Cassidy Dawn Graves (CDG) is a writer, producer/curator, and theatre/performance artist. Her performance work is often silly, cartoonish, and irreverent, often involving music, sex, talking food, and wacky toy props. BFA with honors from NYU Tisch's Playwrights Horizons Theater School.
Creator of the Am I Write, Ladies? performance series and the monthly variety benefit show Pairs N Chairs, she has also produced Soundbites (a podcast/evening of live radio dramas and food, created with Dan Rider), an open mic for playwrights, the world premiere of Anderson Cook's play Shatter, and Ry Szelong's Interabang at Ars Nova's Ant Fest.
She has written on topics such as theater reviews she hated, arts and culture, queerness, local happenings, and more for Paper Mag, Extra Crispy, INTO, Bitch Media, Gothamist, Brokelyn, Hyperallergic, NYU Local, Howlround, and New York Magazine's Bedford + Bowery, completed a thesis on representation of BDSM in American theater, and presented research at the Comparative Drama Conference.
Cassidy recently wrote and performed The Sexual Pioneers Talk Show, a research-based comedic talk show exploring early sexuality, and 50 Shades of Graves, an interactive sex education musical co-composed with Caitlin Cobb-Vialet. In addition to theatrical work, she writes and performs her own music, a mix of comedic tunes and confessional folk-pop songs.
She has worked with Erin Markey, AGGROCRAG, Built for Collapse, Matthew Silver, Fritz Donnelly, Woodshed Collective, Witness Relocation, Dave Malloy, to name a few, and has presented original performance work at Dixon Place, Bizarre Bushwick, The Living Gallery, The Silent Barn, Under St Marks, NYU Tisch, and several rooftops. she has designed costumes and props for NYU shows, helped make a show with German high schoolers in Berlin, created plays about BDSM dungeon bathrooms and Times Square peep shows, and been involved in every which way in many odd Bushwick variety shows.
She once performed at Coney Island wearing pasties made of random people's faces, and once got a writing job as a result of performing naked in the street in an improvised human blob.
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