Connie Winston is a New York City-based performance artist. She is the producer of Down on Griffin Alley, co-written with Jean Randich and presented at Dixon Place in New York City in March 2017. Down on Griffin Alley was originally conceived with filmmaker, Joey Huertas, and produced and presented as On Griffin Alley: A Recreation of the Life, Trial and Execution of Lena Baker in 2014.
Connie was 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 include: McGinn/Cazale Theatre, H.E.R.E., La Mama, E.T.C., New Dramatists, the (old) Ohio Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Soho Rep, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Lincoln Center. She has performed with The Talking Band, founded by Ellen Maddow, Tina Shepard and Paul Zimet, former members of Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theatre, in productions of Bad Women as Medea and Belize.
Additionally, she 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 (Emerson College), Trifles by Susan Glaspell (The University of Rochester), and the premiere production of No Good War by Tali Ariav, developed in the Playwrights’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. She has also adapted Eudora Welty’s short story, A Worn Path for the stage, in which she performed the role of Phoenix Jackson.
Connie is a published writer and has had biographical articles appear in the African American National Biography (Oxford University Press) and interviews in 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.
Her next project, Adventures in Taxidermy: The Lives and Deaths of Lena Baker and Sandra Bland will premiere at Dixon Place in October 2018 and directed by Rhonda Passion Hansome.