Raven Snook is a native New York Jew who tried desperately to avoid pursuing a career as a performer. Unfortunately, she lost the battle. Raven graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1993 with a B.A. in Theatre. Since then she has developed and performed in six one-woman cabaret shows. The first three, Raven Is Vamp , Raven's Coloring Book and Witness the Birthday of a Diva were performed with her friend, collaborator and accompanist, Joe Bousard. Her favorite of these, Raven's Coloring Book was a compilation of children's songs sung from an adult point of view. (Oscar the Grouch's "I Love Trash" took on a whole new meaning!) It was also recorded as a demo and is available upon request.
Raven's fifth show, Divalution: How I Became a Drag Queen Trapped in a Woman's Body, was originally performed at Don't Tell Mama in June 1997 with musical director David Lewis. Inspired by the show's success, Raven decided to revamp it and bring it back with musical director Fran Minarik. Her sixth show, The Continuing Saga of a Drag Queen Trapped in a Woman's Body, a sequel to Divalution, was performed in June of 1998. Raven combined these last two shows into Designated Diva: The Confessions of a Drag Queen Trapped in a Woman's Body, which she performed to sold out audiences in New York City in October of 1998. Raven just returned from San Francisco where she performed Designated Diva at Piaf's Cabaret in honor of Gay Pride Week. Raven has also sung at The Duplex, Rose's Turn and The Village Gate, and is the first biological female performer to sing at Lucky Cheng's Drag Restaurant and Bar.
Raven has performed at many of Manhattan's well-known (but under-funded) downtown theatre companies including Musical Theatre Works, Theatre for the New City, HERE, Wings Theatre, Expanded Arts, The Oasis Theatre Company, and the Sage Theatre Company. Raven is also a founding member of the Clyde Fitch Group, which made its debut October 1997.
She is also a published writer and has contributed theatre and cabaret articles to The Village Voice, High Performance Magazine, CAB Magazine and contributes copy to numerous web sites.
Raven's ideal dream is to tour with her unique one woman show, and then return home to New York for an extended off-Broadway run. She mixes current and retro rock songs with show tunes and cabaret standards. Her goal is to attract audiences who normally would not think to patronize a cabaret or piano bar. She knows all Gen X'ers can love cabaret's intimate format as much as she does. If not, they can always enjoy staring at the tattoos on her breasts (her piercings cannot be revealed in polite company).
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