Theater Festival and Comedy Central, HBO and regularly performs in the NYC downtown comedy scene. As seen in the Wall Street Journal and NY Post, Michelle is the creator of Date My Friend Parties and Date My Jewish Friend Parties which are tag team speed dating events. You can see her on the big screen this summer at the New Museum's "Festival of Ideas for A New City" and you can see her live in Chicago in the show "Date Me". She is currently developing a one-ish woman show called "Michelle's Man Hunt". She is a teaching artist with Urban Arts Partnership, a member of 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, TRU, CTI, a board member of the the Lower East BID, and the Friars Club. www.michelleslonim.com www.datemyfriendplay.com
When did you first get involved in theatre and when did you know it was going to become your passion?
Ever since I was in kindergarten I wanted to be in the school play, but every year my class wasn't selected until the 3rd grade when I was in the Jewish version of the Gift of Magi. Even though my school was co-ed I was cast to play Elijah and fell in love with the theatre.
Who is your inspiration?
Growing up I loved The Carol Burnett Show and would imitate her characters.
What was the best show you've ever seen?
The best show I've ever seen is Gypsy with Tyne Daley. I fought with my parents, that is was "inappropriate" and I didn't want to see, but I fell in love with the show and had to swallow my pride and tell my parents they were correct!
If you could work with anyone in the world, who would you choose?
Jackie Hoffman, David Cross, and John Hamburg.
What's coming up for you this year?
I'm developing a one-ish woman show called Michelle's Man Hunt.
Open forum: What do you want to say to the people out on the blogosphere reading this right now?
Come to my next Date My Friend Party; its an Anti-Valentines Day Special! It's speed dating party in pairs for those who are 21-39 and heterosexual. Discount code for $5 off: stagebuzz
Click here for more info.