She's showed us her "P-P-Poker Face," and now Lady Gaga's ready to share something a lot more intimate and avant-garde with her biggest fans: her real-life p-p-pregnancy! Acclaimed tribute artist Athena Reich stars as an expecting Lady Gaga in #ARTBIRTH, a hilarious evening of art, pop and comedy that combines vaudevillian comedy with ARTPOPoutrageousness. The show features a very preggers Lady Gaga who's decided to give birth in front of her most devoted fans as "the ultimate performance art piece." Star Athena Reich is an award-winning comic actress who's received acclaim from Lady Gaga's "Little Monsters" -- and even Gaga herself. Come see Gaga's baby being "Born This Way" in this show full of dancing, singing and afterbirth.
Coming to Toronto to the Berkeley Street Theatre August 2017.
Produced by Sara Schwartz Geller Productions
Created by Athena Reich
Dramaturg: Andy Goldberg
Written by Athena Reich & Jack Trinco
Choreographer: Michael J Clark
Choreographic Consultant: Kyle Rostan
“Tell her (Athena) she can use my image whenever and however she wants.”
— Lady Gaga (SXSW 2014)
“The world’s top Lady Gaga Impersonator”
— Chatelaine Magazine
“With the look and the performing chops already there, Ms. Reich set about becoming one of the first, and most professional, Lady Gaga impersonators.”
— New York Observer
New Voiceover Reel
I had a fabulous time in the studio making a new voice over reel. Thanks to my coach John Stocker (voice over legend) and the incredibly talented Dave Boire of DB Audio, I now have an awesome new commercial voice over reel! Listen here!
And new headshots by Hayley Andoff!
I'm not someone who goes 'gaga' for celebrities. Having been in this business since I was a kid, I know how how crucial luck and timing are to a career. Having said that, it is always fascinating to work with someone who has tons of experience. When it came time for our 'moment', Sandra arrived and said, "Athena! I always wished my name was Athena!".
I had to make our little crowd laugh in the moment before our scene, so I told stories about my baby having colic while I was alone in New York as a single mom. "Oh my god!" she said afterwards, "I thought you made that up!". Charming and empathetic, Sandra won me over immediately.
However, it's not just charm. It's also smart to quickly connect with your scene partner right before you shoot. That's just good acting.
Counter to that, I was recently at an audition where a fellow actor was listing off his accomplishments, and quizzing me for mine, in a passive aggressive manner.
It's such a clear example of how there is no need to be mean or demeaning in order to succeed. Friendliness, humor, and an open heart can get you even further.
Vegas Baby (formerly titled “haveababy”) has had an amazing run on the festival circuit and gained a ton of important press. It has a new trailer and is coming to a theater near you! Upcoming screenings include NYC (March 28), Cleveland, Las Vegas, Bay Area, LA — the list goes on, and they are adding cities every day!
If you don’t see your city listed here It’s easy to bring the film to a local movie theater or other venue in your town. If you are in the US, find out more at http://bit.ly/VBtugg. If you are in Canada, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a small community group, don't be intimidated! Please reach out as they are open to all types of screenings, big and small.
The mission of this grassroots screening campaign -- with the help of Executive Producer Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me, CNN’s Inside Man) and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association -- is to raise awareness about infertility by starting a national conversation around this often misunderstood issue through the powerful medium of film (with a dose of good humor injected by yours truly).
Email email@example.com with any questions about how you can be a part of this cinema-on-demand campaign!
Athena & Phoenix reflect on Turning 1.
I am thrilled to announce I have been nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the InFame Awards at the Queen Elizabeth Theater in Toronto! Please come! Click this link to buy tix and get a 40% discount. The awards show is Thurs. Sept 15th. Fingers crossed I win!
Looking forward to sharing the stage with my buddy Jeffery Straker on the Barbra Hall Stage behind the 519 Queer Community Center in Toronto. Jeffery is an awesome dynamic performer. We met when we were both up for awards in Vegas at the Outmusic Awards. See you then for this 90 min gig! We will be taking turns, each performing our own music.
So proud of this episode. Enjoy!!
Having faced infertility, Athena finally has the baby she fought so hard for. Explore motherhood with Athena in this comedic webseries tackling everything from colic, to baby's first injury, to international travel. Athena is an award winning actress, singer/songwriter and Lady Gaga impersonator. Click to watch!
4 episodes now live! Please comment and let us know what you think!!!
Upcoming Gaga gigs with dancers June 4 (Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Plaza) & 25 (Southampton, NY) around NYC. They are private parties so unfortunately not open to the public but the bookings are coming in!