Susana Ventura

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Performance artist Susana Ventura (better known by her stage name of Penny Arcade) has been a fixture in the New York City Lower East Side artistic scene since she joined the budding Play-House of the Ridiculous in the late 1960s. Although she has a number of film credits to her name, including the satirical Andy Warhol production Women in Revolt, the attention she’s garnered comes largely from her live shows like Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!. Inspired by her years living on the margins of the queer community, her works incorporate drag and heavy improvisation. In response to the rising gentrification of Manhattan she helped found the Lower East Side Biography Project, which collects film footage of local artistic luminaries. In the early 2000s she unsuccessfully ran for State Assembly through the Green Party.

Ventura’s personal website can be found here and her Facebook page is available here.

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