Cheryl King created Cheryl King Productions in 2000, when Gary Austin requested that she create a performance-based educational retreat in Santa Fe, NM. Cheryl came up with the Santa Fe Project, a weeklong retreat at The Immaculate Heart of Mary Conference Center. The instructors were Gary Austin, Wendy Mackenzie, Cheryl King, Carol Fox Prescott and Hilary Chaplain. The retreat was repeated in 2001, and in those two years nearly 50 students studied acting, writing, improv, clowning and voice with these instructors. Each year the retreat was concluded with performances.
The next project for Cheryl King Productions was Cheryl’s own solo show “not a nice girl” which she produced and performed in Los Angeles, in Ft. Collins, CO and in Odense, Denmark, as well as the Midtown International Theatre Festival.
In October 2003 she created the New York Solo Play Lab, with John Chatterton as co-producer, at John’s theater, Where Eagles Dare, at 347 West 36th Street in NYC. Their partnership continued until March 2006, and in that time they presented nearly 250 artists in that solo showcase.
In October of 2005, she created her own studio, Stage Left Studio, and began teaching there. She also rents the theatre to others for rehearsals, casting calls, auditions, film and photo shoots and readings. Artists such as John Fugelsang, Susan Ferrara and Theresa Gambacorta presented works there before moving them to larger venues in New York City.
When she created a theatre at Stage Left Studio she opened the theatre with three shows in repertory – her own solo show “not a nice girl”, Pandora Scooter’s show “Samuraization” and Katie Northlich’s show “Character Forum: A Thesis”. Since then she has continued to present solo shows on a regular basis, including Lally Ross’s “Wedding Belles” and Beth Bongar’s “Jews Don’t Join the Circus.”
In April 2006 she initiated a weekly showcase at Stage Left, and named it “what’s happening.”
By early 2010, Stage Left had become a well-known venue for solo shows in NYC, with over 200 shows per year, both solo shows and small cast plays. Village Voice named it “New York’s Best Sexy Theatre” because of the monthly erotica series Forbidden Kiss. Stage Left hosts two festivals, The Left Out Festival, a celebration of gay performance art, and the Women at Work Festival, a festival of plays by and/or about women.
In the summer of 2010, Cheryl moved her Stage Left to a more capacious and accessible space on 30th Street. With performances nightly, and matinees on weekends, it has become the go-to place for solo artists in NYC. The beautiful space is covered with art, boasts a topline lighting grid, with excellent sound system, projector and screens, and is a perfect location for shows, readings, screenings, film and video shoots, and more.
For a number of years, Cheryl King taught workshops in Chicago, at the Funny Women Fest. A co-producer of the annual festival, she taught standup comedy and her own innovative Body Language workshop. She also taught in Ft. Collins, CO, in Seattle at the Orcas Island Retreat, and, in particular, in Los Angeles.
Every six weeks she was in Los Angeles for two weeks at a time, teaching intensive 8-hour, two-day Body Language workshops, writing workshops, and Standup Comedy workshops.
When she created her own studio and theatre, and took on the full-time management of that business, she ceased her regular trips to the west coast, and now concentrates on projects in New York City.
In addition to her regular schedule of private coaching and directing, Cheryl teaches a writing workshop called Writing Your Heart Out on Tuesdays from 11:30-2:30 at Stage Left. For more info, click on the classes and workshops link.
Cheryl produced and directed V-Day Events in 2004 and 2005.
In 2006 she hosted events for Until the Violence Stops:NYC.