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Fun Home Post-Show Discussion

Ring of Keys: A Cross-Generational Discussion of the LGBTQ+ Experience

Cardinal Stage Company invites you to join us for a discussion with community leaders about the generational differences in the American LGBTQ+ experience, which are addressed by the characters in the show in an honest and open way.

When: Saturday, June 16 following the 2pm performance of Fun Home
Where: Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium
Admission: The discussion is free to attend and open to the public, but tickets are required for the production of Fun Home. Find tickets here. If you have tickets to a different performance of Fun Home, you can still attend this post-show discussion!

Leading the discussion is Cindy Houston, along with panelists Janae Cummings, Olli Bernhart, Abby Henkel, Danielle Hernandez, Nancy Kalina, Robert Ping-Slater, and Christopher Simanton. To learn more about the panelists, please read their bios here:

Janae Cummings (she/her) is the Board Chair of Bloomington PRIDE, a volunteer-powered, 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving the LGBTQ+ communities of Bloomington and South Central Indiana through outreach, advocacy, education, and safe-space programs. She is also founder of the Rainbow Soul Power Social Club—a support and meet-up group for queer people of color in the Bloomington area. Janae is a communications professional at Indiana University and lover of graphic novels, Radiohead, and naps.

Olli Bernhart is a 20-year-old trans/nonbinary and bisexual person. They use they/them/theirs pronouns. Their hobbies and interests include music, writing, drawing, baseball, and hockey. They are a third-year English student at IU and are part of the Prism Youth Community leadership team and Education and Training committee.

Abby Henkel is the Communications Director for Sycamore Land Trust, and sings soprano with Voces Novae and Malcolm Dalglish’s Ooolites. A graduate of Earlham College, Abby studied choral composition and researched the influence of gay composers’ sexuality on their music. She is starting an independent research project into the ways gender expression is explored in classical music. Abby has an MA from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and is the former co-director of Bloomington PRIDE.

Danielle Hernandez currently works as the Graduate Assistant at the IU LGBTQ+ Culture Center. Originally from New York City, Danielle moved to Bloomington to study School Psychology in the hopes of becoming a school-based advocate for LGBTQ+ student safety and education. Outside of work and classes, Danielle enjoys spending time with her girlfriend, making art, and petting dogs.

Nancy Kalina has lived in Bloomington for 23 years. Even though she was born near Cleveland, OH, she has now lived in Bloomington longer than anywhere else. Nancy owns Safe Space Life Coaching and has been a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach for 6 years. She has been on the board of the Indiana University GLBT Alumni Association. Nancy has also been part of the IU Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual speakers’ bureau for approximately 13 years. As part of the speakers’ bureau, Nancy volunteers her time to be on GLB panels for classes and organizations on Indiana University’s campus and within the community. Finally, Nancy is married to Kim Davis and they have been together for 22 years.

Robert Ping-Slater has lived in Bloomington for almost 30 years and came out to his friends and then family 25 years ago. He is President of Quarryland Men’s Chorus where he has been a singer for 15 years, is the Volunteer Coordinator for the GLB and Gender Speakers’ Bureaus at Indiana University, was a founding Board Director of Bloomington PRIDE, and has been married to Tom Ping-Slater for 12 years. His life revolves around his family, advocating for rights, and helping those in need.

Christopher Simanton AKA Oriana Perón, grew up in Bloomington IN. Having been OUT since the age of 14 he experienced a full range of reactions from many different humans. At 27, Christopher created the persona, Oriana Perón, as a creative outlet for all the stories he has experienced. One of Oriana’s main goals is to be a positive beacon for young Queer youth and show that being your authentic self is a sure path to happiness.