TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.
420 is the theme of the 53rd installment of TELL. Featuring stories by Renair Amin, Cara Francis, Joey Kipp, and Arianne “Bozo” Lombardi.
$10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and the performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. Check her out online! www.draecampbell.com. Photograph by Grace Chu.
Becoming a vessel of healing wasn’t an easy process for the Pink Love Specialist, Renair Amin. The person she is today has survived addiction, family tragedy, sexual assault, depression, grief, divorce, religious trauma and domestic violence. From those experiences, Renair penned four books – Mental Silhouette, Domestically Cursed, Pit Crew: How to Survive a Spiritual Pit Stop and Come with Me, Love: A 21-Day Journey into the Song of Solomon for couples. A life and relationship coach, she has also had the privilege of speaking across the nation helping others find Pink Love in their lives. In 2018, she was given the esteem honor of being named “Miss Full-Figured USA Miss Congeniality.” Renair just completed her Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary and is excited to walk down the aisle in May 2019.
Cara Francis is a writer, performer and a comedian. An ensemble member of The New York Neo-Futurists from 2008-2017, she designed and performed in The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Vol 1 and 2 and The Soup Show. Her installation work includes “Stand” (Brooklyn Museum, IPA), “Remote” (Trouw, Amsterdam, NE, New Museum, New York for AUNTSisdance, First Person View, The Knockdown Center) and “Happy To See You” (Print Screen Festival, Tel Aviv, Automata Arts, Collapsable Hole, Dixon Place, The Wild Project). She regularly writes and performs original music as Fantasy Grandma (Bushwig, NY Comedy Festival at Carolines, Catch Performance Series). She is currently writing Dugout, a queer musical adaptation of A League Of Their Own as well as writing, directing and producing a series of short films with Julian Klepper about the people of New York City.
Joey Kipp is an NYC Dancer and performer.
Arianne “Bozo” Lombardi is a queer visual artist and musician from the Bronx. She is in the process of organizing her own songs into EP format, as she has spent her last 3 years primarily performing with local Bronx band “Brooks Thomas.” By daytime she is a bartender, and by side job she is a free-lance locksmith.