Current Projects

Upcoming Performance 2/20 @ 7 &9pm:

Haunted Files

Produced by American Slavery Project & The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 7PM & 9PM

The Sheen Center in collaboration with The American Slavery Project presents Haunted Files, an immersive evening of theatre, recreating through audience interaction, performance, and talkback the history of scientific racism and eugenics in America. Eugenics is the Progressive Era movement of white Protestant “experts” that sought to eliminate a range of marginalized peoples and elevate Northern Europeans as the norm. The movement pushed these goals through immigration restriction, sterilization, institutionalization, and controlled breeding. It’s legacies continue to have a lasting impact on our country today, even with its dark ties to the atrocities of the Nazi regime.

This evening will draw on the “human trait” files of America’s Eugenics Records Office, specifically the eugenics lecture notes, handed-down pedigree charts, and endless “human trait” files, along with the actual notes of a white eugenics field researcher and an African-Chinese American patient who was deemed automatically “unfit,”institutionalized, and eventually sterilized.

The Eugenics Records Office was the Long Island epicenter of the American eugenics movement. In spring 2015, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU creatively reimagined the Eugenics Records Office in the exhibit “Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office.” American Slavery Project (ASP) was invited to examine the records and created a piece as part of the exhibit programing. ASP writers have imagined the lives of the field worker and the patient and woven the stories of these two women together in a duologue, shedding light on the history of scientific racism in America.

Featuring a post show panel with Adam Cohen, author of Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck; Noa Fuller and Jack Tchen, co-curators of the original “Haunted Files” exhibition; and Judy Tate, co-founder of The American Slavery Project.

The A/P/A Institute’s “Haunted Files” online can be found here.

The theatrical event will be in the Loreto Theater at 7PM & 9PM.

The Haunted Files Exhibition will be in Studio A&B from 9AM-5PM.

Tickets: $25

*Student rush tickets will be available an hour before any performance for $20 with a valid current student ID

AudioBook Review from AudioFile:

THE LINES WE LEAVE BEHIND

by Eliza Graham | Read by Stina Nielsen

Fiction • 11.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2018

Maude, a WWII resistance fighter incarcerated in an insane asylum after the war, slowly recovers her memory and recounts a series of horrific events to her psychiatrist and to us, her listeners. Narrator Stina Nielsen is a convincing Maude, whose tightly controlled voice resonates with tension. Nielsen captures Maude’s growing awareness of the events that placed her in the institution. This is a psychological novel, a thriller, a war story, and, in an ironic way, a love story. Resistance fighters are trained not to show emotion, and Nielsen’s Maude is a cool character who endures much. It’s a mesmerizing story delivered in an authentic voice. D.L.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2018]

http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/149273/the-lines-we-leave-behind-by-eliza-graham-read-by-stina-nielsen/

AudioBook Review from AudioFile:

 

ALL’S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

by Victoria Jamieson | Read by Laura Knight Keating, Susan Bennett, Angelo Di Loreto, Chris Gebauer, Christopher Carley, Jennifer O’Donnell, Soneela Nankani, Madeleine Maby, Eevin Hartsough, Stina Nielsen

Children  Ages 10+ • 2.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2017

 

An ensemble of narrators brings the bustle of a Renaissance fair, the vagaries of middle school, and the tribulations of a homeschooling family vividly to life. For 11-year-old Imogene Vega, the start of sixth grade and the opening of the Renaissance fair where her family works converge. Imogene is anxious about heading into a public school setting and eager to learn about the role of an English squire. The narrating team keeps listeners on their toes. Switching between the fair and school takes concentration on the part of the listener. Memorable aspects of this production include Imogene’s reticence as well as her warmth for her parents; the cattiness of her classmates; and the humor inherent in contrasting Renaissance diction with contemporary language. A.R. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2018]

Audiobook Review from AudioFile:

Sit, Stay, Love

Rescue Me, Book 2

by Debbie Burns | Read by Stina Nielsen

Romantic Fiction • 11.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2018

Narrator Stina Nielsen’s light tone and easy pacing provide the perfect atmosphere for this story of rescue, rehabilitation, and romance. A dog-fighting ring is broken up, and the High Grove Animal Shelter takes on 30 physically and emotionally wounded animals to try to rehabilitate them for future adoptions. Animal handler Kurt, a veteran who suffers from PTSD, reluctantly takes on the job of rehabbing the animals with shelter worker Kelsey. Nielsen distinguishes characters subtly, changing tone and inflection just enough to make it apparent who’s speaking during dialogue. She perfectly conveys Kurt’s reluctance to feel anything, contrasting it with Kelsey’s openheartedness and warmth. L.C.L. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2018]

http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/144329/sit-stay-love-by-debbie-burns-read-by-stina-nielsen/

A new project from Metabook, check it out

As Metabook continues to expand its distribution platforms and footprint in film, audio, and digital entertainment, we are thrilled to announce that Metabook has inked a deal with Audible o distribute audio content of its titles, beginning with Imagining Diana, the new novel by New York Times bestselling author Diane Clehane, starring Stina Nielsen,
now available exclusively through Audible:  
Here’s an article about it form the New York Times:
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/19/style/princess-diana-death.html

Winner – Best Documentary – LA Shorts International Film Festival!

Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber just won the Best Documentary award at LA Shorts International Film Festival! This win qualifies the film for a Documentary – Short Subject Academy Award run

Headed to the Cannes and Huesca Film Festivals!

Exciting news!

I had the pleasure and honor of doing the narration for this lovely short film, YOURS SINCERELY, LOIS WEBER, by Metabook Films. Directed by Svetlana Cvetko, it’s about the bold, talented and innovative film maker, Lois Weber and now it’s an Official Selection of both the Cannes Film Festival and the Huesca International Film Festival!

This film is featured as part of the content of Metabook’s app for Wally Lamb’s I’LL TAKE YOU THERE (in which I read the role of Ingrid Bergman and several of the other ensemble characters.)  Check it out: http://www.metabook.com

“Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber” poster

Nancy Herriman’s Mystery of Old San Francisco Series

REVIEW in AudioFile Magazine of  No Pity For the Dead:

Stina Nielsen, who narrated NO COMFORT FOR THE LOST, is completely at home delivering the second in Herriman’s Mystery of Old San Francisco series. This time, nurse Celia Davies and detective Nick Greaves are on the hunt for answers after 14-year-old Owen digs up a body under the basement floor of the offices of a dodgy real estate company. Nielsen’s portrayal of Owen is so real listeners will swear there’s a teenager in the room. Her Celia is spunky, conflicted about her attraction to Nick, and incorrigible. Her version of Nick sounds like a man trying to be nonjudgmental but whose bias is showing. The plotting is clever, the characters are appealing, and Stina Nielsen’s performance makes this first-rate series even better. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2017

http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/122251/

 

Written by Nancy Herriman
Narrated by Stina Nielsen

Written by Nancy Herriman
Narrated by Stina Nielsen

Interactive Theatre /Diversity Training with DeValk Associates

For the past few years I have been performing with a wonderful company called DeValk Associates.  We perform short dramatizations of workplace situations as catalysts to in depth conversations about micro inequities, diversity awareness and respectful, productive workplace communication.

Steve DeValk, who runs the company, interviews the clients extensively in order to then write unique scripts based on the issues the client needs addressed. Then we rehearse with him and on the day of the program our performances enhance his moderation and presentation.  It’s really been exciting to do this work and I’m so happy to be a part of it all.

Here is a Fortune.com article about one of our performances for the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative last November:

http://fortune.com/2016/11/17/difficult-conversations-about-race/

Here is a link to DeValk Associates:

http://www.devalkassociates.com