Connie Winston is a formerly New York City-based performance artist (read: actor/writer/dramaturg/director/producer), who became burned out from la grosse Pomme after having lived there for 22 years…12 years longer than she thought she ever would… She has managed to “Escape (from) New York” and plans to resettle in the city of her birth, “Charm City,” also known as Baltimore.
Her latest work, Down on Griffin Alley, co-written with Jean Randich, premiered at Dixon Place (New York) in New York in March 2017. She is an associate producer of Veils of Justice by Ann Tares at SoHo Playhouse (New York) and co-producer of My Name is Harriet Tubman at the WorkShop Theater (New York). Other New York City venues: McGinn/Cazale Theatre, H.E.R.E., La Mama, E.T.C., New Dramatists, the Ohio Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Soho Rep, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Lincoln Center. While in New York, Connie had the great pleasure of working with The Talking Band, founded by Ellen Maddow, Tina Shepard and Paul Zimet, former members of Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theatre. Her aesthetics lie with improvisational performance/physical theater, the development of new works, stage adaptations and Expanded Cinema.
Additionally, Connie is the author of The Autobiography of Dorothy Dean, produced at the former Miranda Theatre (New York) and Confession, which had a workshop performance at Dixon Place. She has directed August Strindberg’s, The Stronger, Trifles by Susan Glaspell, and adapted Eudora Welty’s short story, A Worn Path for the stage. She directed the premiere production of No Good War by Tali Ariav, developed in the Playwrights’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Connie is also a published writer, having had biographical articles appear in the African American National Biography (Oxford University Press) and interviews in the former Black Masks Magazine and the Nka Journal of Contemporary Art (Duke University Press).
Connie received her MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Iowa, an MA in performing arts from Emerson College and a BA in theatre (with a concentration in acting and directing) from SUNY/New Paltz. Occasionally, Connie may be seen on late night re-runs of Law & Order (the original) and less so on Conviction, a spin-off that lasted the obligatory 13 episodes (one season), in her recurring role as Judge Shirley Taylor.