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The Terri Allen Legacy Fund


The DC Cabaret Network has received a generous donation from an anonymous donor to set up a fund keeping Terri's memory, work, and spirit alive. On the first year remembering Terri's passing, we are proud to announce the creation of this fund to our members.


The Terri Allen Legacy Fund will provide financial stability to Terri's passion, Open Mics, as well as extend the work of the Network into events and functions that provide a "next step" for cabaret performers. Individuals will also be able to make tax-deductible contributions to the Fund. We are very excited about the possibilities ahead.


The ink is still drying on the final details, but we will announce the Fund in greater detail as soon as possible. For now, we just want to take an opportunity to remember Terri and her music.



 DCCN Merchandise Now Available via CafePress


Show off your DC Cabaret Network swag with DCCN t-shirts, tote bags, water bottles, mouse pads, hoodies, and more.  Check out the selection of merchandise available from our CafePress shop, and let us know if there are other products you'd like to see!


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Marilyn Hausfeld  - "Just Between Us: A Piano, A Mic, A Memory" - September 5 (Excerpts), October 1 -4


After playing so many characters on stage,Washington favorite Marilyn Hausfeld is now singing her own story in a premiere for the Women's  Voices Theatre Festival. She and internationally known musical director Alex Rybeck have been chosen by Washington Women in Theatre to be their entry in this premiere festival featuring works (from fifty Washington area theatres), all written by women.


"Just Between Us - A Piano, A Mic, A Memory" is an intimate and upbeat autobiographical show. It combines comedy, drama and favorite songs to tell the story of a Jewish girl growing up in a very modest apartment in Brooklyn. Her childhood audition for "The Sound of Music" on Broadway sets her on a path of discovery.


Through the structure of a cabaret act, the audience is invited to share her funny and touching journey. It is at once uniquely personal yet archetypal. A woman follows her love of language and applies it to teaching, marriage, raising kids, experiencing aging and loss and celebrating a very special friendship that unexpectedly leads her back to fulfill unrealized dreams and find her own voice.


From traditional immigrant values ( Find a job! Find a husband!) to the more liberated view of contemporary women's lives (Find Yourself!), this is a piece that embodies the essence of humor, allowing us to laugh at the things that are actually serious as of transforming ourselves.


Oct 1-4 - Washington Women in Theater (WWIT) at Source Theater: 1835 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

* Oct 1 & 2 at 1 p.m.

* Oct. 3 at 7 p.m

* Oct. 4 at 11.30 a.m. and 6 p.m.


$22 General Admission, $20 Seniors and $16 Groups. For tickets, visit or call 1-800-838-3006


Maggie’s Cabaret - September 25


Please mark your calendars for the first Maggie's Cabaret of the 2015-16 season on Friday, September 25th.  Annapolis based singer/actress Sheri Kuznick Owen will present her show, "No One Knows Who I Am."  Sheri has played numerous leading roles in musicals such as "Evita," "The Music Man," "Cabaret" and "The Last Five Years," among others, and now hopes to play herself - if she can figure out who that is!


Her cabaret show features a wonderful collection of standards and show tunes.  Direction by Steven Cupo and Musical Direction by Alex Tang. 


Doors open at 7:15pm. The cabaret begins at 8:00pm.  Suggested donation (which includes light refreshments) is $20.00.  Maggie's takes place at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Avenue, NW in upper Dupont Circle.  

Alex Rybeck Cabaret Workshop - October 3 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Source Theater 


DCCN has asked Alex Rybeck, an accomplished New York-based pianist and musical director, to offer a workshop to our members and community. He will be in town to music direct DCCN member Marilyn Hausfeld's show at the Source Theater at 1835 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009


Space in the 2 hour course is extremely limited, but  auditors may attend for $20. You may pay in cash at the door, or through an online donation on the DCCN website (


If you would like to join the performer wait list, please email

The course will feature eight performers singing repertoire from the American Songbook and receiving coaching and musical direction from Alex. Please consider attending.

Backstage with…


Backstage with… DC Cabaret performer Marilyn Hausfeld


Q. Marilyn, how did you come to join the DC Cabaret Network?

A. I had just worked with Alex Rybeck, then musical director at The International Cabaret Conference at Yale. He told me he was conducting a master class for the DCCN with the Calloway sisters. It was already filled, but at the last minute someone dropped out and I stepped in. I was so impressed with the people from the network. It was a great feeling to be with people who were not only talented, but also encouraging and welcoming. I participated in the showcase this year and hope to get more involved with other activities ahead.

Q. What was your process for choosing the song order for your upcoming show?


A. Since this is my first show, I will specifically explain my process this time. It is a bit of a hybrid cabaret. It could be called a theater piece with songs, although the structure is definitely cabaret. It is autobiographical and has a definite beginning, middle and end. As I thought of the story line, songs presented themselves that fit the tone and feeling I was looking for.


The "presented themselves" part happened in various ways. I was just going through some music with my musical director Alex Rybeck and he suddenly stopped and sprung off the piano bench to pull a piece of music from his incredibly large file cabinet. He said, "This song is you!" I sat down next to him on the piano bench and he played and sang it for me. I listened as tears just rolled down my face. I knew right away that I had to sing it in my show. It is about a mother singing to her young son and teaching him words (the song is New Words, by Maury Yeston). It struck a personal chord. In terms of "order" it naturally slid into the part of the show where I speak about becoming a mother. But, even though the story sets up an order, as a cabaret performer I was still aware of balancing the music so that upbeat songs and ballads were interspersed.


Q. Where will we see and hear you next?

A. Alex and I will be doing be doing Just Between Us – A Piano, A Mic, A Memory at the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival Saturday, September 5th, 11am at the South Millennium Stage.


We will also be performing the show at the Source (1835 14th St NW) from October 1 through 4, as part of the Women's Voices Theatre Festival, representing Washington Women in Theatre.



Classes, Workshops, and Instruction



George Fulginiti-Shakar offers private vocal coaching sessions and is also teaching a performance class at Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. George has worked with many singers helping them to develop vocal technique, audition material, cabaret acts, piano arrangements and transpositions of songs in the "right" key. Daytime and evening times are available.

Email to or call 202-332-7570.


Cindy Hutchins is currently offering private lessons in vocal & performance technique for teens and adults.

Learn the basics of healthy singing; increase your knowledge of music theory/sightsinging, and discover new song repertoire for auditions, cabaret shows, or just for fun.  Cindy is an experienced performer, teacher, and producer.

Afternoon and evening times are available.  Dupont Circle location accessible to metro.  Email: or call 301-717-4665 for more information.





James K. McCully offers Professional Level Training for Opera, Musical Theater & Cabaret.


James is a former National Endowment for the Arts' Opera Musical Theater Fellow & On-Site Evaluator of Professional Opera and Musical Theater Companies and their Emerging Artists Training Programs across the nation.


He has taught on the voice faculties of Catholic University of America & National Conservatory. His students perform with AGMA Opera Houses/AEA Theatres, National/International Tours, PBS, The White House for Presidents & Her Majesty, The Queen, National Cathedral,  and the Armed Forces.


Washington DC Eastern Market Metro Vocal Studios:


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Email:      Voice   (202)683-7874 or (703)354-8623