Entertainer: Sierra Rein I Speaker: Jean Naggar
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Entertainer: Sierra Rein's 2018 debut solo show "Running in Place" garnered her both the 2019 MAC Award for Best Debut and the 2019 Bistro Award for Outstanding Debut. Sierra is a member of MAC Award-winning group Marquee Five and Board Member of Mark Janas’ The Salon Open Mic. In addition to shows at Goodspeed Opera and Ogunquit Playhouse, Sierra was previously seen waving wands and tentacles for Disney Cruise Line and as a villainous singing Russian in the short film “Better Dead Than Red.” “Rein makes it clear she’s totally in command of where she has long wanted to be…wide-ranging in content and style as her astonishingly supple voice and myriad lyric interpretations.” – BistroAwards.com. “Sassy, touching, intelligent…transforms from saucy to sizzling…an emotional payoff with the skill and confidence of a Judy Garland or Barbra Streisand.” – Cabaret Scenes.
Speaker: Jean Naggar has been published in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Publishers Weekly and Writer's Digest. Her memoir of an unusual childhood, Sipping from the Nile: My Exodus from Egypt ( Lake Union, 2012), was an International Book Award finalist in two categories. Her latest book, a novel, Footprints on The Heart, has hit the ground running. For over forty years she presided over the agency she founded in New York City in 1974, the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc, (JVNLA), delighting in introducing her vibrant, eclectic client list - among them, Jean M. Auel, Mary McGarry Morris, Sarah Waters, Nancy Willard, Phillip Margolin, Christopher Sansom, Karleen Koen, Carl Safina, Linda Pastan, - to the world. The agency is now run by Jennifer Weltz, her daughter. Mother of three and grandmother of seven, Jean is a past president of the the AAR (Association of Authors' Representatives) and a member of the Authors' Guild, the International Women's Forum, and the Women's Media Group. She was honored as Woman of the Year by the WMG in 2018.