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The Jilline Ringle Female Solo Artist Performance Residency


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The Jilline Ringle Female Solo Artist Performance Residency
« on: March 04, 2017, 10:20:10 AM »
On Monday, March 13th, 1812 Productions will hold a special information session about The Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program, 1812 Productions' grant-making and residency program supporting the work of female solo artists. The information session is open to the public and will cover the format and guidelines of the program and submission process.

Established in 2005, The Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program is dedicated to supporting the creation, development and production of work by female solo artists across a variety of disciplines—theater, performance art, and cabaret. The program offers support in two areas: The "Couple Extra Bucks" Fund and the 1812 Summer Residency. The "Couple Extra Bucks" Fund provides small individual artist grants to female artists whose solo work is scheduled for production. The 1812 Summer Residency gives two or three solo artists the opportunity to work for one week with the collaborator or mentor of their choice in the 1812 Productions studio space. To date, The Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program has supported the work of more than two dozen artists.

Please note, The Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program uses inclusive definitions of "woman" and "female" and welcomes trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.

The information session will be held from 6:00-7:30pm at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place in Center City. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Emily Kleimo, Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director, at or at 215-592-9560. Further information about The Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program can be found on 1812 Productions' website here -


Program History
The Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program was established in 2005 after the passing of Philadelphia theatre sensation, and self-proclaimed "six foot redhead amazon from hell whom all men desire," Jilline Ringle. Ms. Ringle was a mainstay in early 1812 Productions shows including Michael Ogborn's musical Box Office of the Damned, Always a Lady, which she co-created and performed with 1812 co-founder Jennifer Childs, and her original cabaret Mondo Mangia. Best known for her original solo works, Ms. Ringle combined traditional cabaret with a theatrical and comedic flair all her own to create solo events full of intelligence, laughter, and heart. It was through her solo work that she was able to fully develop her own unique artistic voice. Jilline was beloved by many communities and had several artistic homes—City Theatre in Pittsburgh, where her cabarets ran for many seasons; the Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey, where she premiered all of her work; and Philadelphia, where she worked often at the Arden Theatre Company and 1812 Productions. Ms. Ringle received four Barrymore Award nominations for her work.

"Jilline donated money and countless hours to theater companies she loved and causes she cared about, singing at fundraisers and offering her time, talent (and sometimes the dress off her back!) as auction prizes," Jennifer Childs says of Ms. Ringle's altruism. "She was a mentor for young performers and students, teaching them about the business, coaching them on auditions and making them dinner or buying them lunch when money was tight. It is in this spirit of generosity that The Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program was established. Prior to her passing, Jilline talked about wanting to give other artists the opportunity to do what she had done—find her artistic voice by creating her own solo work."

About 1812 Productions
1812 Productions was founded in 1997 and is the only professional theater company in the country dedicated to comedy. With a focus on devised and original works, 1812 Productions' mission is to produce theatrical works of comedy and comedic works of theatre that explore and celebrate our sense of community, our history, and our humanity. Visit