WRITER / DIRECTOR

Athena has had a lifelong career both in front of and behind the camera. As an actress, musician, and TV host, Athena has appeared in numerous award-winning TV shows, music videos and webseries. Behind the scenes, Athena has produced, written, and directed short films, webseries, music videos (“Love is Love” charted at #1 on MTV LOGO and “Logical Song” charted in the top 10), and plays in New York and LA, including an extensive Off-Broadway run that received Time Out Critic’s Pick. Athena is also considered the “World’s Top Lady Gaga Impersonator” by Chatelaine and New York Magazine, and was even Tweeted about by the real Lady Gaga.

Athena’s personal story as a single lesbian mother by choice who created her family with donor egg and sperm was featured in the 2018 Emmy-nominated documentary “Vegas Baby”, directed by Oscar-nominated Amanda Micheli. Athena’s experiences, both in her personal life and in showbiz, provide her with special access to the LGBT, infertility and impersonator communities, as well as in-depth experience on both sides of the camera.

Athena writes for various magazines including Today’s Parent, HuffPost Canada and Chatelaine. She has recently launched Alternative Families International Magazine. Notable writing credits include being commissioned to write a poem for the New York Aquarium, and her lyrics in the permanent collection at the International Museum for Peace and Solidarity in Uzbekistan.  

 

RECENT ARTICLES

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  1. 5 Tips For Surviving the Holidays, From A Queer Single Mom By Choice” HuffPost Canada

  2. Setting The Record Straight On 4 Misconceptions About Infertility” HuffPost

  3. "Am I Crazy or Brave? I’m Single and Trying for a Second Child" Pregnantish Magazine

  4. "How I'm Building My Family with Donor Eggs and Sperm" Today's Parent

  5. "8 things not to say to an older mom with a baby" Today's Parent

  6. "5 Ways to Succeed While Trying to Conceive" Today's Parent

  7. "Infertility Sucks, But You Can Transcend It. Here's How" HuffPost Canada.

  8. "Here's How to Avoid Being 'That' Parent On a Flight" HuffPost Canada.

  9. "5 New Year's Resolutions for Single Moms" Published in HuffPost Canada.

  10. "I Ditched The Guilt And Loved My Vacation As A Single Mother By Choice". Published in HuffPost Canada.

  11. "Why, despite always wanting the 'picket fence', I chose to become a single mom". Published in Chatelaine

  12. "Lesbian ISO Sperm (Or, Selections from the Heart" Athena reveals how she selected sperm when she was trying to get pregnant. Published on Path 2 Parenthood.

  13. "Baby Steps". Personal essay about being a lesbian single mother by choice and my journey through infertility. Published in GO MAGAZINE in print and online here. See image of hardcopy here.

  14. Personal essay "Naturally Mama" for Mary Esther Malloy's "A Mindful Cesarean". (website & e-book)

  15. Host, Cook and Blogger for The Curious Cook Series.

  16. Editorials for IndieSceneTV. Samples include:

    1. How I Became a Lady Gaga Impersonator

    2. How I Met My Manager

    3. Best and Worst Gig

PLAYS

  1. Author of "LADY GAGA: #ARTBIRTH" which played Off-Broadway at the Laurie Beechman Theater 2014-2015 and received Time Out Critic's Pick, and ran at the Berkeley Street Theatre (Canadian Stage) in Toronto 2017.

  2. Co-author of "Hush: Inside the Waiting Womb". Play premiered at The Players Club in NYC. Directory Christian Campbell. Co-authors Christian Campbell, America Olivo, Erin Cummings, Sanam Erfani, Marni Neve.

  3. Author (book/lyrics/music) of "Athena Under Attack: the musical", produced at the Producer's Club in NYC and the Toronto Fringe Festival. For cast recording click here. For play excerpt click here.

POETRY

  1. "Cassandra and the Great King Coral". Poem commissioned by the Wildlife Conservation Society for the opening of the Alien Stinger Exhibit at the New York Aquarium. Children's book with concrete poetry. Read sample here. For full manuscript, contact me.

  2. "How Can I Sleep" published in the book "911...NYC...The Days After".

  3. Selections from "Athena Under Attack" (lyrics and music) on display at the International Museum of Peace and Solidarity in Uzbekistan.

SONGS

For discography, please see music page.