In Memphis, Tennessee we meet the first all-girl radio station, WGAL. It’s 1955 and the "Jockettes" are making radio for women from their studio, the Doll Den. But as time marches forward the shtick gets old and the women want more. What happens when an all-women's station is so good men start listening? Inspired by real events, Welcome to the Doll Den tells a story about masks, identity, and the cost of success.
About the Artists
Sarah Plotkin (Director) is a freelance director, puppeteer, and Artistic Director of Electric Eye Ensemble, with whom she co-facilitates Artist Gym, a monthly creation and creativity workshop for people of all ages and backgrounds. Sarah is a recipient of the Dorothy Stickney Scholarship for Women in Theatre, a member of the 2016-2017 SDCF Observership Class, and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Freelance credits include: Juniper Tree (Dixon Place), The Digger (La MaMa ETC), Discrepancies (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Antigone (Castillo Theatre), and Home in Motion (WOW Cafe Theatre).
Julia Corrigan (Choreographer/Dramaturg) is a choreographer, arts administrator, and the Managing Director of Electric Eye Ensemble. Julia is a member of the NACHMO Artists Committee, a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Brooke Pierce Award for the Fine Arts for her piece Really Is, Always Was and the Friends of Goucher Dance Excellence in Choreography Award for her body of work. Recent work includes PEER (Green Space) and Rare.old.times. (Upcoming, NACHMO Studio Show). BA Goucher College.
Clarissa Marie Ligon (Rehearsal Stage Manager) is a student at Brooklyn College studying Voice Performance and Theater Production. Self-proclaimed Renaissance Woman, Clarissa has done it all: from stage managing to costume and lighting design to producing and directing to her first love: performance art. Past productions include: Harper Regan, V-Day Taconic, When We Wake Up Dead, Middletown, The Death of Bessie Smith, Recess, and LOL: The End.
Jazelle Foster (Assistant Director/Production Stage Manager) is an actor mostly known for her recurring role in ABC’s What Would You Do?! with John Quinones. She has been seen in commercials for the NJ Lottery and AT&T. You can find Jazelle's latest project God’s Compass on Amazon.com as she plays Jessica; an expecting mother in unique circumstances. Before moving to New York, she spent two years on a national children’s tour playing roles such as Harriet Tubman. Jazelle teaches theater to students all over New York City through companies such as Actors Connection and Barbizon as well as independently through her young woman’s program Worthy By Design that is focused on building the self esteem of young women through devised theater and performance. JazelleFoster.com
Joshua Langman (Sound Designer/Lead Lyricist) is a theatre artist, graphic designer, teaching artist, and writer. He has designed lighting, sound, and projections for Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Castillo Theatre, Teátrica, Brooklyn Gypsies, The 52nd Street Project, the Jim Henson Foundation, and many other companies. Josh is a teaching artist with Marquis Studios. He also writes and directs theatre for young audiences; his production Selfies recently toured Westchester County high schools. Josh is the resident graphic designer at Stageplays Theatre and Pioneers Go East Collective. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and a student in the CCNY Educational Theatre graduate program. joshualangman.com
Emily Johnson-Erday (Lead Composer) is a singer, songwriter, and actor based in NYC and a graduate of UNC-Greensboro with a Bachelor's degree in acting. She devised and performed in Electric Eye's first iteration of Welcome to the Doll Den at Dixon Place in June of 2016. She wrote music for and performed in Trial By Fire, a devised work unraveling the story of Bertolt Brecht's lovers and uncredited collaborators, at Columbia Stages, and has also performed in productions with UNC-G, UNCSA, the NC Theatre for Young People, and Triad Stage. Her first work as a musical theater lyricist/composer, EnTech: A Digital Musical, was a semifinalist in the New York New Works Festival in the summer of 2016. She recently presented an early workshop of her first song cycle, Lonely, as part of the Writers in Performance series at the Tribeca PAC. She is thrilled and proud to work with Electric Eye in telling this fascinating and important story.
Andrew Murdock (Set Designer) is a designer, performer, and educator based in the NYC area. Recent credits include performance and design for Juniper Tree (Dixon Place) and I Expect You to Die (Sarah Lawrence). He was the assistant puppet director of Yermadea Raw by Eric Ehn and directed by Kym Moore (La MaMa). He also assisted with the design and construction of puppets for Basil Twist’s Seafoam Sleepwalk (La Jolla Playhouse), as well as Phantom Limb’s 69º S (BAM) and Composer is Dead (Berkeley Repertory Theater). Andrew completed his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied in the Sculpture and Film/Animation/Video departments. He is a current graduate student at Sarah Lawrence College studying Theatre.
Sophie Talmadge Silleck (Lighting Designer) Selected credits: The Woman Who Shed Her Skin (Dixon Place); Roughly Speaking (TADA! Theatre); Cabaret (The Chapin School); Borders in the Bedroom (Paradise Factory); DNA, Gi60 2016 (Brooklyn College); The Devi Diva Triad (United Solo); The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome (FringeNYC); Apotheosis (The Tank). Assistant Lighting Design: Taylor Mac's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (St. Ann's Warehouse); Much Ado About Nothing, The Chosen, Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah (Barrington Stage Company). BFA: Brooklyn College. stslighting.com
Elsa Dial (Producer) is a program administrator for Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids, a performance-based police-community relations model of the All Stars Project. She graduated from Wells College with a B.A. in Performing Arts, receiving the Helen Gertrude Dean '25 Prize for Dramatic Expression.